18th Century Carved Ivory Japanese Ceremonial Knife
This is a delicately carved Japanese Ceremonial Knife in need of aged end caps.


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This is the knife as it came to us with corroded blade and no end caps.

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This detail of the sheath is outstanding.

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This is the flip side of the same sheath.

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This shot explains why Japanese carvers wear such thick glasses: sumptuous detail.

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To install the end caps, we inset a bit of wood into which we insert a small dowel. The dowel is used to help hold the end caps.

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This is the handle and the blade which we glued into place.

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Here we clamping up the end caps into place.

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Here are the end caps glued up but not yet aged and glazed to match the knife.  Finding Ivory on the black market was lots of fun!

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This shot shows the end caps after ageing and patina was applied.

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And finally the ceremonial knife is ready for its happy owner.

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