Announcement   In honour to an archetypal love of beautiful things, made by hand and by cunning, with a pristine and low-tech approach to production

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Last updated on Dec 4, 2017

In honour to an archetypal love of beautiful things, made by hand and by cunning, with a pristine and low-tech approach to production

Philipp Kirschfink

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Sustainable & Low-tech Gear

The idea is to produce sustainable gear for conscious dwellers and outdoor explorers; to satisfy an archetypal love of beautiful things, made by hand and by cunning. A pristine and low-tech approach to production, where respect and rhythm challenge the linearity of machines.

I'm proud to present you with a vast array of items from whatever tool that requires a fine edge to wooden bike parts, kitchen utensils and outdoor gear.

Philosophy:

"Not satisfied with a literal reading of the world, but hoping to reveal and bring forward, like a metaphor, new and old meanings to the existing world. Learning from the flight of Icarus to avoid the faustian hubris of modern technology and trying to go back to a time when it was not technology alone that bore the name techné, a time in which the term included and honored both craftsmanship and the fine arts; that is, ‘poiesis’."

Principles.

- Traditional Tools: This tools are more efficient than primitive tools, more widely distributed than industrial ones, and by their design, they rule out certain levels of power, mainly bureaucracy and expertocracy, and can be locally mantained.

- Traditional Techniques: To develop skills and educate the hands, keep ancient lore alive and achieve levels of quality which are becoming rare in the age of mass production. For example, all tools are hardened after sunset to properly gouge the temperatures and assure a fine crystalline structure of the steel; an invisible quality that the hands of a craftsman will nonetheless quickly notice and cherish.

- Recycled Materials: Most of the wood is either recycled or harvested from dead branches/trees and metals mostly salvaged from old tools.

- Handmade: All creations are made and powered by hand or foot-power, only rarely are motors used, to keep the body strong and the mind in a silent and meditative environment.

- Zero Waste Goal: Wood shavings become kindling for the forge or workshop stove, left over logs from carving are inoculated for mushroom cultivation, old tools become new blades, incoming packaging becomes outgoing packaging; I strive as much as possible to up-cycle materials in a constant loop. I can proudly say that there is virtually no landfill produced at my workshop.

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  • Philipp Kirschfink

    Owner, Craftsman, Blacksmith

    Designer & Bladesmith. From a background of low-tech and philosophy studies, I moved to applying these approaches to craftsmanship. Honouring traditions, but with an innovative twist; I'll be forever lost in the quest for the perfect edge.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 4, 2018
Welcome to a place where products are still produced by the hands of single craftsman aiming to achieve the highest quality.

You can purchase sustainable gear with the quality and safety you would expect from an old fashioned neighbourhood store.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 21 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Guaranteed quality and customer satisfaction are at the heart of my endeavours. If you have any problem, please contact me.

You can return any unspoiled item within 14 days and I will refund its cost upon its safe arrival. I can't refund the original, nor the return, shipping costs.

The responsibility for damage or loss of a parcel falls upon the buyer or carrier, depending on the buyers choice of shipping.
Payment
When completing a purchase you are protected and agree upon the terms here outlined. Upon receipt of payment your order will be processed and shipped promptly.
Shipping
I ship items once or twice a week, packed carefully with as much recycled materials as possible. It takes 2-5 days to ship any item on stock.

Items made to order depend on the workload, waiting list is usually 1-2 weeks. Crafting quality takes time, and no shortcuts are taken!

If you have any hurry with your order, please contact me beforehand or leave a note at the comment section.

Shipping options available at checkout:

Postal (cost <5€): small/inexpensive items, reliable, but no tracking/insurance
Tracked (cost 5-9€): tracked and insured up to 50€ (recommended)
Expedited (cost 21€): small items 48hr worldwide delivery

When marked as shipped you can expect the following delivery times:

1-2 days - The Netherlands
2-4 days - Mainland Europe
2-5 days - United Kingdom
6-10 days - United States
8-12 days - Australia and other overseas countries.

Custom duties are responsibility of the buyer! As far as I know the US has a very high threshold (800$) for duty free importing, but every country is different; check your local rules to avoid surprises.
Additional policies and FAQs
Knives of all kinds are sold only to individuals above 18 years of age.
Privacy
I store your name and address for my tax administration as legally required and obviously share this information with the postal services when making a label. As a safety line for trouble-shooting, I also add your e-mail to the shipping label, though this is not mandatory and you can opt out at your own risk.

Neither the postal services, nor myself, use your information for any other purpose than a safe delivery; and you will only be contacted for order related issues, and not commercials of any kind. I don't have a mailing list, nor would I add anybody without their consent.

Sleep tight, your digital privacy is safe with me!