Fantino, Elsa

What brought a young French women like me to knives and ironwork?Is it my childhood in a remote place of France, spending days in the woods with my pony and a knife, or because I was the lonely reader of too many adventure books? Is it because I found it to deadly boring to go to university or because I was seriously preferring the fishes to the tourists I was teaching scuba diving to? I always carried utility knives, I bought a Vendetta at 7 and it sure was a great companion when I used to hitch hick! What really got me was the sound of metal. I discovered practicing medieval sword fighting in a theater stunt company. Then I wanted more: more of the sound, more the feeling of the steel in my hand, I climbed a mountain, found an old cranky master and drop everything to dedicate my life to the art of forging. I was 22; it is more than 10 years ago now.I learned knivemaking all around workshops in France for a couple of years, and then I found an apprenticeship in wrought ironwork because forging was my call. I learned, and then I traveled the world for a very high hand French company, designing and installing gates and balustrades in palaces. I went to art school, and worked with some of the greatest interior designers. I learned how to find freedom of creation in restrictions of material needs, and that taught me a lot about knife designing. Meanwhile I built my workshop for when I would be ready, and I learned about myself on the mat. I won some titles in yoseikan budo, and then fought in kick boxing, I worked a lot in the USA where I seriously practiced MMA. When I got a national French title I thought I was ready to learn how to fight with a knife, I encountered Fred Perrin and started working with him. It took all that for me to dare showing my production. I want my knives practical and functional. For outdoors living or urban environment, for everyday carry, or for self defense, whatever the purpose of use they have to meet the needs. I forge a lot a second hand steel, for it has been the use in the smith trade for a long time when metal was rare. Car spring steal, old agricultural tools (carbon steel 5160, 1095, 1075), cables and chains for Damascus. I like to do with what I found, and I also like the different sections it comes into, allowing the use of wrought ironwork techniques. Very often I just try to underline the strong beauty of the steel itself, I like bare metal like a solemn landscape, temper lines like horizon, rainbows in titanium, I try to make elegant but efficient tools, and my style is what I call tactical chic.

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  1. Hand Forged Elephant Keychain
    Hand Forged Elephant Keychain
    By: Fantino, Elsa
    Date Added: 10/10/18
    Price: $175.00
  2. Skull Knuckle
    Skull Knuckle
    By: Fantino, Elsa
    Date Added: 07/23/18
    Price: $90.00 Sale Price: $80.00
  3. Panda Skull Keychain Knuckle
    Panda Skull Keychain Knuckle
    By: Fantino, Elsa
    Date Added: 06/19/18
    Price: $30.00
  4. Knuckle Duster
    Knuckle Duster
    By: Fantino, Elsa
    Date Added: 06/12/18
    Price: $30.00
  5. Stitched Mouth Skull
    Stitched Mouth Skull
    By: Fantino, Elsa
    Date Added: 05/30/18
    Price: $40.00
  6. Knuckle Duster
    Knuckle Duster
    By: Fantino, Elsa
    Date Added: 05/30/18
    Price: $30.00
  7. Gremlin Knuckle
    Gremlin Knuckle
    By: Fantino, Elsa
    Date Added: 05/23/18
    Price: $40.00
  8. Pendant Necklace w/ Hidden Spike
    Pendant Necklace w/ Hidden Spike
    By: Fantino, Elsa
    Date Added: 05/07/18
    Price: $200.00
  9. Small Dezingueur - Custom
    Small Dezingueur - Custom
    By: Fantino, Elsa
    Date Added: 05/01/18
    Price: $220.00
  10. Knuckle Duster
    Knuckle Duster
    By: Fantino, Elsa
    Date Added: 05/01/18
    Price: $30.00
  11. Skull Knuckle
    Skull Knuckle
    By: Fantino, Elsa
    Date Added: 04/03/18
    Price: $120.00
  12. Ti Skull Knuckle
    Ti Skull Knuckle
    By: Fantino, Elsa
    Date Added: 04/03/18
    Price: $75.00
  13. Knuckle Duster
    Knuckle Duster
    By: Fantino, Elsa
    Date Added: 03/28/18
    Price: $30.00
  14. Horned Skull Knuckle
    Horned Skull Knuckle
    By: Fantino, Elsa
    Date Added: 03/27/18
    Price: $40.00
  15. Skull Knuckle
    Skull Knuckle
    By: Fantino, Elsa
    Date Added: 03/19/18
    Price: $120.00

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