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CL1-1 Mokume


CL1-1 Mokume


This sterling silver cufflink with an elegant patina is inlaid with a beautiful centerpiece made of Mokume Gane, the ancient Japanese forging technique once used to decorate the hilts of Samurai swords. The toggle is also sterling silver, while the underlying architecture is crafted from surgical stainless steel for strength and durability to last a lifetime.
William Henry's cufflink collection features a fine palette of the exotic materials and forged metals that are the hallmark of William Henry's work. The CL1-1 Mokume is not only a unique personality statement to be worn and used for a lifetime, but also a fascinating story to share.

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Mokume gane

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.

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