How did you come to learn your trade?
My father-in-law hailed from a 150-year tradition of making pocket knives, which carried the Csatári-Tarjányi family name. Today, the knives I make are still made according to the same age-old customs, everything is made by hand using the tools I inherited from him. The only difference is today I stamp my product with my name.
Which work brings you the most pride?
Most definitely my fish knives. I craft these unique pieces with the handle in the shape of a fish. This particular work of mine speaks to the local fishing tradition. The symbol of the fish is also engraved in the handle and is celebrated among local religions as a sign of peace. They are one-of-a-kind.
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What materials do you use in their making?
My blades are made out of rust-free metal to ensure their longevity. For the handles, I use a variety of materials from deer antlers to bull horns and different types of wood from walnut to wenge, which is a type of timber.
What makes your knives unique?
You will rarely find handmade pocket knives these days, which of course makes them a singular gift. But more importantly, perhaps, it is the blades that make these knives exclusive. You can buy factory-made versions, but often you will find that the sharpness of the blade does not compete with my hand finished version.