MAKI-E TONBO - Koji HARA Custom Folding Knife

MAKI-E TONBO - Koji HARA Custom Folding Knife




The liner-lock folder by Koji Hara. It features a mirror polished Cowry-Y steel drop point style blade and integral stainless steel with hand-dimpled and polished grooves with perfectly shaped and polished mother of pearl in the handle.
The TONBO (dragonfly) is drawn by Maki-e on the mother of pearl both side by traditional Japanese Maki-e artisan. A dragonfly is drawn with pure gold on the front side and platinum on the reverse side. The spine of the handle spacer have black lip pearl in it.
Comes with Kiri wooden box that keeps and displays the knife in open postion.

About Maki-e
Japanese lacquer sprinkled with gold or silver powder as a decoration using a makizutsu or a kebo 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 a symbol of power.
To create different colours and textures, maki-e artists use a variety of metal powders including gold, silver, copper, brass, lead, aluminum, platinum, and pewter, as well as their alloys. Bamboo tubes and soft brushes of various sizes are used for laying powders and drawing fine lines. 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.

Blade Size 3.26" (83mm)
Overall Size 7.28" (185mm)
Blade Thickness 0.12" (3mm)
Weight 110g
Blade Material Cowry-Y
Blade Finish High Mirror Polish
Handle Material 316 Stainless, Mother of Pearl
Handle Finish Maki-e
Lock Type Liner Lock
Liner Material 420 Stainless
Liner Thickness 1mm
Opener Thumb Stud