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Ibicuy braided leather knife

Ibicuy braided leather knife ​

The hilt, handmade with over 120 individual leather strips combining two colors, inspired by an autochthonous mix of the indigenous and gaucho traits. The leather strips are made from horse leather softened and delicately cut by hand. The bone finish of the hilt isolates the leather strips from blade. The damascus steel blade is forged to remain unaltered for decades given its great hardness and metallic composition. The rawhide sheath shows the handmade finish with leather strips.

$615

The hilt is made by cutting and weaving 120 strips of leather

Natural color or dyed with natural hues (yerba mate, quebracho, onions, etc). 

The damascus steel blade is 16 cm long.

The sheath is cow leather with seams along the edges. To obtain the desired texture of the leather a manually rubbed. This work consists of rolling up the leather and beating it with the exact force to avoid damaging it.

 The sheath and hilt have bone details.

The process of making these pieces may require between 30 and 45 days of work.

This knife is a unique piece made by the artisan Miguel Ceol and it is delivered together with a certificate of the authenticity of the piece.

Details

Blade

The damascus steel blade is 16 cm long.

Hilt

The hilt is made by cutting and weaving 120 strips of leather.

Artisan: Miguel Ceol

He was born on January 27th 1958 in Gualeguay, Entre Ríos. He first learned his trade crafting objects he used in his daily work on the farm. He made halters, reins, nosebands, whips, lassoes, hobbles, and riding crops at home. In 1980 he married Estela Leiva and moved to Nogoyá, also in Entre Ríos. He used the book, Trenzas Gauchas (Gaucho Braiding), to start doing more and more elaborate and sophisticated pieces. In 1990 he started marketing his products. During the day he carried out his tasks on the farm, and spent nights working on the leather pieces he had been commissioned. In 1995 he was awarded the first prize in the Sociedad Rural Argentina, in 1996 he received the Rueca de Plata award in the Colón Fair and in 1998 he was also awarded a prize at the Fair in the province of Córdoba. The raw colt leather he uses for his pieces comes from animals found dead in the area and which he himself cures. His workshop is at home, where he raised his four children, and his wife helps him and also weaves horse hair pieces.