Dog Boy Knives - artisan knives borne from a desire to create beautiful yet functional items from things that may otherwise end up in a rubbish heap.
DBK is Richard Cooper, who is happily working his brand of creative magic during his "spare time" in a backyard shed in Brompton SA. His knives can now be found in the kit of some of Adelaides best chefs such as Simon Bryant, Jock Zonfrillo, Nicolas Arriola and Jessie Spiby. Jock Zonfrillo's Blackwood Bistro also uses DBK steak knives.
Each knife is hand forged from high carbon steel, sourced from old discarded files, saws and mower blades. High carbon steel is perfect for creating knives; it is very hard and retains its edge long after milder steels have become blunt.
The different materials sourced result in the unique shape and function of each individual knife... forged by hand using traditional methods to create one-off, quirky creations.
Handles are also crafted from recycled product - Australian hardwoods and small offcuts of more exotic timbers from local sawmills are fastened with brass or stainless steel pins.
Being individually hand crafted, no two knives can be exactly the same making the perfect gift to a loved one or just for yourself.