Handforged from Reclaimed Materials
The historic process of puddling and forming the iron into bars creates small inclusions of impurities that would traditionally make it less desirable. When polished and etched in a certain way, the impurities and heterogeneous carbon content reveals itself like a river; in bold, nuanced wood grain pattern running through the iron.
To my eye, this is staggeringly beautiful. To use something that is so old, discarded, and reveal such natural beauty within the material...
The antique wrought iron alone does not hold sufficient carbon to be made into a cutting edge, so I use the process of fire welding to create a laminated construction.
A modern steel core for the cutting edge and an iron cladding.
The best of both worlds.
"The knife has not only been hand made to look beautiful, it is the easiest knife I have worked with. My intention was to carry on using everyday chefs knife for the bulk of my work and to use this every now and then but I am actually using it most of the day every day. Five months on and it is still like new.
Richard has been fantastic at staying in touch and provided lots of advise on maintaining the knife.
He is not only a skilled knife maker, his customer services are on another level."
- Sam Mousawi, LONDON/UK
"The aim of art is to represent
not the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance"
This process is very different to my other knives, requiring more time and materials, but as a starting point all will include:
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