Primitive knife by Michele Daneluzzo for Del Ben
Product news: Italian designer Michele Daneluzzo took inspiration from tools used by early humans when designing this stainless steel knife (+ slideshow).
The implement is formed from one petal-shaped piece of steel, reminiscent of flint cutting utensils from the Stone Age.
"The project analyses the different aspects of the intrinsic relationship between mankind and design, proposing to the modern culture a forgotten tool," Daneluzzo told Dezeen.
Instead of a handle found on contemporary knives, a subtle ridge runs along the thicker top of the blade to aid grip.
The shape slims towards the front and bottom to create the sharp cutting edge.
The knife is available in polished or blasted steel and is stored upright on a pebble-like stand that comes included.
Daneluzzo developed the product while studying at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and it is currently in production with Italian cutlery brand Del Ben.
It was launched at the Ambiente trade fair in Frankfurt earlier the year, where pans with hooks instead of handles by Karim Rashid were also unveiled.
We've featured quite a few stories about unusual cutlery, such as a set designed to stimulate all five senses and a range modelled on workshop tools.
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