Eclipse Meteorite Chef

The second creation by 19-year-old artist and bladesmith Tristan Dare to feature iron of the Muonionalusta meteorite, an object older than Earth itself, is as extraordinary as the origin story of the materials it is comprised of. In spite of his young age, Tristan is one of only a handful of people in the world to have developed a proprietary technique to retain the meteorite’s eight-sided crystalline structure, or Widmanstatten pattern, throughout the forging and hardening process. The resulting crosshatch, or ‘needle’ pattern, is on full display inside the thin, sharp, fully functional blade of this 155mm chef knife. Surrounding the meteorite, Tristan employed a piece of his ‘Fire in the Sky’ damascus steel, formed by folding, turning, cutting, and re-forming a mosaic of 1084 and 15n20 carbon alloys, from which the finished blade is forged to shape at his studio in Idaho. And the art does not end with the blade. In a unique and strikingly executed fashion, Tristan bonds a hand-hewn piece of mild steel, accented with 24k gold, to the ‘floating’ blade using hidden rivets to form the handle. The iron diverges vertically at the front where handle meets blade, creating an opening that seems to mimic the celestial path through which this 4.565-billion-year-old meteorite passed over 4,000 years ago before impacting Earth in Scandinavia. The material separates again in the rear, producing a beautiful aesthetic, and more than that, a sculpted form with which its user’s hand will grip this one-of-a-kind piece of culinary art. A museum-worthy object by a talented young craftsman.