I gotta say it
outright and without worry of how this sounds. But there is NOTHING on earth like eating
great food (or even a plate of chicken and waffles), with the
Bon Vivant collection. I can
say that without worrying that my head will explode since even I was totally amazed at the
experience the first time I tried out my design.
For years, when I'd go out to
eat either at a restaurant or at someone's house, I'd always find myself grumbling under
my breath since the meat was always wonderful, but the knives were like something they put
in a "Happy Meal".
I enjoy food
I'm a meat
eater and proud of it
but I always felt my carnivorous eating experience was somehow
short-changed by not having the proper "tools". I thought of pulling out one of
my own knives to cut away, but thought it was somehow rude or trailer park low-class to
whip out one of my blades and start slicing away.
So one day I decided that if I
created a knife and fork set that was so unique, unusual in design, and perfectly balanced
and functional, and I put it in a beautiful jeweled custom case
I could pull out the
case, take out the "works of art", and eat with class. People would be so taken
aback by this VERY unique approach to eating, that they could only see me as eccentric,
rather than someone who reads the Globe and believes every word.
Thus the Bon Vivant collection was born. Designing the actual knife and fork took a lot of
time. I wanted them to look striking, yet be completely functional. But more than that, I
wanted them to work so well, and be so balanced
the knife cutting so perfectly and
with such ease, and the fork feeling so good against your lips and tongue, that when
people saw me using them, I could offer them a set of their own, and after they too
experienced them, would understand why I carried my own personal cutlery!
The main purpose at first was
so that I could have a great time eating my favorite foods. But then it became an
obsession to perfect the feel and the balance. I realized that each knife and
fork would have to be specially balanced to fit whatever materials I decided to use for
the handles. It took a great deal of time
but WOW was it worth it.
I've made a few more sets for sale. I'll make some additional sets from time
to time, as I do with my Buffalo Bonsai set, as the mood hits me, and when I find the
right materials to compliment the steel. There is a very limited amount that I can make
for very special corporate gifts (see the Corporate
gift section), but for now
here's what I've made and put up for sale. These take
more time to form and balance than anything else I make
but believe me it's worth
it. Not only for the enjoyment your meal will suddenly take on
but for the looks of
amazement you will get when you pull out your own carrying case and start to dine to your