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Wolfgang Loerchner Dagger - Engr by Julie Warenski

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by betzner, Sep 4, 2012.

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  1. betzner

    betzner Home To Morro Platinum Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    A thread was done about this dagger a couple weeks ago, though it wasn't shown quite in it's entirety. It's now been imaged by Coop for all of us to see, and it's as expected - an outstanding image of an outstanding dagger - by a truly outstanding artist:

    Last edited: Sep 6, 2012
  2. Jos


    Oct 23, 2006
    Oh my...


    Kind regards,

  3. Joss

    Joss Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 20, 2001
    This is absolutely lovely.
  4. Kevin Cross

    Kevin Cross KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 13, 2006
    Simply Beautiful!
  5. peterinct


    Dec 13, 1999
    WOW!! It is one fine sculpture in steel! Must be quite hard to put it down Bob!

    Congrats again on a great addition to your collection.

  6. r connally

    r connally

    Jan 26, 2008
    Stunning objet d'art! A fine acquisition beautifully captured for us to envy by Coop.
  7. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    that is just about the exact opposite of ghetto.
  8. NickWheeler


    Dec 3, 1999

    Thank you for sharing this with us Bob!!! :)
  9. Jon Brand

    Jon Brand Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2007
    This is stunning.. Not to use the same word as everyone else.. but it really is!
  10. betzner

    betzner Home To Morro Platinum Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    Here's a second image from Coop showing more of the handle detail. The dagger is, of course, sole authorship by Wolfe (and what magnificent inlays!), with great engraving by Julie Warenski.

    Last edited: Sep 5, 2012
  11. Marcel54


    Jul 30, 2005
    What's there more to say than WOW!!!!!!!

  12. mknife

    mknife KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 3, 2006
    extremely elegant!
  13. Kohai999

    Kohai999 Second Degree Cutter Platinum Member

    Jul 15, 2003
    I can only assume that the engraving was done in collaboration with Wolfe before it was heat treated?

    It is a great example of Wolfe's work and certainly something to bring great pleasure to the owner.

    Congratulations, Bob.

    Best Regards,

    STeven Garsson
  14. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    You are very fortunate to acquire such a piece :)
  15. RogerP

    RogerP Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2002
    Beautiful, elegant - congrats Bob!
  16. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    Stunning.....quite the center-piece to ANY collection.....congrats my friend. :)
  17. betzner

    betzner Home To Morro Platinum Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    Actually, Wolfe and Julie didn't collaborate on this. The discussion about this piece started about two years ago, shortly after which Wolfe sent me the raw dagger frame. I had earlier decided I wanted to have it engraved by Julie, so had already discussed it with her. Once it was received from Wolfe, I sent it on to Julie. The only suggestion I made was that the "Wolfe" maker's mark be engraved (with permission already having been given by Wolfgang) - and that I would prefer she not use typical scroll. Beyond that, it was up to her (she's the artist).

    About six months later, the engraving was finished. She forwarded the dagger directly to Wolfe, who then heat treated it. A few email exchanges and phone calls ensued with Wolfgang that brought the details of the dagger's inlays more into focus, but I still had no idea what the overall design would be. That's something one leaves up to the artist.

    The dagger was finished a few weeks ago, at which time Wolfe forwarded it to Julie, for the final clean-up and contrast of the engraving, then Julie sent the dagger to me. It was only then that I had any idea what the finished dagger and engraving looked like - and was OVERWHELMED. So yes, STeven, it is bringing great satisfaction to the owner!


    Last edited: Sep 5, 2012
  18. Czechmate


    Feb 24, 2011
    That is epic! Congrats on acquiring it. :thumbup:
  19. ptgdvc

    ptgdvc Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2003
    My eyes are bleeding. Absolutely magnificent!
  20. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    All of Wolfe's works please the eye. As does Julie's enhancements. There is a simple combination of shapes and materials, which doesn't appear to be complicated. And then as you study and study, the complexity arouses the interest further...


    The two pearl insets are almost mirrors, but then there is a slight color shift, too. The damascus patterns oppose another, and so do the engraving patterns; but then the gold inlays have unidirectional flutes and non symmetrical shapes.

    The finger channels are polished and satin, too. The only straight line is when you look at the grind center, but then if you turn to look down at the edge, they taper and round to the tip.

    It's a visual trap! :)

    Thanks, Bob. This was important to capture well. I'm pleased you liked the composition.

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