Filigree Desk Knife with Damascus

Product Description for Filigree Desk Knife with Damascus

Maker: Hank Knickmeyer, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $1,650.00 Saving: $350.00
Item num: 94687
** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind **
Blade length: 3.00 in.
Total length: 5.75 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.38 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.13 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.06 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.03 in.
Item weight: 1.20 oz.
Shipment weight: 1.8 oz.
Blade: Multi-bar mosaic damascus forged from carbon steels by Mastersmith Hank Knickmeyer
Handle: Silver filigree with iolite gemstones
Sheath: Matching silver filigree sheath
Description: The desk knife is a classic example of master craftsman Zaza Revishveli's work. This knife has been in a private collection and has been meticulously cared for. It is in excellent condition and by all appearances could have been made this last year.
The handle and matching sheath incorporate Zaza's highly detailed filigree. The filigree decoration consists of silver wire that has been hand-twisted and braided and hand-soldered to the silver handle base. Silver balls and iolite gemstones were added to complete the metal lace. This is all hand work. Even the silver balls are hand-made.
The filigree technique was brought by Zaza to the United States when he emigrated from the Georgian Republic shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union. This art probably originated with the ancient Tuscans and Romans. In recent history, Filigree techniques have most commonly been seen in Persian and Eastern-European arts. These techniques flourished especially in Czarist Russia. Most modern filigree is not filigree at all but is a solid piece with filigree-like patterns stamped or molded into it. Today, Zaza Revishvili is one of the few artists who preserve the old filigree techniques.
At first glance, the filigree inserts look very delicate. But, in fact, they are remarkably durable. Aside from its beauty, one of the reasons that filigree became popular for knife handles is because of the excellent, non-slip grip it gives.
The complex damascus pattern was forged by renowned bladesmith Hank Knickmeyer. Hank is a master of damascus and his intricate patterns are well known for their artistry and integrity. Two separate bars of mosaic damascus were forged together to create this elegant blade. The mosaic damascus only adds to the incredible complexity of Zaza's handle and sheath work.
Excellent work throughout!

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