The Birth of a Knife
Posted by F. lli Lorenzi

Pocket knives and, in general, short blades were historically born for specific working requirements and, since the very beginning, were conceived to be used in battle or for social acknowledgement. Today old traditions are often re-interpreted by very skilled craftsmen who are able to create high-quality precious objects using new materials and finishing.

One of these amazing artisans is Attilio “Atti” Morotti whom Fratelli Lorenzi are very proud to have met. Born in Bergamo in 1957, he lives in a little town in the province of Bergamo located at the beginning of Val Seriana.

He finishes creating his first knife on 13th December 2002 and continues the manufacturing of fixed knives for more or less one year before taking up the folding knives “experience”. He manages to make folding knives of acknowledged quality thanks to which, on 2nd June 2007, he is awarded the title of ““Maestro della Corporazione Italiana Coltellinai” (Master of the Italian Cutlery Association).

Attilio “Atti” Morotti starts his working phases by literally drawing and designing simple sketches of knives’ shapes on paper, which are subsequently improved, completed and finally transferred in every detail and measure, with the utmost care, on tracing paper. On request he may also copy his client’s design. The types of steel he uses are mainly RWL 34, stainless Damascus and carbon Damascus. For the scales are employed all natural materials like mother-of-pearl, bone, horn or stabilized woods etc., or else composite materials that are specifically created, such as carbon fibre or blue glass and grey, charcoal grey, golden or multi-coloured fibre. To guarantee a true artisan manufacture, the use of machinery is minimized and this allows every single piece to be as unique as possible.

At F.lli Lorenzi’s you can design and realize your “own personal knife” by choosing among over one thousand items which vary in shape, finishing and material.

Fratelli Lorenzi, present in Milan since 1919, have always cared about Italian excellence. They offer unique, precious hand-made items. During the economic boom and the generational change of the Sixties, the Lorenzi family widens the range of products and turns from a simple grinding shop into a business trading high-quality and handmade articles for everyday use.

Still today, we provide the best artisan kitchen cutlery productions for both collection and leisure time, carefully hand made with natural materials respecting the environment.

The shop offers altogether more than 5,000 references among kitchen, sports and collection cutlery; personal care products (razors, shaving creams, perfumes, manicure, mirrors and alike); special items such as limited series of lighters, face creams created through DNA test and tailor-made articles like umbrellas) with finishing in natural materials (mother-of-pearl, precious woods, natural horns, - bovine, buffalo, deer, roe).