The value and purpose of an edged weapon can be manifold: practical, symbolic, social or personal.
In the past it was a tool for war, civilian combat, a symbol of social standing and for showing-off in social settings. Today it can be a tool for test-cutting, HEMA sparring, reenactment and for showing-off still.
In the modern world, everything is produced cheaply and efficiently in large quantities. Things are functional and designed for a capitalistic economy without soul. However, there is still a longing in all of us for something made with thought, soul and passion.
For ultimately there is no happiness in a world in which things are not as good as they can be.1Eric Gill
The artisan invests his time in the product and infuses it with life, ornament is organic and gives its owner a sense of possessing something valuable. In craftsmanship, function, beauty and personalisation go hand in hand and something unique is the outcome. This was the paradigm in the past that I want to revive with my work.
- 1.Gill E. An Essay on Typography. Sheed and Ward, Great Britain; 1931.