YANNICK EPIARD forged his first knife at the age of 11 from a simple piece of steel, and forged his first blades at the age of 17. The passion for knives and blacksmithing has accompanied him... know more
YANNICK EPIARD forged his first knife at the age of 11 from a simple piece of steel, and forged his first blades at the age of 17. The passion for knives and blacksmithing has accompanied him throughout his childhood. He learned the trade as an autodidact; He deepened his talent and knowledge in traditional, medieval techniques and developed complex damask structures, the metallurgical compositions of which he adapted to the respective needs. Today his specialty is knives with medieval roots.
In a publication by the Museum of London, he discovers an archaeological find near a cathedral in London which, with the help of dendrochronological analysis, was dated to the late 13th century. This find is a sensation because knives from this period are extremely rare and blades and handles are mostly destroyed by being stored in the ground. However, this knife has been preserved and has the breathtaking lines and perfect elegance of high Gothic. For PassionFrance® he made it with hand-forged blades made of carbon steel with a rough forged surface in the upper blade area, what is called "brut de forge" in France.