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Richard Maier

Richard Maier Engraver
Contact
German, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+49 7457 9486266
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The poetry of engraving

  • • Richard engraves items such as hunting guns and knives
  • • His work is far more than a passion, it’s 'my life'
  • • He compares the art of engraving to poetry

Richard Maier’s childhood dream was to become an engraver. At the beginning of the 1980s, he attended the engraving course at the HTBL Ferlach institute in Austria. One day the teacher told his father that he was the worst student he had ever had, and that he had better leave school... However, not only did Richard graduate and go on to have a successful career in engraving, a few years ago he was invited to teach students on a workshop at the same school. That’s why his message to young people is: “Believe in yourself and what you do!” In 1994 he started his business with German knife maker Egon Trompeter; since 2008 Maier has been the sole owner of Trompeter & Ritchi.

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Works

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Fire and Ice

The design for this handmade engraving was born from the idea of uniting opposing notions within one engraving; it depicts a fire dragon and an ice dragon. Fully engraved on both sides, the knife took several hundred working hours to create using the bulino engraving technique, under a microscope.

Length 21.5 cm

Richard Maier Engraver
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The Leopard

When Richard Maier engraves a leopard, he wants the person looking at the engraving to not only see the animal but also imagine they can hear it. This engraving of a leopard, made under a microscope using the bulino engraving technique, is no exception to this quest for immediacy.

Length 21.5 cm

Richard Maier Engraver
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Zebrasimba

Richard Maier always finds black and white projects exciting to engrave. A client gave him this fossilised mammoth ivory and commissioned a scrimshaw engraving, which he worked on under a microscope. The spectacular design was inspired by his client’s passion for Africa and the Leo sign of the zodiac.

Richard Maier Engraver
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The Lion Brother

These stainless steel blades and the inlayed fossilised mammoth ivory handles have been finely engraved by Richard, who worked under a microscope to capture the finest details. The blade and handle, engraved on both sides of the knife, depict two lion brothers.

Length 21.5 cm

Richard Maier Engraver

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