By trade, Johnny “King Nerd” Dowell is a gun engraver, following in the footsteps of his uncle, a gun maker. He learned his engraving craft during a five-year learning period at one of Britain’s most prestigious gun engravers: James Purdey & Sons.

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Nowadays, most people are taught the skill in ways like class-room based learning to on-the-job experience. But the traditional way – the way that Johnny learnt – is to work day-in-day-out with a master engraver, who has many, many years of experience.


He has been the only Purdey trained engraver over the last 15 years. Since then he has been engraving guns, later beginning to work on jewellery and watches. Over the last years, Johnny Dowell has engraved watches for several high-end brands like Linde Werdelin, Jaeger LeCoultre, Rolex, Patek Philippe and Urwerk.

Literally hundreds of man hours are spent producing an item which is a true one-off. These things are done with patience and care, nice and slowly, which actually forms a big part of the training; you have to train your patience as much as the techniques required.

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Art Piece
A completely black-out themed 450CL Skully bottle in a specially produced copper decanter that is galvanized with a black coating. Hand engraved by Johnny “King Nerd” Dowell in a different theme for each of the seven art pieces.
1. Koi, 2. Samurai, 3. Dragon, 4.Geisha, 5. Cherry Blossoms, 6. Japanese Tiger, 7. Skull

7.450,- € (VAT excl.)


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