Handmade Gifts are the Best!

Things are just things, but things made by hand are transcendent things. I love a handmade item, whether it was an amateur labor of love by someone I know, a commercial product from a skilled artisan, or somewhere in between.

You’ve read about my favorite possessions, my cutting boards from my Dad (click here). They are even more precious now that he’s gone.

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My Dad made this one for Christmas 2015

Understanding how meaningful these are to me, very close friends gave me a special handmade knife soon after Dad died this summer. It “fits” with the handmade items Dad made; the selection below is the last cutting board he made for me (2015), a bread slicer from the late 90s, and wine stoppers he made about 8 years ago.  In front, you’ll see the new knife and its resting block from my friends.  It was a very thoughtful gift.

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Dad’s work falls in that in-between category – his handmade items were definitely a labor of love, and his skill level was approaching artisan.

Below is a closeup of the new knife from my friends, in action. It is lovely, with a steel that extends through the handle.

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This is a non-commercial blog, but I do like to recommend things now and again. The gentleman who made this lovely knife can be found on Instagram at knumb_skullz_knife_worxx.

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