Francisco Bolognesi (1846-1880) was a Peruvian General of Italian descent that defended the city of Arica during the War of the Pacific with Peru and Bolivia allied against Chile. Peru was desperate to maintain the port near Arica to supply army. The situation worsened when Bolivia withdrew from the conflict leaving Bolognesi with merely 1,600 soldiers against the oncoming Chilean army of 8,000. When a Chilean messager demanded his surrender he replied, ”I have sacred duties, and I will fulfill them until the last cartridge has been fired.”
Outnumbered 3 to 1, Bolognesi and his men watered the ground with their blood in defense of their nation and never surrendered. Bologensi’s battle cry become an everyday expression and later the official motto of the Peruvian Military. This handmade Damascus knife, with Damascus bolster and solid rosewood handle reminds us of the strength and determination of Bolognesi. You don’t have to be a general to enjoy this full-tang work of art. A large handle fits nicely into your hand and gives you confidence when wielding this beautiful knife.
Bolognesi Damascus Knife Specifications:
- Overall Length: 9"
- Handle Length: 4.5"
- Blade Length: 4.5"
- Blade Material: Damascus Steel 1095/15n20
- Blade thickness: 4mm
- Damascus pattern: Twist
- Number of layers: 256
- Grind: Secondary bevel
- Handle Material: Rosewood
- Includes a hand stitched full grain leather sheath with belt loop and wood presentation box
Please note: Each knife is handmade from natural materials, there will be some variation in color, Damascus pattern and overall look. The knife you receive will have the same attention to quality and detail as the one pictured but may differ slightly in appearance.
1095 steel is a high-carbon steel and will rust if not dried and oiled after use. Hand wash only with soap and hot water. Dry completely before oiling.
About Forseti Steel:
The secret to forging authentic Damascus steel knives has long been lost, but Forseti Steel stays as true to the tradition as they can by commissioning smiths with Damascus ancestry to hand-make all of their blades. The artists behind the enamoring water-like patterns of folded and pounded steel have all learned their skills and techniques from the generations that worked the metals before them.
In addition to paying tribute to the Damascus practice in technique and appearance, Forseti Steel shows its respect for history's heroes, legends, and characters with their knives' names. The 9", walnut-handled Sentinel, for example, honors the Sentinels who stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington.