Erik Markman J.S. #1
A very tightly multi-layered billet served as a starting block for this inspired hidden tang creation that marries a Damascus with a duplex ladder pattern and an equally spectacular black carbon fiber handle. Every time you look at it a new landscape unfolds, the blade’s fuller and flat grinds creating nuances of gray that play off the degrees of brilliance reflected by the polished stainless steel guard and signature bronze spacer.

Serial number



Hidden tang


Duplex ladder pattern


1.2842/75ni8 steels


Flat with fuller

Guard & Fittings

Polished stainless guard with bronze spacer


Carbon fiber

Build time

65 hours




Serial number JG-C-S-N-EM1
Exterior Calf with buffalo insert
Lining Calf
Concho Sterling silver
Stud Samuel Lurquin’s damascus, milled by Nicolas Verschuere
Build time 15 hours


Erik Markman

From Netherlands.

Erik was a carpenter when one day in 2002 he happened on a book about
knife-making. Making things, building things, anything that crossed his mind, had been an ability since his earliest childhood, and that included a knife or two, but that book, which told of Brazilian bladesmiths, made a new story unfold for him. Of all the elements, he realized fire had always held the greatest fascination, also because it presented the greatest challenges. He began forging knives in earnest in 2004; at first trying his hand out with flat knives and soon finding his groove with integral constructions. He forged Damascus and monosteel blades, often inspired by historic knives and giving them a twist. By 2016 he became a Journeyman Bladesmith; he continues to chase a clean look in fitting all the pieces, to “make the most with the least number of parts.”