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Mexican Belduque Knife

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Sold: $1000

​* The Belduque was a large pointed blade that evolved in Mexico, and is believed to be a precursor to the early Bowie knives.

This graceful blade is hand-forged from spring steel and hand-filed to shape, with a thick spine and a wickedly slender point and a 6.5” false edge. The spine is filed with a vine pattern. The heel of the blade has the traditional cut-out and integral finger guard. The round steel bolster is welded on and hand-filed to shape. The matching pommel is peined to the full-length stick tang. The blade, pommel and bolster are all darkly blued.

The spiral grip is turned and hand-carved from Brazilian Timborana, and finished with several coats of softly-polished tung oil.

The heavy vegetable-tanned leather sheath is wet-molded and hand-stitched with black sinew. The belt loop is decorated with stitching and a nickel stud. The top of the sheath is covered in pigskin, and a nickel-studded leather medallion decorates the front of the sheath.

The knife is 17.5” long overall. The blade is 11” long, 5/16” thick and 1.4” wide. 

Accepted for display at the Pima Community College (PCC) Annual juried Student Art Exhibition 2013 at the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery.

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    Artist & Registered AZ Architect, Retired
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