Unique in every way, the 'Venus' features our hand-forged mokume gane fittings over braided leather. Mokume gane (translated as wood grain metal) originated in Japan as a decorative forging technique to create accents for the hilts of fine Samurai swords. Paying our respect to that tradition of excellence, our modern mokume is forged and twisted from 89 layers of copper, nickel silver, and brass. The pattern is gorgeous and never repeats.
Bead and bolt action clasp are in mokume and clasp is inlaid with a citrine gemstone.
Features & Specs
Mokume gane was developed in the 1600s in Japan, allegedly by an Akita prefecture metalsmith named Denbei Shoami (1651 to 1728). He used the mokume gane technique to dress up samurai swords.
The mokume gane technique involves fusing several layers of different metals, and artistically exposing sections of lower layers. The metal is often made to display a pattern that mimics wood grain. A variety of metals can be used to give different arrays of coloration.
Layers of metal are pressed together and fused with heat. The forged layers are carved to expose lower layers and are then pressed again. The carving and pressing is repeated to develop the pattern.
Today, some of the finest mokume in the world is made here in the USA, and William Henry is proud to offer a range of this material on our collections. Our mokume is generally made with copper, brass, and nickel silver in either a 45 or 89 layer billet, forged and patterned by hand.
Citrine is a variety of quartz whose color ranges from a pale yellow to brown due to ferric impurities.
The name is derived from Latin citrina which means "yellow" and is also the origin of the word "citron." Sometimes citrine and amethyst can be found together in the same crystal, which is then referred to as ametrine.