Zuko's pearl-handled dagger was given to him by his uncle, Iroh.
When Iroh's army broke through the Outer Wall of Ba Sing Se, the city's defeated general gave Iroh his one-of-a-kind pearl-handled dagger, crafted in Ba Sing Se, as a token of his surrender. Iroh then sent the dagger back home to his nephew, Zuko. The Prince considered this dagger as one of his most prized possessions and kept it with him ever since.
Later, when Zuko was traveling alone through the plains village, he met a young boy, Lee, to whom he gave the pearl dagger when he moved on again. The dagger was stolen, however, by Gow, after Lee pulled the knife on him when he and his corrupt soldiers came to the farm, asking for food. After Zuko defeated Gow with his firebending, he reclaimed the dagger and attempted to return it to Lee, but the disappointed boy angrily refused to accept it.
The dagger is a result of superior craftsmanship. The blade itself is contained in a black sheath decorated with two golden protrusions on both sides where the sheath slides open. The handle is covered in the same black material, and connects to the sheath with a golden circle. When slid open, the blade has an inscription engraved on both sides. One side reads: "Never give up without a fight," while the other humorously says: "Made in Earth Kingdom".
- The dagger is very similar to a Japanese Tanto knife.
- The dagger is the only weapon in the Avatar universe to have been shown to be owned or handled by more than three characters.
- The "Made in Earth Kingdom" phrase on the dagger is a parody of the common phrase "Made in China" on many Chinese-made products.
- The inscription on this dagger is written on seal script, an ancient form of writing in China.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Zuko Alone". Elizabeth Welch Ehasz (writer) & Lauren MacMullan (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. May 12, 2006. No. 7, Book Two: Earth
- ↑ From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com (link). No longer updated.
- ↑ "The Avatar State". Aaron Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch Ehasz, Tim Hedrick, John O'Bryan (writers) & Giancarlo Volpe (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. March 17, 2006. No. 1, Book Two: Earth