“OF KNIVES AND MEN” SHOWCASES THE STELLAR HEIGHTS OF THE KNIFEMAKING ART
From the beginning, the knife has been a more treasured, and a more personal tool than any other used by man. It has been critical in survival situations, a means of completing daily chores, an essential tool in many livelihoods and an implement of war and self-defense.
So it’s not surprising that we’ve come to revere the knife and to elevate examples of it with ornate embellishments and to pay homage to it by using it as an artistic platform to imbue it with our creative visions.
“Of Knives and Men” is a tribute to those artists and craftsmen worldwide who have taken knifemaking artistry to greater heights using innovative materials and modern techniques. This 240-page hardcover book by François-Xavier Salle and published by Firefly Books features the work of 46 artisans covering the past 30 years. It showcases 217 knives and sheaths with full-color photographs, specifications, and profiles of the makers.
“‘OF KNIVES AND MEN,’ IS A TRIBUTE TO THOSE ARTISTS AND CRAFTSMEN WORLDWIDE WHO HAVE TAKEN KNIFEMAKING ARTISTRY TO GREATER HEIGHTS…”
There’s a section at the end of the book detailing handle materials, and engraving, etching and carving techniques used in these creations. Whether you’re a collector, investor, aspiring knifemaker, knife aficionado, or you simply appreciate fine art, this book is an inspirational resource that documents the incredible possibilities of this art form.
Publisher: Firefly Books
Hardcover: 240 pages
Dimensions: 8.25 x 0.56 x 11 inche s
A version of this article first appeared in the March/April 2023 print issue of Knives Illustrated Buyer’s Guide.