Pale Horse Galleries

Art of the Indians, or Indigenous peoples, of Mexico -- the Zapotec, Mixtec, Olmec, Maya, Aztec (Mexicas), Yaqui and Apache. One might refer to some of the pieces pictured here as "crafts". One would be wrong. The work that you will see represents these peoples' view of their world and everything in it. The making and selling of this art is these peoples' only means of supporting their families. It is all that they know how to do. As you will see, they do it very well.

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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Ocotlan, Oaxaca, Mexico: A 14.5 inch Bowie knife in hand forged and tempered Toledo Steel

Looking for a gift for a woodsman/hunter/fisherman? Or do you want to add to your collection one of the very finest knives that money can buy? Angel Aguilar, master swordmaker in Ocotlan, Oaxaca, Mexico, has hand forged, hand tempered, hand ground, polished and sharpened this 14.5 inch Bowie knife. The knife's overall length is 14.5 inches and the blade length is 10 inches. The hilt is tropical ironwood, also hand carved and polished. The guard is solid bronze, also hand forged and polished, and the knife is balanced with additional bronze added to both the guard and the pommel.

You can see Angel's craftsmanship and buy this or any other of his fine knives and swords at the Pale Horse Galleries online store. The specific page in the store catalog featuring all the Toledo steel knives, swords and cutlery is here. Or you can copy and paste this link:

Mark in Mexico,, Pale Horse Galleries online store for gifts, collectibles and the finest in Mexican art and crafts,, A 14.5 inch Bowie Knife, hand forged and tempered by Angel Aguilar, master swordmaker in Ocotlan, Oaxaca, Mexico. This knife is the finest of its kind, hand forged and tempered using 16th century techniques introduced to the Zapotecs of Oaxaca by the Spanish conquistadors and Benedictine Friars directly from Toledo, Spain.
Bowie Knife - 14.5" in Toledo Steel

If you have not already read all about Angel Aguilar and the 16th century Toledo Steel forging and tempering technology, you'll want to stop here at Mark in Mexico or here at the Pale Horse Galleries blog to read all about it. This blade making technique, responsible at one time for the finest knives and swords in the world, was introduced to the Zapotecs of Oaxaca by the Spanish conquistadors and the Benedictine Friars in the early 1500's, directly from Toledo, Spain.

Please visit the Pale Horse Galleries online store
for art, gifts and collectibles -- all hand made
by Mexican indigenous artists.

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