While not patterned after a particular original, this unique knife exhibits characteristics similar to early knives with lead or pewter inlay. The blade is hand forged from file steel. It retains evidence of the file's teeth on the sides and spine and shows some light remnants of hammer and drawfiling marks on it's surface. The poured pewter bolster decoration and butt cap are locked to the antler handle by channels that allow the pewter to flow through the handle. Blade is 5 3/4" long, knife is approx. 10" long overall.
When Robert Weil started collecting images for the Contemporary Makers book in 1973 the challenge to record contemporary gun work was daunting. Gathering material was difficult and time consuming. Few makers thought that there was any value in published documentation of their work. Electronic publishing has changed all that. Having a website or having one's work available to view on the internet is becoming a necessity. In spite of all the potential to finally have a true overview of what's being produced by the artists of today, a great deal of work still remains covered up and basically unknown. Our role is to make an effort to document some portion of what’s going on today. To comment on the established makers and to uncover the unknown. We welcome your comments and suggestions and look to you our readers to make us aware of the talented makers out there. Art and Jan Riser Robert Weil and The Makers