How to cut a goose feather into a lovely quill pen

I'm not going to lie, I don't really need to know how to cut and make a quill pen from a goose feather. No one does anymore. But! I was completely fascinated by the process of it. It's funny how he uses both vintage tools (an 1800's era quill cutting knife) with modern technology (a NYC metro card!). » 10/22/14 11:04pm Wednesday 11:04pm

A Spartan Knife Block That's Anything But Austere

You can pretend they're there for easy access, but there's something primevally enjoyable about leaving your cutting implements on display in a knife block. It's like knights mounting swords on the wall of a castle, and it's also why this knife block that looks like a Spartan under attack is particularly amusing. » 10/03/14 9:55am 10/03/14 9:55am

The Design of Spoons and Knives Can Change the Way We Taste Food

Chances are, you've spent more time thinking about the specs on your smartphone than about the gadgets that you use to put food in your mouth. But the shape and material properties of forks, spoons, and knives turn out to matter—a lot. Changes in the design of cutlery have not only affected how and what we eat, but… » 9/19/14 9:20am 9/19/14 9:20am

These Stealth Knives Only Need Sharpening Every 25 Years

What good is a fancy set of kitchen knives if after deboning a few chickens and julienning a bunch of celery stalks it's already too dull to handle a ripe tomato? You don't want to spend your time in the kitchen toiling away on a sharpening stone, so the folks at TB Groupe designed a set of knives featuring… » 9/08/14 3:45pm 9/08/14 3:45pm

Seeing scissors get made by hand is just so mesmerizing

You'll get lost watching him work. I definitely did. Cliff Denton is a 'putter' for Ernest Wright & Sons, the last remaining hand manufacturer of scissors there is, and he literally puts together scissors with his hands. He's a master at it. Watching him work is mesmerizing and satisfying to see. It's basically art. » 7/01/14 1:00am 7/01/14 1:00am

Safer Kitchen Knives Inspired By the Tools in Your Workshop

If you think back to the last time you cut yourself using something sharp, it was probably in the kitchen, not your workshop. Given how much more time we all spend in the kitchen, it makes sense that the risk of injury would be higher. So it also makes sense that someone would design a set of kitchen knives that are… » 4/16/14 7:00pm 4/16/14 7:00pm

These Hand-Forged Kitchen Knives Are Works of Rural Art

The world is not lacking for inexpensive kitchen knife sets—they've long been a staple of late-night infomercials and homeware bargain bins alike—but top-quality cutlery is much harder to come by. These blades from Chelsea Miller Knives offer a rare mix of artful simplicity and rugged sturdiness equally at home in New… » 4/03/14 6:00pm 4/03/14 6:00pm