Comments: A full time maker currently living in Lecco Italy, Fabrizio Silvestrelli actually made his first knife at the age of eight and began professional knife making in 1988. Full time since 2004, Fabrizio is one of the most well known and respected knife makers in Italy and he is currently President of the Italian Knife Makers Guild.
This stunning new Button-lock Folding Dagger was just completed for the 2016 Italian Knife Guild Show (CIC) last December in Milan. It has finely filed liners and an exceptional hand-rubbed finish on the nicely proportioned dagger blade. The inlays are of DamaSteel Stainless Damascus with yellow gold pique work. The knife opens and closes smoothly with early lock-up and easy release. In short, the fit and finish of this knife is exceptional and world-class anywhere you care to look!
His knife making philosophy is clear and best stated in his own words:
“I am convinced that every artistic creation requires a great passion on the part of the artisan; otherwise the actual task would become mechanical and cold. Each knife produced should be the result of painstaking care and attention to detail, a unique piece of work, which provokes emotions to the eye and to the touch. The artisan should always be thinking up new forms and designs. “
His previous profession allowed him to learn processing and thermal treatment techniques for metals; and this knowledge helped him in the art of knife-making. He makes knives in modern styles, with both fixed and closing blades, using materials such as RWL-34, 440 B and C steels, as well as home-made and industrial damascus. For the handles he prefers ivory, animal teeth, wood and mother of pearl.
Fabrizio also loves to blend modern and traditional Italian styles.
Typical details that characterize Silvestrelli knives include the rounding of the liners like the bolsters and the handles. In this way contact with rough edges is avoided. The finishing touch to the blades comes with a manual glazing in a longitudinal direction, with a fine polishing of all the components including the spacers and the screws. All this requires a lot of additional work, but this is necessary to take care of each knife in every possible detail.