Hello all. I do not know today’s 5 from the Grinder featured knifemaker, Alfredo Faccipieri, but he is the first European maker we have featured in 5ftG. At least to the best of my recollection. Frankly, I would love to feature more, so if you know someone please send them this link. Or, if you are a maker yourself, please visit the link and fill it out for yourself.
As I said, Alfredo is European, Italian to be more specific. He is the proprietor of Faccipieri Coltelli Artigianali, which my 7 years of Latin led me to correctly deduce is Faccipieri Artisanal Knives. He is not a man of too many words, as evidenced by his straight to the point answers, but frankly his knives speak a universal language which all our readers are certain to appreciate.
Please introduce yourself and let us know what led you to making/designing knives
I am a full time knifemaker. I make culinary knives. I like Japanese style knives but I try to put on them a little of Italian style.
What knifemaker(s) or designer(s) have had the biggest influence on you? Do you have any mentors?
My mentor is Denis Mura.
What is your favorite knife pattern or style from history?
I like yanagiba knives. I think they are very difficult to make.
What is the next big thing in knifemaking? / What direction do you see the industry going?
I think the use of new and modern steels.
Is there a knife from your lineup that you feel best exhibits who you are as a knifemaker/designer in terms of design elements, aesthetic or techniques used?