America’s foremost knifesmith Bob Kramer has a beautiful one-of-a-kind hand-forged chef’s knife inspired by Dutch graphic artist MC Escher for sale, and it will only set you back $50,000.
Called The Pegasus, it is inspired by Escher’s work of the same name, and bears the winged-horse motif that appeared in his Regular Division of the Plane drawings, where the shape of the Pegasus is repeated in negative space.
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Kramer Knives are, without doubt, America’s most highly-regarded and most coveted chef’s knives, with a years-long waiting list just to be considered for a bespoke blade.
Anthony Bourdain famously visited Bob Kramer’s forge in order to recode the making of his own knife, which he bought for $5,000. The chef and documentarian’s reverence for Kramer’s craft was evident, as was his excitement at getting to own such a piece of artisanal excellence.
Bourdain’s Kramer knife was sold at auction last year for $231,250 as one of the lots of the late chef’s personal effects.
“We have pushed the boundaries of traditional bladesmithing to bring you our interpretation of a tessellation in steel while demonstrating the limits of forge welding to date. Escher’s mathematical inspired style has always captured our attention here at Kramer Knives. Our first all-metal knife was inspired by the Pegasus tessellation and was intricately engraved by Mastersmith Tom Ferry. The blade is made from high nickel and shop-made Damascus, hardened to 62 HRC. To complete the look, this knife comes with a museum quality display stand made from ebony.”
MC Escher spent a lifetime pursuing excellence in his art. Aware of his own exceptional abilities, he worked relentlessly, in order to accomplish the graphic work that no one else could. It is a dedication to craft and peerless achievement certainly reflected in the work of Bob Kramer. The knife is a work of art.
Anthony Bourdain’s Bob Kramer chef’s knife sold at auction for a whopping amount of money. In all, Bourdain’s possessions went for $1.8 million, 40% of which will go towards the Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship fund.