You're likely to do a double-take when first encountering this creation by Oakland bladesmith Nick Anderson. Forged, quite literally, from 'double damascus,' this outstanding Chinese-style cleaver wows with separate and unique mosaic damascus patterns on either side of the 205mm long by 93mm tall blade. Flowing outward from the integral bolster on the knife's left side is an interwoven, meandering field of steel, with parallel lines of alternating, etched alloys squeezed between open spaces. Turn the blade over however and you'll find chaotic patches of non-descript patterned steel compressed between skewed, criss-scrossed, chromosome-like formations that nearly take over the canvas on which they reside. Distinct yet complementary, the two faces of the thin, hard, and razor-sharp blade combine to form functional-art at its finest; endlessly inspiring, boundlessly creative, and above all else, utilitarian. Finally, together with the beautiful integral bolster, an octagonal handle of dark and sultry amboyna burl with sterlinig silver and black G10 is matched to the mesmerizing blade.