In the Cut

An American soldier on tour in Iraq was carrying one of Kikuo Matsuda’s tactical knives when a sniper shot him. The hard steel—Matsuda is known for his use of rare steels like OU31 and D2 that he sharpens with a secret grinding process—blocked the bullet, saving the soldier’s life. “The exotic steels he uses are […]

Design Seen: King Blade

HAWAII When Gregg Salter sought a blade for this one-of-a-kind kitchen knife, the Big Island–based craftsman commissioned Japan’s Kikuo Matsuda, whose knives are carried by tactical teams. “The exotic steels he uses are so strong and durable that you could cut through a car door and then shave your face with one of his knives,” […]

Robb Design Portfolio: Made to Treasure

For its new line of tableware, Italian fashion house Stefano Ricci (212.371.3901, applied the same attention to detail and artisan craftsmanship that it bestows on its sartorial goods. Like its clothing and accessories, Stefano Ricci’s Royal Suite collection of china, flatware, and tabletop accoutrements—conceived three years ago but introduced just last year as a […]