The story of British-born chef Ryan Clift is a remarkable one: He started working in a restaurant at the age of 14 and now helms several restaurants, including Tippling Club, which has been coined one of the best restaurants in Singapore. Naturally, Ryan’s series of knives – called Damascus Steel – is just as impressive. These knives were forged in Bali by keris makers Blades of the Gods, and made in Germany by knife manufacturer Windmuehlenmesser.
Image: Blade of the Gods
Blades of the Gods are a group of ninth-generation blacksmiths led by Empu Ketut Mudra, one of the last blacksmiths able to forge this cultural treasure. In Balinese culture, only those born into the Pande caste may forge the keris. The keris is a dagger that can be used as a weapon, spiritual object, and a display of art.
The swirl patterns you see — which are created when the forger folds iron and nickel over teak charcoal — are called pamor beras membah (Indonesian for rice and water). It is said that blades bearing this pattern are charmed, and its owners will never go hungry.
Lastly, the handles are made out of Irang wood and features sand-blasted white bronze application.
The set includes paring and steak knives.
FIND THE DAMASCUS STEEL KNIVES AT TIPPLING CLUB AND ONLINE AT WWW.BLADESOFTHEGODS.COM.