Knife making and blade forging by hand has been in demand since time immemorial, a fine art always the preserve of just a few master craftsmen. Shrouded in mystery and enshrined in legend, the true masters of their trade - such as 'Wieland the blacksmith' - are still celebrated as heroes to this day.
Only few have been privileged enough to be the proud owners of such unique implements which, at one and the same time, have always been frequently used artefacts of great practical value as well as noble objects of beauty and adornment. They have even at times been immortalised with their own names.
Essentially a knife must be dependable and cut well but it should also be attractive too. The person holding the knife must enjoy using it. He should know it so well that he can use it blind. You really only need one good knife - for everything and for ever -
'though I admit that I myself have several! 
Without frills and purposeful. The knife's function has not changed since ancient times, even if its former significance has gradually lessened over time. What remains, however, is the fine art of making knives by hand and the abiding pleasure of owning such a rare and traditional artefact.

'Knife of the year 2001'

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'The meal'
Acrylic on wood, 30x40cm
This picture immortalises one of the author's favourite knives.

Wouldn't you, too, like to be the proud owner of such a beautiful, hand-crafted knife?
Something unique.
Of which there was just one.