Why is symmetry so important ? Symmetry in knife design
A magnified look at the plunge lines on a Podencoknife

Symmetry is found everywhere in nature and is also one of the most prevalent themes in art, architecture, and design – in cultures all over the world and throughout human history. Symmetry is certainly one of the most powerful and persuasive concepts in mathematics.

We are born with it – two arms, two legs, ears, eyes … and within this symmetry there is even a ‘fine tuning’, read : the more symmetrical we perceive as the more beautiful.

In knife design I find it important as I see symmetry as ‘the outlines in a drawing’. I know there are some wicked chisel edge knife designs and they perform extremely well – but my personal preference goes out to a knife design that has the same lines, left to right. And when done well (and done by hand …) I truly enjoy and appreciate it.

Piet Mondriaan, 1921 Composition en rouge, jaune, bleu et noir

One artist I have learned much about when growing up is the Dutch painter and theoretician Piet Mondriaan (March 7 1872 – February 1 1944) who is regarded as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.

He is known for being one of the pioneers of the 20th century abstract art, as he changed his artistic direction from figurative painting to an increasingly abstract style where his artistic vocabulary was reduced to simple geometric elements

What I most like from this artist is that the way he paints you can imagine the black lines being part of a larger work, or that they continue.

In my designs I aspire to do exactly this …. make a flow, a line that you can imagine goes further that the canvas (read: knife)

When you look at the lines of the Naira, do you see the different arcs, and the way the handle has a transition into the blade ?
Since the beginning of time we have been trying to find formulas for beauty – and we’re still chasing it 😉

Anyway these are the thoughts and musings of a custom knife maker on a Friday morning (which as always is a RED Friday ) Remember Everyone Deployed !

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