SKARPARI

The Knives

WELCOME

Skarpari is the Icelandic word for sharper.

Sharpness is our ultimate goal as knife makers. We have always been fascinated with the history of sharpness.

When did we acquire it? And how was it lost?

These are the questions we hope to answer as we explore the art of sharpness.

New materials, local lore, and knife history. This site and what we sell is being done in the pursuit of “Skarpari” or sharper.

We hope to help you regain sharpness in your home or out in the field, in a culture that has all but lost the ability to keep or have sharp tools.

We welcome you to accompany us on this lifelong journey in the pursuit of sharpness.

History

Skarpari was formed in 2015 with the intention of creating beautiful and functional tools for the home or field.

Craftsmanship

Each of the tools we make takes many hours of planning, designing, collecting materials, and creating. We believe that as we craft these tools, the more intentional time and love we put into each one, the better the end product will be.

Results

In the last 5 years of creating knives, we’ve learned and expanded so much. We are now a brand creating products that are proudly manufactured in the USA. We thoughtfully sourced materials made by small artisans from around the country.

Vision

Stewardship of this great creation is high on our list of things to get right. We want to give back to the earth and humanity any way we can. We want to help other small businesses thrive. We want everyone to be respected and given basic human rights and justice. We believe in human rights and a clean environment for all. We will give 10% of all our profits to local non-profits to help with these struggles. Your purchase is helping to make a change!

Our Process

Every blade we make is a unique piece of functional art.

There is no standard manufacturing process for what we do. We let the materials speak to us and tell us what they want to be. We listen to the needs of our custom cutlery clients and develop the perfect tool for their needs. A typical project takes more than 20 hours to create. We start with steel and create the blade’s basic shape. It could be repurposed, found steel, or a piece of steel we’ve purchased with known qualities. Once the shape is created, we do the initial rough grind of the bevels. The blade then goes through a heat-treating process to harden the steel. The steel is then cleaned and put through a tempering process which is what will determine its final hardness. From there the blade is hand-sanded and sharpened. The handles and liners are then attached, sanded, and sealed with wax. Every knife, even the ones that we make multiple times, is a unique work of art.

The Materials

The materials we use come from so many places it would be hard to catalog them all.

The materials we use have come from the forests, old metal piles, cast-offs, antique collections, and from artist’s workshops. Friends, customers, and other makers send us wood and steel, and other custom materials from all over the world. We have clients who are arborists who save all of the “weird wood” they find. We have friends who are scrap metal collectors that bring us everything usable for blades. We are blessed to live in a small community where people care about the environment and reusing materials. We are incredibly mindful of the materials we use, the waste the process creates, and how we deal with that. We live in a beautiful natural environment that we know needs to be preserved.

TOOLS MAKE IT ALL POSSIBLE​

There is no substitute for the real thing.​

Hunting & Livestock

Hunting or raising livestock for food gets you one step closer to relying on natural resources to provide for our basic needs. We believe in being in touch with where our food comes from. We see deer all year through their life cycles, and we recognize that they are living breathing beings whose life is precious. We raise goats that help us clear the brambles that then go into the freezer at the end of the season. We raise pigs who eat all the leftovers. Our chickens provide eggs until they become stew or crab bait. When the season arrives, we are ready to take them humanely and traditionally. Many of the methods of killing an animal, bleeding it out, and then butchering it are lost arts in our modern society. A sharp tool means quick, humane hunt, and kill that respects nature and our human limits.

Butchering

A skilled home or commercial butcher can make use of an entire animal. They may prepare cuts of meat and poultry with cooking, storing, and charcuterie in mind. Butchering requires skill, coordination, concentration, and the proper tools. Separating the edible parts of an animal from the rest without the two comminglings can only be done with a sharp, reliable, and perfectly balanced knife. Tools for cutting through bone and ligaments and not damaging edible meat make butchering possible. We have learned over the years what to do in the field and what comes home, which parts will be hung for months and sometimes years and what we will cook up that evening over a fire. A butcher understands that meat that is respected and appreciated will sustain us.

Fishing

We spend our time just off of Lopez Island in the Salish Sea. The tools and implements for fishing are illustrated in the local oral histories of this mystical body of water. The ancestors of these waters lived a marine culture here for thousands of years before us. We spend our fishing seasons following the patterns of fishing and crabbing then drying, canning, or freezing our catch to preserve it. Over the years we have learned how to respect nature and go with the flow by using tools that work with us, and not against us. Our lives on the water require a sharp knife for cutting rope or lines and an oyster shucker or a crab cracker to eat our catch. Some of the tools we use are based on ancient designs, and others are our creations based on the unique environments we choose to call home.