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Sterling Silver Mokume-gane "Rainbow" Tabula Rasa Channel Belt Buckle w/14K Gold Trout
Shown on Straight Strap
This Mokume-gane "Rainbow Trout" is one of the more recent editions of our Tabula Rasa channel buckle. The wavy background behind the rainbow is Mokume-gane. 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 copper. 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.
We like this particular pattern for it's wavy, watery feel. This buckle is a one-of-a-kind R&D piece and has sold, but Neil will be making more. Future versions of this design will be unique as the Mokume-gane has many different patterns and within one pattern each piece still turns out different from the others. The rainbow trout is cast in solid 14K gold and soldered onto the front of the Mokume-gane, which is again soldered onto the front of the buckle.
The Tabula Rasa is Neil's answer to the Channel Belt Buckle (also called a ratchet or tension buckle) that was popular from the Arts and Crafts Movement of the late 1800's through the Art Deco era of the early 1900's. These buckles were originally mostly hand-crafted. This is the first lost-wax cast buckle of its type that we know of. The current version of the Tabula Rasa is Neil's fourth (v4.2) generation of improved design. The buckle now has an even sleeker profile, and the ratchet grip is stronger than ever. This ensemble is simplicity and elegance at it's best.
The Tabula Rasa buckle is cast in solid sterling silver. It does not have sharp edges or corners and is extremely leather friendly. The burnished-edge strap fits through the buckle like a hand in a glove. A two-piece ratchet pinches the leather from the back to hold it in place, allowing for easy adjustments in any increment you want. (Neil often adjusts his out a bit when he sits in the car, it takes three seconds to do.) The strap requires no holes, allowing for a totally clean and minimalist look. It is 1¼" (32mm) wide, and looks terrific on a Black or Cordovan belt strap.
Mokume-gane w/14K Gold "Rainbow Trout"
Note: Variations in material will occur
|1¼" (32mm) Tabula Rasa Channel Buckle on Straight Strap||US $ 1,045.-|
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