In the early 20th century there was a significant change in some of the world’s most powerful countries. One of the most overlooked changes was in the county of Portugal.
This country, being one of the most dominant kingdoms and colonizers of the western world, had fallen on hard times – due to an abundance of political turmoil throughout the early to mid-20th century. Shortly after WWI there were a series of civil wars and revolutions, under the lack of a well establish monarchy.
While the history is unique and intriguing, the clashes caused come political conflict within Portugal’s foreign affairs. With quick changes in religious and political affiliations, many European countries cut ties with Portugal, until their political upheaval was settled. This led to Portugal becoming a relatively isolated country.
Because of this isolation, some technology changed gradually and became uniquely Portuguese. Various foods shared some commonality with other nearby countries but began to develop in a slightly different way than their European counterparts.
One industry that also changed was the knife industry.
Meaning ‘Operator’ in Portuguese, this knife and style has remained relatively unchanged in over 100 years. It would not be uncommon to witness someone handling an Operario knife during the Great War – or any of the Portuguese revolutions – to cut their meal or peel a fruit. This knife is truly a classic and currently comes in several different blade choices.
I have had the chance to play around with MAM knives at each of the last 2 SHOT Shows. His booth is right outside the Media Lounge. Simple, well made, everyday folders. Think an Opinel with a Liner Lock.View Linked Article