This project revolves around a transition of tools of destruction into tools of creation, I wanted to show a cyclical process that has repeated itself throughout history.
The idea of forging old ammunition from the First and Second World Wars came to me after researching WW1. I heard a story about church bells being confiscated by the army and then smelted into weapons. When I further investigated the subject, I found out that it was common practice to confiscate any available steel to use for weapon production.
The steel that was used and to create this unique set of tools was reclaimed from old ammunition from first and second world war, and I have forged them with a use of traditional blacksmith techniques, handles are made from hickory wood.
Picking up an object of daily use, and redesigning it to find a perfect balance between modern design and everyday practicality.
The shape of kitchenware that we use today was developed through history to perform certain tasks, and they do excel at it. Modern designers don’t have many options to change the shape of a blade since in most cases it is simply the most efficient. The challenge I have faced was to create a design that would be original and did not compromise the performance. I have achieved that by creating a knife that is made of one piece of material instead of multiple parts. Carefully measuring the dimensions had allow me to make a blade that has perfect balance. Timeless technique of pattern welding, create unique pattern that enhances the flow of material and a very deep etch had helped to make a very comfortable grip on the handle.
My previous projects were idea based, and this time I wanted to challenge myself to create a design based on a found object.
While having a stroll during last autumn I have noticed a bunch of sycamore pods falling and had taken some of them home. As it turned out, those pods shape and pattern had been an inspiration to many, and gave me an idea to create this set of knives. It was truly a great challenge to emulate the the original but at the same time do make sure that final product would be practical.
One of the first things I learned as a blacksmith was toolmaking, majority of tools I own I had made myself. This time I wanted to make tools that could be used outside the forge.
I start to wonder what is the most commonly used tool and the answer came immediately: kitchen . Upon my research I have found that all around the world there is long tradition of craftsmen that specialise in knife making. The multitude of shapes lengths, methods of sharpening is mind boggling also chefs that specialise in different cuisine chose different knifes. All of those designs were developed to perform a particular task and this gave me an access of the whole new world of tools I can make. This is when I decided to make a set that would bring together both of my knowledge of materials, toolmaking and the traditional forms to create the knives that will excel in the kitchen. knifes