Samurai

Edition of 5 pieces -
SKU
B05 SAMURAI
The Monarch 'Samurai' features a beautiful hand-forged frame of Brain Wave damascus by Chad Nichols, inlaid with a mesmerizing scale in black lip pearl, embellished...
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$7,750.00
The Monarch 'Samurai' features a beautiful hand-forged frame of Brain Wave damascus by Chad Nichols, inlaid with a mesmerizing scale in black lip pearl, embellished with a gold Maki-e. The blade is hand-forged 'Hornets Nest' damascus by Mike Norris; the button lock and thumb stud are set with spinel. The Monarch is a simple design that is easy on the eye and effortless in the hand; the elegant shape of the handle on this design is also an ideal canvas to showcase fine hand-engraving or exotic materials. The Samurai is a stunning piece; a rich and unique synthesis of the elegance, function, and superlative artistry that are the hallmark of William Henry's work.

Features & Specs

One-hand button lock system
Leather carrying case
Shipped in an elegant wood presentation box

Dimensions: 

  • Blade 2.63" (66.8mm)
  • Handle 3.58" (90.9mm)
  • Overall open 6.00" (152.4mm)
Materials & Artistry
Blacklip Pearl

Blacklip Pearl

Blacklip Mother of Pearl is one of the most exclusive pearls in the world. It comes from small shells found in French Polynesia around Tahiti and its Archipelagos. Just under the exterior bark of the shell is where the real beauty of the Blacklip shell lies. A nice pair of Blacklip will have every color of the rainbow in its iridescent black background. We source our Blacklip directly from shell farmers in Tahiti to ensure sustainability and top quality material.

Spinel

Spinel

Natural spinel is a gemstone that has become a great favorite with gem dealers and gem collectors; one might even say that spinel is for gemstone connoisseurs only.
It is a hard glassy mineral occurring as octahedral crystals of variable color and consisting chiefly of magnesium and aluminum oxides. Some spinels are among the most famous gemstones in the world: among them are the Black Prince's Ruby and the "Timur ruby" in the British Crown Jewels, and the "Côte de Bretagne", formerly from the French Crown jewels.

Maki-e

Maki-e

Maki-e (literally sprinkled picture) is the ancient Japanese technique of sprinkling a smooth surface (originally lacquer) with gold or silver powder as a decoration using a specialized and delicate brush.

The technique was developed mainly in the Heian Period (794–1185) and blossomed in the Edo Period (1603–1868). Maki-e objects were initially designed as household items for court nobles, they soon gained more popularity and were adopted by royal families and military leaders as an indication of power. To create different colors and textures, maki-e artists use a variety of metal powders including gold, silver, copper, brass, lead, aluminum, platinum, pewter, as well as their alloys.

As it requires highly-skilled craftsmanship to produce a maki-e painting, young artists usually go through many years of training to develop the skills and to ultimately become maki-e masters.