Thanks Pete for the extra pics too, your piece is lovely, and much better quality than mine. Also the base on yours is smooth, whereas the texture goes under mine, and your is, of course, signed.
I just thought it was an weird texture and might be of interest to someone, rather than being by a major maker. However, the finishing on the handle is not good enough for a modern chain store piece, which although cheap are actually very well finished. The top edge on one handle has been finished very roughly, which makes me also think it is not a good maker.