While browsing for a gift for my (almost!) 31 year old brother, I came across a large selection of ‘manly goods’. You know, the sturdy looking watches, canvas bags, leather iphone cases, and all kinds of shaving accessories. One thing I did not buy (there’s a waiting list!) but was pretty impressed with are these handcrafted Poglia&Co knives.
Designer Max Poglia, a Brazilian with Italian heritage, moved to New York where he started to explore old materials and craftsmanship techniques.
His first design was introduced at an acclaimed restaurant in New York, for which he also designed the visual identity. From there business went well, having up till now designed an exclusive line for an inn owned by Richard Gere, and launching a collaboration with Esquire Magazine.
Poglia and Co knives are now all designed in New York, and handcrafted in a workshop in Southern Brazil. The blades are cut mostly from reclaimed disk plows, and the handles are made from wood, bone, horn and solid brass.
Do people use these knives for cutting up their veggies? Or are they too pretty to use? Let’s hope, like the colourful peddles made by Norquay, that the answer is both!
p.p.s: Next week I’ll share the actual gift I got for my brother, there’s a little sneak peek on GIGOT’s instagram..