Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A Work of Art: The Obsidian Blade Knife Collection

The Obsidian Knife Collection from Atlanta Cutlery Corp. (ACC) is one of the most beautiful handmade knives that enthusiasts love to see in their display.  According to Travis Baer of ACC, “These glass knives are made through the process of flint knapping.The handles are often just as interesting as the blades, made of material such as deer antler, buffalo rib bone, and coyote jaw. These artworks are handmade in the USA and come with a certificate of authenticity, as well as, a display stand.” A work of art, these knives nevertheless possess a very sharp edge and have been blunted for regulatory & safety purposes. 

Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass formed as an extrusive igneous rock and is being increasingly used to make extremely sharp knives. Companies today are manufacturing and selling surgical scalpels mounted with obsidian blades. Well-crafted obsidian blades can have a cutting edge many times sharper than high-quality steel surgical scalpels with a cutting edge that is only about 3 nanometers thick. Good quality obsidian fractures down to single molecules which can produce a cutting edge 500 times sharper than the sharpest steel scalpel blade! (“American Medical News”)

The Obsidian knives at ACC are handmade by master artist Dale Duby using the methods of old; grinding, abrading, percussion and pressure flaking. Blades are attached using sinew. These knives come with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist, and also a hand carved stand. Each of these knives is handcrafted with naturally occurring materials, with as little alteration as possible to preserve its natural beauty. Each handle is minimally worked to save most of its original shape. This means that each knife will be one-of-a-kind and unique. You should not expect a homogeneous product, and it is highly likely that color, grain and shape will vary from knife to knife.