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From Practice Plates to Finished Projects
work by Ben Bentvelzen

Friday, February 5th, 2016 Published in: 2016 Archives

Practicing is an integral part of studying. Through repetition we gain the the memory to do a task consistently and correctly. We also build up skills, adding new refinements and efficient practices.

This knife, hand engraved by Ben Bentvelzen, is the finished project that followed an intense study of English fine scroll. Ben spent a couple weeks reading about and watching demonstrations of the techniques. He also spent a good deal of time practicing and experimenting on steel practice plates. "I had practiced for some time the English fine scrolls," Ben explained. "Martin Strolz (my teacher) thought it a good idea to engrave it on something of more value than a steel practice plate."

Ben chose to to engrave a Spyderco Grasshopper knife. The knife design features tight English scrolls on both sides of the handle. One side has a a banner sprawling across the scrollwork, with the phrase "grateful pirate" inlaid in 24K gold. He used bulino shading to give the banner's curves some depth and to separate it from the background. Both sides of the knife have a double border along the edges. A thin engraved line creates the inner one, and the outer one is a pavé border of 0.7mm black cubic zirconias. In total, there are 404 black stones set across the two sides.

A finished project is the logical next step for a study in a engraving style. It offers the chance to apply newly-learned techniques and incorporate other skills you already have. Thanks for sharing, Ben!

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