Primitive knife by Michele Daneluzzo for Del Ben

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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).

Primitive knife by Michele Daneluzzo for Del Ben

The implement is formed from one petal-shaped piece of steel, reminiscent of flint cutting utensils from the Stone Age.

Primitive knife by Michele Daneluzzo for Del Ben

"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.

Primitive knife by Michele Daneluzzo for Del Ben

Instead of a handle found on contemporary knives, a subtle ridge runs along the thicker top of the blade to aid grip.

Primitive knife by Michele Daneluzzo for Del Ben

The shape slims towards the front and bottom to create the sharp cutting edge.

Primitive knife by Michele Daneluzzo for Del Ben

The knife is available in polished or blasted steel and is stored upright on a pebble-like stand that comes included.

Primitive knife by Michele Daneluzzo for Del Ben

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.

Primitive knife by Michele Daneluzzo for 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.

Primitive knife by Michele Daneluzzo for Del Ben

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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