Nexus Meteorite Wootz

From the biographies of each artist to the extraordinary object itself, a chef knife collaboration like none we have experienced before. At 16 and 19 years old respectively, teenage bladesmiths Timo Verschuren of the Netherlands and Tristan Dare of Idaho in the US worked together for months to create the tool they call Nexus. First, the pair identified the ancient celestial object to be used: the Campo Del Cielo meteorite, found in Argentina and believed to have impacted earth, one of the heaviest space rocks every to do so, around 4700-4200 years ago, was their choice. Originally named by the native people of what is now Argentina, the name means Field of Heaven due to the specific position in the sky from which the people believe it fell, and the material is roughly 90% iron and 10% nickel. With a piece of this incredible object in hand, Tristan and Timo first combined the iron with other sources of iron as well as carbons and smelted the mixture at Timo's shop to create a one-of-a-kind Campo Del Cielo Wootz steel. With its distinctive damascus-like pattern ready to be revealed, Timo first forged the raw wootz ingot from the smelting process into what would become the knife and handle. In a rough-ground state, Tristan took over, refining the geometry and form, adding a stunning piece of ancient fossilized wooly mammoth for the handle, as well as 18k gold highlights. Also, in 18k gold below the spine of the blade is the mark of the collaboration: "TT" for Tristan and Timo. Finally, with every detail accounted for, from beautifully rounded spine and choil, to a full distal taper, fine tip, and high-polished, convex bevels above a thin, sharp edge, Nexus finds a sweet spot at the intersection of form and function.