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Custom knivemaking


I first tackled making blades after practicing medieval sword fighting.

Blades soon fascinated me, I wanted to know their history and understand how they were made.


In the process of forging, I found, not only the physical exercise for which I have a vital need, but also a way to materialize my creativity, which I couldn’t exploit during my school years.

For me, forging became like practicing: an art in which the body is an essential tool. Without strength and energy, material can’t be transformed into objects.

Yves Pellequer, from the top of his mountain, allowed me to discover blade smithing. He is very pragmatic as far as knives are concerned: tools are scarce and simple in his workshop; he taught me how to make cutting tools with car springs, a forge, and “tree” wood. This angle of vision never left me, even if I had the chance to learn from craftsmen that got beyond the function of the object to turn it into art (jj Astier, atelier du lotus).

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For this work with few means, I keep the use of second hand materials. I love scrap, rust and chipped paint. Scrapyards display contemporary art pieces to me, which are grandiose, unrealistic, and magnificent.

Twisting and forging second hand objects often drives me toward shapes that my imagination wouldn’t have thought of.


Still in the « Cevenne » (a magnificent area of France) I was introduced to the magic of protohistorical metallurgy when Mr. Bargiel worked on his first furnaces: making steel with bricks, refractory clay, wind, charcoal, iron ore and friends (essential to the making of the precious ingot!) I also had the chance to follow Mr. Aranda in his furnaces experiments.


After travelling a lot and practicing water sports (scuba and sea rescuing) I turned to combat sports. I first thought it was just a way to unwind, then I understood that this new passion was linked to my interest for blades and weaponry, those two paths joined and fed from each other: the more I bloomed in the practice of martial arts, the more I found the same balance I had discovered forging, between creativity and physical involvement. It was also a way to express my real personality, fully and sincerely. Today’s society doesn’t give way to a woman that loves forging and the arts of fighting. Between Lara Croft and Mulan, there is a reality, very simple though hard to express. To find the right tone and show a sincere image that would not be a performed act, I felt the need to prove my legitimacy, and since I hadn’t followed a military or police carrier I turned to competition fights.


After a national title in contact karate, I judged I had enough experience to jump to the next step and I decided to meet Fred Perrin and I then learned to consider knives as weapons.

Fred has opened my very sporty practice of fighting to self-defense, of which I had had a spontaneous knowledge due to my numerous travels.

He taught me that whoever you are, sincere passion and interest towards weapons is enough to justify practicing the ways of using them. And also that each individual, with his unique experience and vision, brings a new light, a new angle to consider, and therefore, new solutions to explore. What I thought was a handicap became an asset.


The objects that I make nowadays, and the concept they are based upon, are the results of the vision I have developed practicing self-defense or using sharp tools in my everyday life.