Fire In the Sky

At just 19 years old, artist and bladesmith Tristan Dare counts more than a few impressive accomplishments in his growing portfolio of work, and this one-of-a-kind object, Fire in the Sky, includes much of what makes him so unique. Fascinated by natural history and the opportunity to employ the rarest of materials in functional objects, Tristan is, after years of careful experimentation, one of few people worldwide to successfully maintain the visual beauty intrinsic to ancient meteorites throughout his bladesmith’s processes of forging, heating, and cooling. That natural state is the result of billions of years of cooling in the vacuum of space, and this extraordinary chef's knife includes a solid piece of the Muonionalusta meteorite, an object older than Earth itself, dated to 4.565 billion years, and one whose fragments, discovered in Scandinavia’s Muonio River, are incredibly elusive. With the goal of maintaining the material’s natural form and artistry, namely its  using the aforementioned methods he has developed, Tristan retained the mathematically symmetrical, eight-sided crystalline structure, or Widmanstatten pattern, that results in the visible cross-hatch, or 'needle' pattern seen in this knife’s blade. And he didn’t stop there. The entire knife, in full integral construction, is created from Tristan’s Fire in the Sky damascus pattern, forged from 1084 and 15n20 carbon alloys, with a ‘flame’ effect encapsulating the meteorite in the center of the blade’s bevels. Weighted and satisfying in the hand, the knife balances just behind the blade’s heel due to the solid damascus handle which displays the steel’s stunning pattern from yet another perspective. Make no mistake, this exquisite piece of art is a tool through and through, sharp and hard at the edge, subtlety convex through the nicely shaped bevels, and tapering to a needle-like tip with a tough of lateral flexibility in the final inches of the spine. A piece of galactic history in the form of culinary art by a talented young creator.