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Art Knives?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by danbot, Oct 26, 2017.

  1. danbot

    danbot Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Love 'em? Hate 'em?... Meh?
    If you had the money, would you consider buying a knife that wasn't really good for anything but looking absolutely beautiful? Or are they better left to the museum?

    What's your opinion? Personally, if I could justify it, I probably would buy one. Although I would prefer one that was also somewhat functional, if not practical.

  2. sharp_edge

    sharp_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    These look interesting as show pieces except for the ones in the second picture, which I don't view as art knives - they are extremely lethal and I believe are banned in many places.
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  3. danbot

    danbot Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Interesting. I thought they looked kinda "modern" artsy.
  4. Cow51


    May 6, 2016
    My opinion, and is just that, is I don't care for them. I understand why they exist and that some people get a lot of joy out of them. However, I have no interest in them because to me, knives are tools meant to be used. That doesn't mean they can't look nice, but appearance is not my top priority in selecting knives.

    If I had the type of money to spend on an expensive art knife, I'd rather see that money do good in the world, donate it or something. But in the end, whatever makes you happy. It's your money to spend as you will. To each his own.
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  5. W. Anderson

    W. Anderson Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 22, 2016
    I'm not sure where the line of "Art Knife" is drawn, but I carry this:


    Its a peice I commissioned from Dylan Farnham.
  6. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    Art itself is pretty much an expression of human creativity and imagination that is appreciated by others.

    Isn't that pretty much the crux of our interactions here? Lots of pieces can already be considered art, and knifemaking and designing is an "art".

    An art knife to me would have to be functional first and foremost, as therein lies the art in my book... I consider things like material selection, successful heat treating, and form-for-function as important elements to the art... even over the aesthetics.
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  7. McFeeli


    Feb 13, 2017
    There's nothing wrong with getting creative. If I had the money/opportunity to own some of the beautiful pieces of work I've seen over the years you can bet I'd have some hung up around the house.

    I remember a little while back where a member here had some pictures up of this dragon axe he created and it fu**king gorgeous. I wouldn't feel bad for single second owning something to that degree.

    That said I like how all knives are basically art. It's functional art, which I love. I just don't have the funds to buy the really crazy stuff, haha.
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  8. FullMetalJackass

    FullMetalJackass Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 10, 2016
    Thanks, but no, thanks!
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  9. danbot

    danbot Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Well, that says it all! Very to the point!:thumbsup:
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  10. Charlie Mike

    Charlie Mike Sober since 1-7-14 (still a Paranoid Nutjob) Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 1, 2000

    If it isn't capable of practical use (tool/weapon) it's useless in my opinion.

    Even this extremely "full dress" DDR brought an evil grin to my Kali instructor. I would probably carry it if it wasn't tip down.

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  11. Cutlover


    Jan 20, 2016
    I like art knives, but ONLY if the knife itself is already mechanically perfected. The art needs to be an extension to the engineering, not a supplement.

    I would never own a cheap knife that has some beautiful abalone scales. In my view, the knife has to be mechanically perfect in order to deserve nice scales.

    I would buy something like a Scott Sawby knife though. From what I know, the knife has excellent tolerances, action, locking, and some people can't even figure out how it was put together. The mechanical precision shows when the blade is open, it looks like a fixed blade almost.
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  12. ThePeacent


    Sep 15, 2013
    that burrito is full food-art, though :thumbsup:
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  13. danbot

    danbot Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    I guess for me, its the detail of the carving and sculpting of nice materials that really appeals to me. But I still want the blade to be made from quality heat treated steel, even if its not all that functional. (strictly speaking of "art" knives).
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  14. lieferung


    May 24, 2016
    Look up videos of these on YouTube. Pretty nasty and functional.

    I love that last picture that is a beautiful piece. I'm with you, I would buy and carry a practical one, as a gentleman's knife though never a work knife.
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  15. strategy9

    strategy9 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2015
    The third one looks like an actual usable functional blade.

    For me, a I don't mind functional knives that are artistically embellished, but purely artistic pieces made to mimic a knife, but are nonfunctional, are useless crap. Every custom and semi-custom knife is a work of art into itself.
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  16. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    I will always love you for that. I really need to save some money so I can have Charlie Mike me a knife.
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  17. SpySmasher

    SpySmasher Lead Guitar Platinum Member

    Sep 1, 2016
    I don't think I could ever buy a non-functional knife but there are some knives that I have seen that I think are just breathtaking pieces of art. If I had great function and breathtaking art all together -- hell yeah I'd buy it.
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  18. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    I'm pretty sure the first one is more lethal than the twisty ones. XD
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  19. 3fifty7

    3fifty7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 24, 2016
    I pride myself on being utilitarian.

    Art just for art sake, nah not my style.
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  20. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    The classic useful simplicity of a good old patina'd traditional is art in itself.
    I'd rather go to a museum full of this than I would paintings or highly embellished knives with little function.
    Not that they can't look nice, but you don't have to try to make a knife beautiful to make a knife that's beautiful.

    Just my 2ยข
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