A couple years ago I wrote an article for this magazine about Allen Elishewitz’s new phase of knifemaking. He had moved himself, shop and family to better environs, and dedicated himself to an artisan form of knifemaking: making all of his knives by hand or with manual tools, using no outside vendors and no CNC machining.
The new knives that emerged from this metamorphosis were part of the “Ruler” line, so called because each knife bore the name of a ruler or god in some language. These knives were not just beautiful, but breathtaking. And functional, of course, as you’d expect from a former Marine and long-time martial artist. His continuing additions to that line reaffirm his standing in the very top strata of his profession.