Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sergei Bobkov and Konstantin Pushkarev Collaboration

I haven't been able to find a lot of information on these two Russian artists, however, here is what I know.  Konstantin Pushkarev is a master of wood inlay work and has practiced his inlay work since 1996.  He has a firm  that is engaged in the design and creation of inlaid cutlery. Konstantin creates his own knives and works with others doing the embellishment as is the case with this knife from Sergei Bobkov.  I have not been able to find much information on Sergei.  I really like this knife and it would be great to find more collaborations by these artists.  I have not yet taken my own photographs of these knives, these are from Jim Cooper of Sharp by Coop.  By the way, if you want to see some great knife photography visit the Sharp by Coop website here;

Friday, January 10, 2014

Lingerie Lovelies

This is a Matt Lerch Paia Dagger with his patented double action opening mechanism (when you push the button on the handle the blade pops up enough to grasp it and complete the opening process, it closes as any other liner lock. Once you activate the hidden mechanism inside the liner, by pushing on the inside of the backbar, the knife now functions as an automatic with the same release button allowing the blade to fully open.  Pressing the gold skull crusher resets the mechanism so it is no longer an auto).  Other features of this knife are the frame & blade which are made of Mike Norris' double stainless ladder pattern Damascus, mild stainless inlays were used for the engraving. The hand sculpted skull crusher is also 18kt Gold. The scroll engraving on the frame and on the blade itself is gold inlay in a liberty style with dot shading, the hair of the lovelies is antiqued shakudo and the skin tone is a 19kt gold alloy, Brian developed the alloy and techniques for both the hair and skin, the black trimmed lingerie for both of the beauties is 14kt red gold.  This is one of the most outstanding knives you will ever encounter.  The combination of design, engineering, creativity and art make this a masterpiece worthy of any collection or museum in the world.