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Sterling Silver & Mokume-gane Rail Trophy-Style Belt Buckle
w/Gold Trout

Silver & Mokume-gane 'Rail' Trophy-Style Belt Buckle w/Gold Trout

Sterling Silver & Mokume-gane Rail Trophy-Style Belt Buckle w/Gold Trout
shown on Straight Strap

Close-Up of Belt Buckle | Angled Close-Up


This unique, experimental trophy-style buckle is one of Neil's rail buckles. He usually assembles them with tiny steel screws, but here he used tiny rivets. The parts are a main body plate, the two rails, several hinge and lock parts, and the bail and prong on the back. These buckles are uniquely engineered to have countless possibilities for materials in the main body as well as different buckle widths. All, but the main body plates, are lost-wax-cast. This main plate is Mokume-gane with a 14K gold overlay trout and 24K gold and pure silver line-inlay.

Mokume-gane (Japanese for "wood grained metals") is a type of Japanese married metal made from diffusion bonded laminates often used in decorating swords, in this case consisting of sterling silver and shibuichi. It is usually worked from the back to produce valleys and ridges on the front, which are filed and sanded to reveal a unique design. A specially formulated chemical treatment leaves a rich patina, highlighting the character of the metal's design. There is risk and discovery in making each piece.

Overall measurements of the buckle face are 1⅜" (35mm) high, and 2⅜" (60mm) long. It is a heavy silver trophy style buckle with Neil's swivel bail, allowing the buckle to lie flat. (See angled photo.)


Rail Trophy-Style Belt Buckle w/Gold Trout
Sterling Silver & Mokume-gane, w/Gold & Pure Silver Line-Inlay, 1" (25mm) wide opening

Custom Belt Straps


Rail Mokume-gane "Trout" 1" (25mm) Belt Buckle only US $ 1,250.-
Belt Buckle on Straight Strap US $ 1,335.-
Belt Buckle on Tapered Strap US $ 1,345.-

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