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Fine Modern & Antique Guns - December 2016

by Holt's Auctioneers

08 December 2016, 10:00 GMT

London, United Kingdom

Live Auction

Lot 350: JONNY WALKER NILSSON, SWEDEN AN OUTSTANDING AND UNIQUE CUSTOM MADE ''SAMI'' KNIFE WITH MATTIAS STYREFORS DAMASCUS BLADE,

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JONNY WALKER NILSSON, SWEDEN AN OUTSTANDING AND UNIQUE CUSTOM MADE ''SAMI'' KNIFE WITH MATTIAS STYREFORS DAMASCUS BLADE,
  • JONNY WALKER NILSSON, SWEDEN AN OUTSTANDING AND UNIQUE CUSTOM MADE ''SAMI'' KNIFE WITH MATTIAS STYREFORS DAMASCUS BLADE,
  • JONNY WALKER NILSSON, SWEDEN AN OUTSTANDING AND UNIQUE CUSTOM MADE ''SAMI'' KNIFE WITH MATTIAS STYREFORS DAMASCUS BLADE,
  • JONNY WALKER NILSSON, SWEDEN AN OUTSTANDING AND UNIQUE CUSTOM MADE ''SAMI'' KNIFE WITH MATTIAS STYREFORS DAMASCUS BLADE,
  • JONNY WALKER NILSSON, SWEDEN AN OUTSTANDING AND UNIQUE CUSTOM MADE ''SAMI'' KNIFE WITH MATTIAS STYREFORS DAMASCUS BLADE,
  • JONNY WALKER NILSSON, SWEDEN AN OUTSTANDING AND UNIQUE CUSTOM MADE ''SAMI'' KNIFE WITH MATTIAS STYREFORS DAMASCUS BLADE,
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Description: JONNY WALKER NILSSON, SWEDEN
AN OUTSTANDING AND UNIQUE CUSTOM MADE ''SAMI'' KNIFE WITH MATTIAS STYREFORS DAMASCUS BLADE,
commissioned in 2007 and completed in 2010, of 3 1/2in. length, being a mix of mosaic and variegated damascus with bi-chromatic staining combined with solid nickel accents, the reindeer antler hilt of traditional form and finely engraved with tramlines and geometrics with artic birch burl and reindeer antler hooked pommel, the ensuite scabbard with fine and intricate engraving including a progressive basketweave panel behind a complex pierced widow of reindeer antler let into the birch burl side-panel, further pierced and engraved reindeer antler round window allowing the decoration on the knife hilt to be viewed, the reverse fitted with silk rope hanger furnished with a reindeer antler toggle, TOGETHER WITH its stained wood display stand featuring a basket-weave engraved reindeer antler panel by Jonny Nilsson, the whole appearing unused


Other Notes: Jonny Walker Nilsson was born on 24th May 1956 and currently lives and works in a small village called Arvidsjaur within Swedish Lapland and inside the arctic circle where he is married and has seven children. Jonny made his first knife in 1988 and has been competing internationally in this art form since 1993, winning many major titles and even having an award for the most beautiful knife in the annual Nordic Championship named after him. Working mainly with reindeer antler and arctic hardwoods, preferring the dense material of shed antler and choosing the other materials according to shape, figure and colouring. The large burls of arctic birch collected by Jonny are dried for at least one year to allow the wood to become stable, and then pieces are often married together using horn, bark or even tinplate spacers. Engraving is Jonny''s speciality, and all designs are based on the 10,000 year old sami tradition. Spending at least four hours a day on engraving alone, each freehand engraving cut is performed twice to produce an undercut ''V'' shape that is then filled with a powdered bark mixed with a binding agent. Jonny also has his own forge where he produces some magnificent blades, but often works with other bladesmiths such as Mattias Styrefors (as here), Kaj Embretsen, Conny Persson, Gunnar Bergstrom and Peter Ytrebo to create some truly astounding knives. Comprised of 44 individual pieces, a commission such as this would cost in the region of £10,000 today.

 
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