Comments: Knife maker Van Barnett certainly needs no introduction as former member of the Art Knife Invitational (AKI) the most elite group of knife makers on the planet for many years. But even the very experienced collector may not have come across the explosion of knife making creativity call The Barnett Time Machine.
A simply stunning amalgam of unusual materials and ideas, this is the only fixed blade example of the Steam Punk Genre we have ever seen in a custom knife. Rather than stumble over my own inadequate words I will let the creator describe this masterpiece to you.
All of the pieces in the "Time Machine" series are one of a kind. All parts are fused, soldered, riveted and or bolted together. Materials are brass, copper, bronze, silver, gold, glass, steel, aluminum and on some, my own Damascus.
The Time Machine knives are designed to look as though they are from the 1890s industrial age, sort of an HG Wells/Jules Verne theme that takes you to a place only you have been inside your mind. Not surprisingly, they are also built to stand the test of time.
Van no longer takes orders and will create a small number of knives of his choosing every year. This will allow him to make whatever he wants, and that will assure each collector of receiving something rare, exceptional and totally unique.
Once you pick up a Barnett Time Machine you may never be able to put it down!