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Tlingit Copper Bear Knife

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Sold: $800

* A hand-forged solid-copper long-bladed dagger based on the weapons of the indigenous Tlingit of the Pacific Northwest Coast of America. The Tlingit are known for their fine metalwork and elaborate wood carving, including totem poles.

The massive copper blade was heated and quenched to soften it, cold hammer-forged until the metal hardened, then softened again. This process was repeated many times until the blade was formed. It was then hammer-hardened one last time before being filed and polished. It is fullered on one side and flat on the other, and patinaed to a coppery brown.

The rosewood guard and wood grip are slipped over the integral copper tang, and an effigy bear’s head pommel finishes the end. The pommel is carved walnut with painted features and inset fossil ivory eyes. The grip is wrapped in deer hide, with a wrist strap. The grip is slightly aged as well.

The blade is 14.5” long and 1.6” wide, and the overall length of the knife is 22”. It weighs a hefty 1.5 pounds.

* Accepted for display at the 2012 Arizona Designer Craftsman (ADC) Craftsmanship juried show
* Won “Honors” in Metal at the Pima Community College (PCC) Annual juried Student Art Exhibition 2013

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    About Larry Gotkin
    Artist & Registered AZ Architect
    Tucson, Arizona
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