The Brazil – Pharaoh Collection
The Pharaoh ‘Brazil’ features a frame in Mokuke Gane, hand-forged by Mike Sakmar, inlaid with cocobolo wood. The clip is machined and blast-polished from tempered stainless steel, with a beautiful engraving bright cut against the matte-finished background. The Pharaoh Collection money clips – inspired by the designs of ancient Egypt – draw on the elegant vessel forms of antiquity to create a simple yet striking range of possibilities, rendered in a variety of William Henry hallmark materials and techniques. An elegant form with an enduring legacy.
Mokume gane was developed in the 1600s in Japan, allegedly by an Akita prefecture metalsmith named Denbei Shoami (1651 to 1728). He used the mokume gane technique to dress up samurai swords.
The mokume gane technique involves fusing several layers of different metals and artistically exposing sections of lower layers. The metal is often made to display a pattern that mimics wood grain. A variety of metals can be used to give different arrays of coloration.
Layers of metal are pressed together and fused with heat. The forged layers are carved to expose lower layers and are then pressed again. The carving and pressing is repeated to develop the pattern.
Today, some of the finest mokume in the world is made here in the USA, and William Henry is proud to offer a range of this material on their collections. William Henry mokume is generally made with copper, brass, and nickel silver in either a 45 or 89 layer billet, forged and patterned by hand.
One of the true tropical rosewoods, Cocobolo is a very beautiful wood, ranging from a beautiful rich dark brick red, to reddish or dark brown, with a figuring of darker irregular traces weaving through the wood. It is fine textured and oily in look and feel. William Henry’s premium Cocobolo is sourced responsibly from Mexico and Central America.
Visit us in our Freeport, Maine showroom to see this Pharaoh ‘Brazil’ as well as our complete collection of gifts including pens, money clips, and knives.