ARGENTINE ARTESANALES GIVE NEW MEANING TO THE PHRASE, "HAND CRAFTED" !
In the beginning, this incredible craft was used by Argentina's native Inhabitants and “gauchos”, the South American cowboy.
Leather braiding with raw materials is the most traditional of all the Argentine handicrafts. The technique of tiento leather braiding has been passed down through many century's, from generation to generation. .
Using of raw leather, which is often referred to as rawhide, is cowhide in its natural state, completely ecological, without any chemical components. Thus each hide keeps its natural coloring as well as the unique characteristics of that animals hide, such as skin scars.
This unique craft is a slow process, with many steps, each being fundamental in producing a high quality product for a lifetime of use. To braid different tones and colors, the leather strips (“tientos”) are dyed with natural pigments.
The leather strip braiding is also called awl braiding since that is the name of the crafter hand tool used.
This is an amazing, detailed handicraft which requires a great amount of skill in using the thin, fragile strips of hand cut raw leather for every piece.
When making knives, the handles are worked with the same age old techniques, quality criteria and standards as is applied to all Artesian braided creations.
It is by following a meticulous process that all our end products are guaranteed authentic & 'the real deal'!
By the skilled hands of the knife crafter's, great measures are carefully checked to assure that the lines of continuity of the blade and the handle match.
The perfect alignment of the blade and its handle is always perfect. It is the alignment which determines how the piece is perceived: both in proportion and aesthetically perfect by both eye and exact measurements.
An excellent knife not only has to show continuity between its parts but also “bolster balance”, which provides equilibrium between the weight of the handle and the blade, or to say, with perfect balance!