The latest installment of our 5 from the Grinder series comes from all the way over in Hungary. Imre Palcsesz was introduced to us by guest-poster “Switchblade”, and we are glad he did. Imre makes some pretty sweet knives, and while his English might not be perfect, craftsmanship is a universal language. Thanks for participating Imre!
First, in a few sentences, please introduce yourself and let us know what led you to making/designing knives.
Hello. My name is Imre Palcsesz and I make knives for more than 10 years, in full time for a couple of years. I have grown up near to a large prairie in Hungary, where the knife was needed in the every day carry. That’s where everything started… This environment determined me to the conception of my life. Later I studied for mechanical engineer, where I studied metallurgy thoroughly. That’s why I make the heat treatment of all my knives myself. So, I can control every workflow of knifemaking.
Question 1: What knifemaker(s) or designer(s) have had the biggest influence on you? Do you have any mentors?
It’s a hard question. I like many styles relatively and I saw many things from other knifemakers, I learned a lot, if nothing else but the conception of his life. So, it’s hard to choose one person or style, but if I have to, I would say Ferenc Kocsis’s works, Bob Loveless’s stlye, Jens Anso’s designed folders or Pekka Tuominen’s puukkos.
Question 2: What is your favorite knife pattern or style from history?
I haven’t got one, but I like the pure styles, not the gratuitously beautiful knives.
Question 3: What is the next big thing in knifemaking? / What direction do you see the industry going?
I think the communication with the customers become more important, we have to get the customers closer to the knifemakers.
Question 4: Is there a knife from your lineup that you feel best exhibits who you are as a knifemaker/designer in terms of design elements, aesthetic or techniques used?
As I wrote before, I make many styles of knives, but I like the Nessmuk-kind humpbacked blades, and I like combine the Loveless style and my style.
Question 5: What is your EDC and why?
It would be good if I wrote something witty here. But I’m a frugal man. J Mostly I have a less well done Angelero knife in my pocket.”