There is something about a custom Karambit. I suppose there is something about most any custom knife really, but at times I find myself holding a custom knife that is just too perfect, and way to god damn expensive, and I find myself asking, what is the damn point? For this very reason, I often find myself magnetized to custom knives that exude a sort of functional appeal over a knife that may very well function, but is just too glassy and smooth, too perfect. I guess that it is like that line from the move Fight Club, about that Ikea glass ware with the tiny imperfections that were proof that it was made by the hard working indigenous people of.. wherever.
At this last Blade Show I found myself ogling over a custom knife at the karambit.com table that exuded those very same properties. It was not however produced by the hard working indigenous people of.. wherever. It was produced by Rob Saniscalchi, a hard working guy in his own right. The model that captivated my attention was Robs Peace Keeper Karambit.
The R.S. Knifeworks Peace Keeper is truly a stunning piece. Most importantly it exudes a certain type of uncommon balance. And I’m not talking about weight distribution, although it fit and feel are superb and it can be flailed with the best of them. I am talking about the knives usability factor. It is a good looking knife, but not in a way where you don’t want to use it. It is a rugged piece of work in a way that inspires confidence, that it is capable of actual cutting chores and for use a ready implement of personal defense.
Among other models at the table, I found Robs choice of proportion to keenly perceptive. Some may not think of that sort of thing as a big deal, but there is a whole a variety of factors that go into the ratio of handle to blade, thickness of material and so on. Its the sort of thing that really makes a knife work, or it doesn’t, and most all of Robs Karambit designs, just seemed to work, not only in my head, but many in my hands and well.
Several times, over the course of the show, I returned to the table, to look again. I got to chatting with Rob and in turn learned a bit about his background. Rob was bitten by the knife bug early on in life and made his first blade in 2012, and has been hard at work since, having concocted over seventy designs and by his own estimation he has produced and delivered over two thousand custom knives!
Rob fancies himself part artist, fabricator, machinist, designer, chemist, blacksmith and even part lunatic. Without a doubt, Rob Saniscalchi is crazy deep into the knife game and a whole variety of end users, including myself recognize his talent.
In Closing –
My overall impression is that Rob is a young and talented guy, who is really coming into his own in the market. So, you might wonder if Rob Saniscalchi is a guy that we are going to continue to see on the Karambit scene in years to come. Although I m not the type to make predictions, I sure hope that is the case.