Handmade Knives for Kitchen and Camping
Don Carlos Andrade
After working as an artist creating bronze and stone sculpture for over 20 years, I am now focused on making one-of-a-kind, heirloom quality, chef and camp knives. My training as a professional chef has informed my insight into creating fine chef knives. As an avid outdoorsman, I know the value of a expertly crafted knife. My goals are to make a fine knife that will inspire you to create your own culinary wonders with joy, and also to embolden the outdoorsman with confidence in their adventures.
The possibilities of manipulating metal while hot seem endless. I'm inspired to create beautiful and excellent performing knives by:
* using simple hand held tools
* by consciously creating sacred space
* by working in a slow meditative manner
The traditional chef knives of Europe, France and Japan are intriguing to me, and I have taken on the challenge of forging some of my own adaptations of these old world patterns. Camp knives are a blast to create, and I have come to realize that just about any style and size of knife can be a "camp knife". I also specialize in making integrally forged knives forged out of round and square bar stock.
I feel very blessed to now be making heirloom quality knives. I owe much of my success to my mentor, master metalsmith Tai Goo. I forged my first knife under his direction in 2006 and continue to consult with him on a regular basis and visit his studio each year to learn more.
I invite you to visit California Custom Knives often to share in my journey.
Blessings of Goodness and Peace to you All. -DON:)