ca. 1975 Robert Griffith Born: Berwick, Pennsylvania 1950 forge-welded and acid-etched Damascus steel 5 1/4 x 2 1/8 in. (13.5 x 5.3 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1975.152 Not currently on view
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Here, Robert Griffith applies Damascus steel, a material traditionally used for razor-sharp weaponry, to a pastry tool. He made the knife as a graduate student when he was only twenty-four years old. It is a functional tool: the jagged wheel is for cutting strips of dough and the hook is for trimming excess from around the edges of a pie. The swirling pattern seen here is the result of an acid bath, which eats away at the steel layers, leaving the iron intact.
Crafts - Metal
metal - steel