But from the beginning I had one silent passion, a way to balance
all the outwardly directed living, a kind of meditation, where
I sought to catch the beauty of the moment through Knife making.
Now living in a little farm on ten acres of nature in a small
river valley, I have all the space and peace I need for this
To me the knife is a form of expression, and since I began
in 1979, I have attached great importance to form, design and
personal expression through the knife. And over the years, I
have worked hard to find the simplicity and essence in the knife.
This means sometimes I work with just the two elements, black
and glossy, or one blade, one piece of wood and a piece of leather.
A knife made by Michael West is instantly recognizable. Over
several decades he has continued the development of his very
own design idiom founded on Scandinavian knife making traditions.
His take is a contemporary one, but with a classic almost graphic
dimension. He aims to form a whole, where lines, shapes and
materials create a natural balance and tension.
Michael's aesthetic ambitions as a craftsman are clear when
studying his knives with their signature design of smooth and
curved lines, the use of fine and precious materials as well
as their fine technical detailing. Every knife is unique with
development beginning on the sketching board, where ideas are
examined and evaluated before coming to life in the workshop
at his home.
In recent years interest in knife making as a craft has been
thriving across Europe and Michael West is an active participant
in various groups and international shows. Over the years he
has won countless prizes in competitions, and in 2014 alone
he won first category prizes at shows in Helsinki, Solingen
and Paris along with much international recognition as a craftsman
We think Michaels work is special and unique
hope you do too.
here to view Michael's knives