Pastry Knife

  • Robert Griffith, Pastry Knife, ca. 1975, steel, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1975.152

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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.

Title
Pastry Knife
Artists
Date
ca. 1975
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
5 1/4 x 2 1/8 in. (13.5 x 5.3 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Classifications
Object Number
1975.152
Palette
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