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2019 COLLECTION
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Past Works & Collections

Something truly special came together for this collection of Koivu Knives. Each of the elements that made up this 2019 Collection had quite the story to tell. While each of the styles will look similar to the knives shown here, each one however was truly unique as subtle characteristics varied slightly. Like any seasonal collection, these knives were only available in very limited numbers. Each knife it this collection came in a custom box that features a magnetic wood block for mounting and materials to help sharpen and care for the knife.

The blades were made of carbon steel that was sourced from two 36 inch sawmill blades estimated to be from the 1950’s. Research shows that they were made by E. Dawes & Son of Bethnal Green, London, which was established in the 1890’s.

The handles featured a mix of Laburnum wood from residential garden in Hampstead, London; and Horse–chestnut burr from the Preselli Hills in Pontfaen, Wales, that came from an ancient tree felled during a storm due to infection from fungi. The traces left by environmental stresses gave the wood its distinct character.

The hardware comes from the brass carriage locks of a 1950’s steam train from London & North Western Railway, melted down and cast specially for each knife.

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Chef
A perfectly balanced western style chef’s knife.
220mm long blade length.
Limited edition of 7 knives.
£250 – NO LONGER AVAILABLE –

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Santoku
A beautiful Japanese inspired general purpose kitchen knife.
170mm long blade length.
Limited edition of 7 knives.
£250 – NO LONGER AVAILABLE –

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Petty
A smaller, nimble knife for more delicate chopping and peeling tasks.
110mm long blade length.
Limited edition of 5 knives.
£200 – NO LONGER AVAILABLE –

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Breadknife
A longer, serrated knife for slicing all manner of baked goods.
250mm long blade length.
Limited edition of 3 knives.
£300 – NO LONGER AVAILABLE –

William Morris Collection

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The blades were made of carbon steel that was sourced from two 36 inch sawmill blades estimated to be from the 1950’s. Research shows that they were made by E. Dawes & Son of Bethnal Green, London, which was established in the 1890’s.

The handle featured Uk grown Elm, known to be over 250 years old it derived from a restoration project at Walthamstow’s St Marys Church. The Elm was part of the stock that supported the bells that William Morris was baptised under in 1834. The darker wood species is Judus tree, removed from a dead branch situated in the grounds of the childhood home of William Morris.

The hardware complimented with copper spacers from London docklands water pipes.

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Chefs Knife
230mm – French-inspired chefs knife
Carbon steel blade and 250 Elm handle.
Limited edition of 4 knives.
£300 – NO LONGER AVAILABLE –

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Petty Knife
125mm – French-inspired Petty knife
Carbon steel blade and 250 Elm handle.
Limited edition of 4 knives.
£200 – NO LONGER AVAILABLE –

Bespoke & One-Of-a-Kind Kitchen Knives.

A beautiful bespoke 8" (200mm) carbon steel chefs knife. German 'Wusthof' style design with Elm burr and Laburnum wood. Stick tang handle construction. Handle finished with salvaged brass features.
1950’s carbon steel blade, handle constructed from WW1 salvaged brass and Elm burr wood from Suffolk.
9" French 'Sabatier' style chefs knife with spalted Beechwood handle and brass from spent 12mm training bullet blanks.
Spalting is the term given to wood that has been infected by two or more fungi. The result is often unusual shades, colours and lines left behind in the wood once processed.

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9" (230mm) French 'Sabatier' style chefs knife. Constructed from suspected 1950's sawmill blade with dark etched patina. The wood used in the construction of its handle came from an ancient tree taken down due to disease in the Precisely Hills in Pembrokeshire.
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A traditional 8" (200mm) carbon steel chefs knife. This German 'Wusthof' style design was constructed from a 1960's sawmill blade with rare Judas tree wood and Victorian brass stair rods.
120mm carbon steel petty knife.
Handle constructed from Black walnut, Beachwood and London waterpipes. 
A full size 9" (230mm) serrated breadknife in high carbon steel. Fitted with a full tang handle, genuine salvaged Zebrawood and salvaged brass fixtures.
Carving knife, 1950’s carbon steel from Bethnal Green. handle constructed from end grain Judus tree from the grounds of the Wiliam Morris gallery. 
A beautiful bespoke 8" (200mm) carbon steel chefs knife. German Wusthof style design with Elm burr and Laburnum wood. Stick tang handle construction. Handle finished with salvaged brass features.
9" French 'Sabatier' style chefs knife with spalted Beechwood handle and brass from spent 12mm training bullet blanks.
240mm – Stick tang chefs knife. Forced patina carbon steel blade with birch bark, antler and rosewood handle.
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5" utility kitchen knife. Stick-tang handle construction with Beech and Laburnum wood and salvaged 1917 WW1 4" tank artillery brass.
A small and nimble knife for intricate work handle brass from salvaged 1917 WW1 German tank artillery.
A traditional 8" (200mm) carbon steel chefs knife. This German 'Wusthof' style design was constructed from a 1960's sawmill blade with rare Judas tree wood and Victorian brass stair rods.
1960’s salvaged steel, full tang handle fitted with rare Judas tree wood and Victorian brass. 
160mm – Full tang Santoku.
Canadian sugar maple – Camden town ‘KOKO’ reclaimed dance floor. Brass button rods – Graves and Co Euphonium, circa 1860.
80mm small and sleek stick tang peeler.
Handle constructed from Spalted beech, Zebra-wood and Sámi reindeer antler from Northern Lapland. 
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5" utility kitchen knife. Stick-tang handle construction with Beech and Laburnum wood and salvaged 1917 WW1 4" tank artillery brass.
A full size 9" (230mm) serrated breadknife in high carbon steel. Fitted with a full tang handle, genuine salvaged Zebrawood and salvaged brass fixtures.
High carbon steel with African hardwood handle, salvaged from a church in west London with unknown origin. 
Our slightly smaller 7" (180mm) French 'Sabatier' style chefs knife. Constructed from 1950's salvaged high carbon steel and London plane tree removed from the grounds of the old Cambridge House 'Green Park'.
A nimble French ‘Sabatier’ style chefs knife. Handle constructed from London Plane tree wood with rich London heritage.
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Our slightly smaller 7" (180mm) French 'Sabatier' style chefs knife. Constructed from 1950's salvaged high carbon steel and London plane tree removed from the grounds of the old Cambridge House 'Green Park'.
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