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Gavin Pintleberry

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Prof. Gavin Austine Wilberforce Pintleberry MM, was born on October 8, 1942.

Gavin was an extraordinary individual who spent over 22 years in the British Army, initially serving as a Metalsmith within the REME. He would modestly describe himself as an "average player" although he was an outstanding Second Row who played Corps Rugby for the REME, then onto the Pilgrims team and also played for the Army XV on seven occasions including the 1969 Army v Navy Match. His passion for life and pushing himself to the limits led him to applying and successfully passing Selection for service with UKSF.

This included Operational Tours to Dhofar, Oman, Bahrain and Charjah. He was MiD in Dhofar and received the Military Medal for actions in Oman.

His interest in metallurgy, his previous training as a Metalsmith, his enjoyment of the outdoors and leading a minimalistic lifestyle shaped his life far more than mere service within UKSF could ever do. On retirement from the SAS in 1983, following the receipt of a small inheritance, Gavin became reclusive and devoted his life to growing his beard and making the perfect blade. Examples of his work command a high price and it is likely that the blades he left behind will become highly desired collectors pieces.

Gavin had a series of failed relationships before finally meeting his soulmate Esme whilst trekking in the Hindu Kush. He finally found peace and settled down to a life in an old farm in Monmouthshire, close to his beloved Black Mountains. It was here that his finest work was completed as he felt at one with nature, and pieces from this period are the most sought after amongst both collectors and specialist users.

It is rumoured that Gavin held a senior position within The Knights Of Righteousness.

Gavin passed away on October 21, 2014, after a short illness caused by Argyrosis. Sadly, he was infected with the rare virus having cut himself whilst cold forging a blade made from Wootze steel dating back to around AD 1500, recovered from an abandoned steel foundry excavated by archaeologists in 2012 near Tiramangulan in the Indian state of Tiram Nasu.