Big Black Bear – a fascinating creation from “CAS knives”

Argentine knife maker Claudio Sobral from the company “CAS knives” In recent years, attracted the attention of the general public with its interesting knives with a fixed blade. To celebrate the occasion of the Blade Show awards, Claudio also spoke about his plans for further development and options for cooperation.

If speak about “CAS knives” in simple terms, they are famous for making large knives with fixed blades. “We prefer to make large bowie type knives or classic survival knives,” explains Sobral. However, even a superficial glance at his creations shows that matters are not limited to simply copying basic samples with easy refinement. Claudio Sobral’s style is a combination of classic forms of blades like Bowie or some kind of cutting knives, with radical new lines, meticulous finishing and polishing. Their recent creation is Big black bear, In full, it demonstrates the designer’s demanding smooth lines, curved handles and glittering steel. These are still convenient and effective tools, however extremely unusually executed. Says Sobral – “We want people to recognize our knives, even without seeing the logo of our company.”

The second proprietary feature of knives from “CAS knives” – blade material. It is unlikely that you will see their creations made of some super-modern steel. Sobral prefers to work with Damascus steel and San Mai steel. “Seriously, we are not making knives from standard materials. If you already undertake such work, then try to use a unique material. ” In addition, according to Sobral, Damascus steel, San Mai and 1095 carbon steel are much better suited for jewelry, which is why they are used even in his most expensive knives.

Last year, Sobral won an award in collaboration with Javier Vogt, and this time he won 2 awards with Sam Lurkin. “Blade Show”, including first prize. Claudio plans to work with someone at least once a year, and he already has such partnerships until 2018. True, he does not share information about his future partners. As for simple cooperation, it does not negate such an opportunity. “I have never done this before. Why not?”

Claudio and his brother Ariel devoted 14 years to making knives from beginning to end. Selling them to friends and acquaintances, as well as at local craft fairs, gradually gaining fame. “With the Internet, everything has become much easier. Our knives became much more popular, and then they went international, ”recalls Sobral.

In 2013 they were joined by younger brother Marco, who was engaged in the manufacture of leather sheath. “We like to do everything on our own, without relying on outsourcing and someone’s help.” In addition, Sobral states that they do not plan to move away from the concept of knives with fixed blades. “We barely keep up with orders. Until 2018, almost everything is painted. Although we certainly have time to come up with something new. “

Price of blades “CAS knives” depends on the model. Big black bear, for example, it costs about 1,200 dollars.

More specific information about Big black bear. Blade length – 12 inches, full length – 18 inches. In a wide sale practically does not occur – custom manufacturing, also sheath will decorate according to your desire. The thing is impressive, of course, but there is still more of a showdown than functionality. Although these comrades all knives from 700 bucks at least.

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