Warenski, Buster - Gold Engraved Scrimshaw Bowie
BUSTER WARENSKI, RICHFIELD, UTAH, ART KNIFE BOWIE, SCRIMSHAWED IVORY, GOLD ENCRUSTED GUARD, ENGRAVED BOLSTERS, c. 1966-2005, 16 5/8” KNIFE, 11 ¼” flat ground clip blade, ¼” thick stock, nearly 2” deep, pronounced sharpened false edge. Outstanding finish, hand rubbed satin, signed “B. WARENSKI, RICHFIELD, UTAH.” The oval 3 ½” wide guard is also a work of art by itself, with satin nickel silver both sides, surrounding encrusted 18k gold floral design in low relief. Flat sided ivory handle, four (4) pins, fully exposed straight tang, one thin pin check, outstanding Warenski scrimshaw, flying American Eagle, with “BORN FREE” ribbon. Deeply engraved Warenski engraved bolsters, coffin end pommel. Black leather sheath, stainless steel throat and tip, fully engraved. Couple of light scratches on the throat and tip. Buster Warenski is regarded as one of the greatest Art knife creators of all time. Art knives are focused on ornamentation and this one has much to offer. In the 1980’s he made several legacy knives, including the World’s most expensive custom knife, “The Gem of the Orient, which took 10 years from beginning to end, with 153 emeralds, 9 diamonds, jade, with gold filigree. It sold for $2.1 million at auction. The King Tut Dagger (32 oz. of gold) and the Fire of Ice dagger are part of the legacy group. Buster Warenski is a Cutlery Hall of Fame member and past President of Knifemaker’s Guild, who passed in 2005. Mint Condition.
Photography by Jim Cooper