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Imagine an ancient Damascus marketplace. Undulating shadows dance like dervishes as desert breezes disturb the patterned fabrics overhead. Darkness and light create a constantly shifting kaleidoscope of mesmerizing shapes as you search for a particular blacksmith’s souk. At last! Heat and sound emanate from an alcove, secluded from other vendors and hidden between sandstone walls. Haunting melodies from a stringed qanun nearby blend with the scents of mysterious spices and transport you back to a different world; a world lost in time…
The heart of these beautifully designed pistols is one-of-a-kind, hand-forged, Eggerling Mosaic Damascus steel. Made from a unique blend of carbon steels and nickel, Eggerling Mosaic Damascus is coveted by high-end manufacturers around the world. And like any gifted artist, Mr. Eggerling not only sees patterns and evolves new techniques that mere mortals can’t begin to conceive, he has the rare ability to quilt together steels with a virtuoso’s touch. Eggerling literally transforms his inner thoughts into steel, as a painter would to canvas.
And yet, creating a single Damascus billet large enough for multiple weapons is an extraordinary accomplishment few blacksmiths achieve. For Cabot, Mr. Eggerling succeeded, forging an exclusive pattern into a single billet of Mosaic Damascus – enough to manufacture four custom pistols. And thus, the Mosaic Damascus 1911 was born.
The material from which these four guns are made is truly art indeed, as created by The Mosaic Man…
You see the pattern in your mind,
Your hands form shapes your will defines.
Crossroad and chessboard, faces within the metal;
Spider webs and God’s eye. Initials of loved ones…
You fill the voids with weld and powders,
Apply the fire and let hammer fall.
Refire, rehammer, polish and etch,
Discover the colors your efforts do fetch.
Pass on to others the beauty you birth,
Incorporated into masterpieces; cherished by those of Earth.
– M. Huston
Perhaps fittingly, crafting guns from an ingot of this precious material is quite difficult; near-alchemy, in fact. Cabot craftsmen had to learn and develop cutting and finishing properties required specifically for this unique material. So complex is this process that the construction of the pistols required more than a year to complete. These four Mosaic Damascus 1911 pistols are among the finest work Cabot has undertaken. It was truly a journey to produce these and we are thrilled with the outcome.
The Mosaic Damascus 1911: Imagination transformed into metal.
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