Malcolm Reynolds Holster artisan replica
QMx is proud to present this limited edition fine leather replica of unparalleled quality, accuracy and beauty: The Malcolm Reynolds Holster Artisan Replica. This Firefly-vintage Mal holster has been painstakingly researched and recreated by Karl Derrick, the leading expert on Firefly props working in the industry today.
Karl Derrick Signature Edition
Props and Leathercraft
Karl Derrick is a man with great respect for traditional craftsmanship: While he leverages the modern tools of the 21st Century trade, his materials and technique harkens back to a time when leatherwork was made by hand and leathercrafters took the time to do things right.
A leading film industry prop maker, Karl recently joined QMx as Design Director, Props, and heads up our United Kingdom Design Center. The QMx prop and leatherwork shop on the outskirts of London creates the most painstakingly-researched, most-accurate prop replicas.
Karl also boasts the largest collection of original screen-used props from Firefly in existence.
Karl's film credits include The Mummy Returns, Doom, Gladiator, Reign of Fire, The Brothers Grimm and a couple of Harry Potter flicks. He is also a published author and screenwriter and has been a major contributor to all three Firefly Companion books.
Karl has personally verified every aspect of the holster – from the dye color to the brass buckles – ensuring a perfect match with the original screen-used holster rig. Each replica holster is meticulously crafted by Karl himself in his United Kingdom leathersmithing shop.
The QMx Mal holster body and belt are constructed entirely from 3.5 mm heavyweight oak-tanned steer leather. The traditionally slow-tanned, full-grain leather comes from a small family tannery and is custom dyed to our specifications. The two custom colors for the rig are recorded in the tannery’s dye formula book as “Malhogany” for the holster and ”Kind of Brown” for the belt.
The holster’s graceful vintage lines draw the eye from the triple-thickness, business-like reverse shank, past the rugged girth strap, following the heavy-duty but elegantly stitched main seam, to the traditional open muzzle. The QMx Mal holster is entirely hand stitched with traditional waxed linen thread.
The small brass buckle on the girth strap used on the original rig has only recently been identified. The QMx replica uses the exact make, model and color as was used on the screen-used prop.
The edges of the leather have been finished in the traditional manner, handed down from saddlers of the Old West. Each cut leather edge is hand burnished smooth, then sealed with gum tragacanth and a specially formulated edge coat.
Like the original, the belt gives only a single nod to decorative adornment: A simple line, incised into the leather, circumnavigates the belt’s hand-burnished outer edge. Twelve pairs of oval-punched holes march with orderly precision toward the rounded English strap point. Over 50 inches away, the Garrison-style military buckle glints with the warmth of solid brass. This unassuming piece of foundry brass is actually a first-generation casting of the original Mal Firefly belt buckle. The original was cast and then filled foundry wax copies were made from the mold. The resulting waxes were then processed into brass using the traditional ‘Lost wax’ technique. The wax model is coated in a ceramic slurry. When set, the wax is melted out and the resulting hollow ceramic shell filled with molten brass.
The attention to detail pays off handsomely in this finely finished celebration of the leatherworker's art.
The Firefly Malcolm Reynolds' Holster Artisan Replica is the last word in accuracy and fidelity. It is available in an edition of just 500. Each holster comes with a unique serial number permanently embossed into the leather to ensure authenticity.
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