Robb Col­lec­tions

Stephen Web­ster Beasts Knives

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Contents - By JAN­ICE O’LEARY

“CHAM­PAGNE HAS THE TASTE OF AN AP­PLE PEELED WITH A STEEL KNIFE.” Al­dous Hux­ley

The sculp­tural new cut­lery col­lec­tion from jew­eller Stephen Web­ster was in­spired by his Beasts of London col­lec­tion and a com­mis­sion by a Scot­tish client for a sgian- dubh (a tra­di­tional High­land dress knife) with a carved han­dle in the shape of a ram’s skull over a Da­m­as­cus blade. The bronze han­dles of the Beasts Knives (US$30,000, RM123,000 for the set) de­pict a few of the crea­tures we eat.

The six knife hafts are a rooster, bull, ram, boar, salmon and cour­gette for the veg­etable par­ing knife. Web­ster worked with London chef Mark Hix to test each blade on its culi­nary quarry, then en­gaged a forge in south London spe­cial­is­ing in the Ja­panese Da­m­as­cus tech­nique, which yields a wave­like pat­tern. Web­ster also cre­ated a Cock & Bull carv­ing knife and fork (US$7,500) to com­plete the col­lec­tion. The set is avail­able by com­mis­sion through Stephen Web­ster stores and Har­rods. stephen­web­ster.com ≠

Pho­tos RICHARD GREEN

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