CANARY ISLAND KNIFE

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CANARY ISLAND KNIFE

from 245.00

Hand Forged exclusively and designed for ABRAGO by the Garcia blacksmith clan, preserving the tradition for more than 300 years

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CHAPTER OOO

  • 100% individually handmade
  • Stainless carbon steel blade forged and polished to a satin finish preserving the character of the cfratmanship
  • Handmade handle with individual pieces of bone, horn and metal and polished to a smooth finish
  • Artisan leather sheath 'vaina' included
  • Different sizes and collections (blade lengths excluding handle) - 6in, 6.7in, 8.3in, 9in

The ABRAGO Canary Island Knives carry the heritage, craftsmanship and integrity that has been passed down for generations unique to this part of the world. No two knives are alike, and no other knife in the world is made the same way or style.  We commit to maintain and protect this timeless tradition. These individually handcrafted knives will make great additions to:

  • Your next outdoor adventure 
  •  Among your collection of cutlery and blades
  • Your go to working knife
  • As letter openers
  • Art collection
  • Conversation piece on your office desk

We also make custom pieces in any requested size with silver & gold - a timeless piece. For custom orders please contact info@abragolife.com

THE LEGEND

The legend says that if you ever give away a Canary Island Knife, you should receive a coin in exchange as a symbol to always guarantee peace between parties.

 Canary Islander shepherd with knife - 1800s

Canary Islander shepherd with knife - 1800s

THE STORY

History dates the first usage of knives as tools to at least two and half million years ago. Many cultures mastered the art of blacksmithing from the original constructions from rock, bone and obsidian blades and attached spiritual and religious significance to the knife. However, there may be no stronger pride than the one that fills rural dwellers of the Atlantic in possessing a magnificent handcrafted Canary Island Knife. Exclusive to the single island of Gran Canaria, production never took place in the rest of the islands, mainland Spain, or the rest of the world.

An indispensable tool, used for centuries by the farmers for banana cropping, cutting agave leaves and fieldwork was also used as self defense in the harder years of the past. The knives forged of steel and elaborate handles of bone, horn and metal were built to last generations. The intricate designs of the handles and its manufacturing process are a symbol of beauty and craftsmanship at its best. The knives continue to be built without the knowledge of the term ‘disposable’. They are meant to be passed down from father to son, from friend to a loved one and to last a lifetime.

 

Fire and the strong hand of the blacksmith, shape the steel into submission. The result, a formidable semi flexible blade that gets sanded to a satin or mirror like finish. For the handles, bone and horn are cut into circles of different thickness and diameter, and these are then pierced in the center to be set into the tang of the knife blade. Everything is held together at the two ends by metal tips. Incisions are made in the circles of horn from different angles, and these are filled with pieces of metal of different colors. The work is finished off by polishing the assembled piece.

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There are not that many knife makers left, and only a few make it their full time profession. Even less is the number of those that are both the blacksmith and the knife handle artisan. That is why ABRAGO and Jesus Garcia have teamed up to continue the art of blacksmithing and handle craftsmanship under one clan roof. A way of life in the Garcia family for 5 generations, dating to more than 300 years (documented).

The CANARY ISLAND KNIFE journey came together from the travels through the Atlantic archipelago, a journey that will now continue with you.