Love Handles? Try Custom Cutlery
There are two sides to every piece of custom cutlery. For example, both the blade and the handle of a knife combine function and art, but there’s a reason the former is the business end. The handles of knives, forks, and spoons, on the other hand, are made literally to be taken in hand and are opportunities for clever, one-of-a-kind flourishes by CustomMade artisans. Whether or not you’re a foodie, your flatware merits some custom attention. Custom made knives and other utensils touch your food, bring morsels to your mouth, and help you prepare your meals grand or small. These items are very personal. Why not commission cutlery with some personality?
Meet “Sharky,” a Himalayan rams horn fillet knife by Cote Custom Knifemaker. The rams horn handle is securely attached to the high end steel blade and provides a comfortable, safe grip even when wet. A toothy carved shark grins back at you from the handle’s 416 grade stainless steel bolster. Guillaume Cote will create any knife based on his customer’s requests, including handles made from a wide variety of materials, such as stabilized burls, stag or sheep horn, and mammoth ivory.
This particular hand-forged sterling silver baby spoon by lsf | designs in metal belongs to a recently arrived little girl named Jane. Each spoon is a hammer-shaped, hand-filed, unique rustic style piece. The heart design on the handle can be shaped from yellow gold. If you’d like to custom order a baby spoon with a message and symbol of your choice, contact Laura Friedman.
Using reclaimed metal for custom forged knives can add historical flair to your dinner gatherings. Do you have a keepsake spike from a favorite railroad? If you’re a train aficionado, a gastronome, or both, John Eppes of Thistletorr Model Soldiers can create a hand-forged railroad spike knife from that memento or from a spike from “the Best Friend Line that ran from Charleston, SC, to Branchville, SC, in the earliest days of railroad travel.” The knife shown here, writes John, was crafted “from a small gauge rail spike from the Swamp Rabbit Line, a branch line of the Southern Railway that went from Greenville, SC, up into the valleys of Travelers Rest, Slater, and Marietta, serving the textile mills located along the rivers of those towns.” Your own custom table knife or other utensil will feature an oil-hardened blade and a twisted handle hand-forged from the spike itself. The distinctive head of the spike will preserve the memory of the former life of this piece of rescued history.
The naturally twisted sassafras wood handles on these ice cream scoops “are so pleasing to the eye and even more comfortable to hold,” write artisans Eric and Rebecca Giles of Giles Wood and Clay. Vines that grow up the trunks of sassafras trees create these unusual shapes. “No two are ever alike,” so contact the artisans and custom order your own unique scoop.
Would you like to shake hands with a shark, ride a railroad, or climb a tree when you set your table? Are you looking for a special spoon for a special child? Find a CustomMade artisan near you who specializes in custom cutlery and commission all the pieces you can handle today.