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Bronze and Snakewood
Product Description for Bronze and Snakewood
Maker: Peter Mason (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 85294
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 9.75 in.
Total length: 15.12 in.
Blade width: 1.60 in.
Blade thickness: 0.25 in.
Item weight: 17.92 oz.
Blade: Mosaic Damascus steel forged by Ettoré Gianferarri in South Africa
Bolster: Sculpted bronze
Handle: Sculpted snakewood
Description: I am very pleased to be able to show Peter Mason's work on BladeGallery. Though renowned in South African, Peter's work is not yet well known in the United States, but from seeing his work at the 2007 Blade Show in Atlanta, I have no doubt that he will quickly be well known internationally. Peter's work has a precision rarely found, and reflected in makers such as Mastersmith Kevin Harvey. He often incorporates sculpting that shows the influence of Larry Fuegen and David Broadwell. Overall shapes and proportions are borrowed from his friend Bertie Rietveld. The end result is unique and inspiring!
The blade is formed from mosaic Damascus forged by renowned forger Ettoré Gianferarri. Gianferarri's steel is made in small runs and so it is rare to see the same steel on multiple knives. The blade has been nicely carved and echoes of David Broadwell's carving can be seen in the blade. The modified boot knife grind has been sharpened both at the spine and edge. Peter has textured the steel in the "cuts" to highlight the carving. The blade enters the handle in elegant bronze quillions. The handle is carved from a solid piece of exhibition grade snakewood. The wood has a dramatic mix of light and dark tones and immediately grabs attention. The sculpting results in a handle that is both engaging and feels great in the hand. In both the handle and guard, Peter continues to include texturing with his sculpting to a very pleasing effect. The handle is finished off with a textured bronze pommel. Exceptional work throughout!
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