Shagreen, for those unfamiliar, typically refers to the skin of rays, sharks or dogfish, all of which are cartilaginous fish with a smoothly pebbled texture. It has been used for centuries as a mild abrasive, like sandpaper, in smoothing wood and metal. It was also used on hilts and scabbards, not just for its decorative qualities, but also because its texture makes it a reliable grip
The cross guard is finished in real silver with a straight style cross guard and the double edged blade is tapered with floral etched panels on both sides. The black leather covered wooden scabbard has a silver brocade strip which covers the back seam and the scabbard throat is adorned with a finely hand chased floral pattern. The scabbard drag, also in real silver, is also hand engraved in a matching floral design.
Sword and cross guard both raised on a high quality custom made display stand in teak.