ben edmonds' hand-crafted blok knives fuse carbon steel with wood
 
ben edmonds' hand-crafted blok knives fuse carbon steel with wood
feb 17, 2015

ben edmonds' hand-crafted blok knives fuse carbon steel with wood

ben edmonds’ hand-crafted blok knives fuse carbon steel with wood
all images © edward fury

 

 

hand-crafted in a world heritage 17th century building in derby, england, ben edmonds‘ ‘blok knives’ kitchen range represents how beautiful, primal and unique knife craftsmanship is. the selection of three; the 8″ chef, 4″ paring and 10″ woollen editions, are made from carbon steel with a fine grain structure, that will form a patina on the surface, in order to display the tool’s work history. the handmade mosaic pins hold the protected wooden handles that are made from a variety of timber ranging from burrs to burls, with the metal blades.

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‘there’s something very raw about making a knife. it’s back to basics and for this reason I don’t like to over complicate my production. all of my focus goes into making kitchen knives,’ said ben.

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ben working at his desk sanding the handle of a paring knife

 

 

 

he added, ‘people pay for hand crafted, and for that unique perfection. I’m always looking to improve, and make a better knife, but every knife has to be hand made… I’ve considered taking on an apprentice to help with the finishing, but then the whole process loses its romance.’ 

 

with a waiting list for five months, these individual models are produced for famous chefs and can be personalized with text or graphic blade etchings.

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the inspection of the ‘chef’ blade

 

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the former graphic designer hand sanding a wooden handle

 

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 the complete chef knife

 

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products in progress

 

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the paring knife

 

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the 10″ woolen handle special edition

 

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blank carbon steel blades

 

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a patina builds up on the metal’s surface, creating a display of the product’s work

 

 

 

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