Cabot Guns has just announced the completion of their latest piece of art, the Dragon Fire. It’s a one-of-a-kind 1911 crafted with Master Engraver, Lee Griffiths. What were they thinking? Well, GunsAmerica spoke with Cabot Guns’ CEO, Rob Bianchin to find out.
“It was an artistic risk,” Bianchin said in a phone interview. “The key is working with the right talent.”
Bianchin’s team of custom gun makers are creative and skilled craftsmen who constantly turn out 1911s that are assembled with precision. They also innovate new ways to improve a hundred-year-old platform. Their new Rebellion is a good example.
But Bianchin wasn’t only talking about his team of talented craftsmen. He asked Lee Griffiths to join the project as well. Griffiths is a certified Master Engraver and worked last year on Cabot’s Dante’s Inferno, another cutsom-crafted 1911 engraved with scenes from the epic poem. That gun has already sold.
Griffiths’ work on Dragon Fire is so rich that it’s more of a bas-relief than a simple engraving. The concept started more than a year ago and was just released at the engravers conference this week. Each cut and scratch and stipple is made with intention. Griffiths even had to make some new tools to realize his vision for this piece.
It’s a fully functioning standard 1911 in .45 ACP. But every millimeter has been engraved with the dragon. The scales bear shading and texture that makes it appear much deeper than it is. There are details of scars in the scales that leave you wondering what action this dragon has seen.
The eyes are composed of black marquis-cut diamonds (1/2 carat each) and 24 rubies. Gold leaf defines the fire erupting from its mouth. A ruby also makes up the front sight. The rear sight is a raised notch that forms the dragon’s brow.
The four upper teeth on each side of the barrel bring new meaning to “slide serrations.” Those teeth were crafted by Griffiths and welded to the slide. They are positioned such that they stop short of biting your hand when the weapon cycles.
What’s more, the pistol is part of an oil painting of the complete dragon. strong magnets behind the canvas hold the gun in place and the painting is set in the front of a wall vault where the dragon keeps watch over his hoard.
Bianchin is pleased with the results. “It’s humbling to see this level of work,” he said. Griffiths is a disciplined and dedicated artist.
The Dragon Fire’s price is set at $129,000. When we asked Bianchin how many magazines are included, he chuckled and said, “As many as you want.” Find out more about the Dragon Fire at Cabot Guns.
- Caliber: 45acp
- Engraver: Lee Griffiths
- Engraving Method: Hand Engraving And Stippling
- Pistol Material: 416 Stainless Steel
- Serial Number: Dragon1911
- Pupils: Jet Black, Marquis Cut Diamonds, 1 Carat Total Weight.
- Iris: 24 Rubies
- Front Sight: Genuine Ruby
- Detail: Gold leaf