Piedmontese regional knives

Sunday 1st August, 2021 - Bruce Sterling

*I could go buy a burachin — I know where to get one — but wouldn’t I then need a “frabusan” and a “puragnin” for my sudden, growing “personal collection”? Also, an Opinel (which is clearly a French cousin of the “Occitano”) is modestly priced, is in most every hardware store, will do most everything these heritage knives can do, and also has a built-in steel lock-ring so you don’t slash your own fingers off.

*Collecting obscure knives isn’t the worst problem that a tool enthusiast can have, though. The worst is catching the blacksmith bug and realizing that you feel obscurely driven to create knives in your own forge.