Bernard Delor’s Orient Blades project, a knife and sword maker focusing on oriental arms
2003, the genesis of the project
I started the Orient Blades project, willing to bring back to life the most gorgeous blades of the wide and ancient Orient, from Arabia to Ottoman Empire, from Persia to India, From Mongolia to China… I spent most of the year doing artistical, historical and technical researches, drawing, then making some of the items.
I forged all non damascus blades, made the hilts and scabbards and started working with some craftsmen whose talents helped me making this projet what it is (*).
2004, Paris art knife show
I presented the first items at Paris SICAC and Thiers art knife show
2005, new Chinese and Mongolian theme
I presented the Bernard Delor’s Orient Blades new “arts from China and central Asia” theme at the Thiers art knife show.
During the last six monthes of 2005, time had come for a pause ! I started a one year blacksmithing and knifemaking training, willing to become more accurate in my work and to be able to make my own pattern welded damascus steel.
2006, the Chinese folding knives
New creations, still focusing on the “China and central Asia” theme, were shown at Thiers art knife festival. Among those, two traditional chinese folding knives.
2007, the Chinese and Mongolian horseman travel set
Chinese eating set, with knife and chopstick, originally a mongolian horsemen travel trousse…
Some traditional knife of the Balkans
A traditional knife with gold gilding and Blalkans pattern engraving , in the style of the Island of Crete, was shown at Paris SICAC and Thiers Art Knife festival.
2008, Arms and blacksmithing of India
Bichwa, the “scorpion sting” blade from the Indian arsenal
Contemporary art knife, the oriental inspiration
Some new kind of creation : a hunting knife, freely inspired by oriental style and design
2011 : Ottoman yatagan sword
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