Creating character-piece knife blocks is not a unique idea. The first one I became aware of was the “Voodoo Knife Block“, and I have stumbled across a couple of others in the last year. This one, based on a Spartan Warrior, is actually too well designed and built. Their design has gone viral, and Missing Digits Woodshop has been crushed under the orders.
Each knife block is a combination of CNC and hand-work, made from locally-sourced maple and walnut. The one in the picture is actually plywood, and is an early rendering.
They are made one at a time, and the production run was initially going to be limited to 40 pieces. But that was before technology and design sites like Gizmodo (where I came across it) got a hold on it.
They have since updated their site to increase the initial run, and then to announce a second run of these cool pieces. It is obvious that this is a small-scale operation. I know things like this are dorky, but I find them amusing. I leave this trivet on a cutting board I made along with my bread dome, and more than one visitor has remarked on the arrangement.
The knives that are displayed in the block are IKEA Slitbar kitchen knives.
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