Product Description for "Dogfish"

Maker: Tom Sterling (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 2356
** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind **
Blade length: 4.63 in.
Total length: 12.38 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.77 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.43 in.
Item weight: 5.52 oz.
Shipment weight: 26.32 oz.
Blade: Percussion flaked mahogany obsidian, with transparent, brown and black streaks
Handle: Bolivian rosewood, ebony and maple with double inlaid eyes created from fossil mammoth ivory and horn
Sheath: Walnut display stand
Description: This is an outstanding large percussion knapped artwork. The team of Tom Sterling and JP Higgins is a formidable force. Joe Higgins, who has been flint knapping knives for over 10 years, created the blade of this masterpiece with precision. This skill is matched in the detailed handle created by Tom Sterling, who has brought his attention to detail learned as an internationally known netsuke artist to this piece.
Pyrographed and carved Bolivian rosewood with maple and ebony furniture, the handle of "Dogfish" is carved to represent a dogfish (small shark) in the style of Northwest Native Americans. On both sides, the eyes are double inlaid with fossil mammoth ivory (20,000 - 40,000 years old) and buffalo horn. The eyes show the strongest evidence of Tom's experience with netsuke (small sculptural objects, or toggles, usually worn to suspend objects hung from the sash of the kimono). The fossil mammoth ivory eyes are slightly translucent, surrounding the horn pupil with a very lifelike appearance.
The blade is beautifully percussion flaked mahogany obsidian with interesting streaks of transparency, brown and black. Outstanding matching flake scars.

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