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“All of my knives are shaped bare-handed. I don’t use gloves so that I can feel the temperature of the steel,” says Adam Balkovic (@biltsharp), who makes handcrafted knives from a small shop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “I very rarely cut myself, but I burn my hands up every single day.”
Adam’s knife-making began as a hobby, inspired in part by his work as a cheese monger. “I got the urge to make a ten inch chef knife like the ones we used at the cheese shop,” Adam explains. “I mentioned it to my boss and he jokingly said, ‘No one does that. You can’t make your own knives.’ I slapped together an overly loud and dangerous homemade grinder, took a bar of