The “Taramundi” boxwood knife has a carved boxwood handle, although heath and briar woods, or any other quality and durable wood is also used by artisan craftspeople.
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The “Taramundi” boxwood pocket knife is mainly characterised by simplicity, robustness and long life thanks to the quality of the materials used, elegance and tradition in the image projected.
All are synonymous of the Asturias identity and the craftspeople who masterfully produce an item that has become an icon of Asturias handcrafts. The simplicity of a Taramundi knife is in its elegance as well as its origin; it was conceived as a useful tool, with a rustic aesthetic appearance and to be used as an effective tool in daily life.
As for the methods and processing techniques, Taramundi knives are characteristically made by artisans who prefer to continue make the blades by hand, although young craftspeople, without losing respect for tradition, have updated their techniques to use presses and dies.
The knife is made up of four parts joined together: the shaft, the blade, the handle and ferrule. The blade bears the claw that enables it to be opened conveniently, and a hole for the shaft. Given the importance of the blade as a cutting tool, it is common to find the craftsperson’s seal engraved on it.
The blade is eight centimetres long is made using traditional artisan techniques from premium-quality stainless steel, guaranteeing a quality finished product. The shaft is the essential part of the knife because it enables the blade to pivot and therefore open and close.
Taramundi knives have a simple and effective shaft that can be made with a cut nail and riveted or with iron wire also riveted at both ends of the shaft. The ferrule plays a structural role in the assembly and is mainly made from sheet iron, which is usually polished to provide continuity with the handle, making it more pleasant to hold.