maple wood knives by the federal inc.
maple wood knives by the federal inc. maple wood knives by the federal inc.
jan 31, 2014

maple wood knives by the federal inc.

maple wood knives by the federal inc.
all images courtesy of the federal inc.




designboom spotted these maple wood knives by the federal inc. at the 2014 toronto interior design show inside the studio north program of the event.


wanting to approach the design of the typical kitchen knife with a renewed aesthetic appeal, the ottawa-based collected focused on the key components that people visualize when they think about the cooking preparation tool. in doing so, they’ve conceived a handle and blade in solid maple wood, finished with a metal edge for cutting, reducing the size and visual weight of a knife. the result is a set of knives that reconsiders the way we look at mundane objects. available later this year, they will be sold in a set of two or individually.

maple wood set knives by the federal inc. designboom
the handle and blade of each knife is made from a single piece of maple wood


maple wood set knives by the federal inc. designboom
a silver edge finishes the blade



maple wood set knives by the federal inc. designboom
detail of the heel and bolster



maple wood set knives by the federal inc. designboom
two different types of knives are available




update: ian murchison of the federal participated in the 2014 design indaba conference’s pecha kucha program which invites top graduates from the world’s best design schools, to gather and give brief presentations of their work to an attentive audience. murchison founded his ottawa, canada-based design consultancy following a 16-month internship at blackberry.



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  • Unfortunately sold out …

    Christoph says:
  • My interest is cutting just spiked. These are beautiful.

    ricky says:

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