Beautiful sharp things
By James Grahame
Knives hold a special fascination for me, perhaps because they have the potential to inflict severe harm at even the slightest carelessness. I used to carry a Swiss Army knife everywhere I traveled. These days it lives in the glove compartment of my car to ensure that it never gets closer to an airline security check than the long term parking garage.
Here's a look at a blade that I'd be very sad to lose. These beautiful $195 knives are handcrafted in a small shop in Thiers, France by a fifth-generation master coutelier. The 3-inch blade is Sandvik 12C27stainless steel and the African ebony handle scales are stunningly beautiful. The spine features a hand-chiseled leaf motif and a bouchonnage pattern highlights the base of the blade. Each knife is delivered in a lidded gift tin and includes a protective leather pouch.