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What is the Perfect Knife

Damascus hunter with ivory scales by Stefan Diedericks

I was once asked if there is something like a “Perfect knife” and if so, what would it look like?

The easy answer to “What is the perfect knife” would be a knife that is 100% symmetrical, perfect fits between the blade and handle with a perfectly finished mirror polished blade. The transitions from one aspect of the knife to the next must be defined by sharp lines, a knife that is absolutely flawless in all aspects.

Perfection can be defined as the following:

  • is complete – which contains all the requisite parts;
  • is so good that nothing of the kind could be better;
  • has attained its purpose.

I think point 3 above sums it up. Perfection in most, if not all cases, lies in the eye of the beholder. One man’s “perfect” hunting knife, is most certainly not the next man’s “perfect” kitchen,  tactical  or survival knife. And even in any one of these categories there are different opinions of what the perfect knife for the job is.

“Small things make perfection, but perfection is no small thing.” – Henry Royce (Rolls-Royce Motor Cars)

In my opinion the desire to create the “perfect” knife is of more importance than creating it. In the process of producing a knife, one must pay attention to each step of the process, striving to perfect each aspect of it. Then do it better the next time and then better the next time and so on.

Furthermore what is seen as perfection constantly changes. The perfect knife for the Stone Age man is most certainly not the same thing today and this will constantly change as our knowledge, materials and needs change.

“Perfection is a lot of little things done right”

So what is a perfect knife?

You tell me what you want and I’ll strive to make it “perfect”…..

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