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Is there such a thing as an ugly knife?

I’m faced with a question: is beauty in the eye of the knife holder?

Let me explain how I arrived at this very philosophical question. While strolling the Internet for interesting tools, I came across the knife you see to the right. As you probably notice, it is a custom-made knife with a really “unique” design. There were some debates on a forum over how it looks.

This is my opinion alone, but I think the knife is absolutely ugly. I’m sure the knifemaker, whom I believe is Rich Derespina, put a lot of thought and care into it, but I still think it’s hideous (to be fair, Rich has also created a bunch of cool knives).

I’ve looked at a lot of knives in my day, and though I’ve never said it out loud, there are some knives I think are flat out grotesque. However, I’m sure there are people out there that think all knives (whether designed for practical uses or art) are a labor of craftsmanship. Each knife is a matter of taste and there will always be someone out there who thinks a knife is beautiful (even if it’s only the knifemaker).

So what side are you on? Is there such a thing as an ugly knife or are they all beautiful in their own right? (Here’s another “artistic” knife below to help you with your decision.)


Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at
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  1. Yes it is..whr can I buy it!!!

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