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Henri Mazelier: new series of incisive & urbane blades

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For Richard Mazelier, 2012 will be a cutting-edge year -- the year that this knife maker, the fourth generation of cutlers in his family, launches the first Henri Mazelier knife collection. All the knives in this premium collection were created by designer Cédric Ragot and are produced exclusively in Thiers.

In essence, regardless of its nature and content, a collection opens to the world, never to close again -- quite unlike the classic clasp knife, a stylistic and technical rite of passage for any master cutler worthy of the name.

Naturally, Henri Mazelier's debut knife collection includes a clasp model in its repertoire: Le Fermant de Table, a veritable oxymoron of the genre, with a design that cuts to the heart of the function by smoothing and softening the form. For this pocketknife transplanted to the dinner table, as for all the models in the Henri Mazelier collection, Cédric Ragot has created original designs inspired by the traditional Laguiole knife of southwestern France. At once distinctive and generic, it's a knife that has spawned an extended family, a tool known for its hard-tempered character.

"Simple yet beautiful, ancestral yet modern, it emanates an air of genuine grandeur" Ragot comments. A formal grandeur that the designer has captured with a well-honed contemporary sensibility.

The two cheese knives, Le Petit Couteau à Fromage and Le Grand Couteau à Fromage, embody what Ragot calls a "spare, pared-down Aveyron style, distilled to the essential." And he has endowed the two models with a unique magnetism that allows them to preside with elegance over the display and convivial serving of cheeses on a platter also designed by Cédric Ragot.

Lastly, the first Henri Mazelier collection unveils an exclusive model with no predecessor in the world of tableware: the sheath-capped Le Katana, conceived to offer an original form of protection, but also right at home in the dining room, alone, in a duo, or more as desired. Especially with its sheath that serves double duty as... a knife rest!

Following up on its debut collection of utility knives launched in 2012, today the young French cutlery house Henri Mazelier is adding a series of incisive, urbane blades, Hausmann, Tsuba and Legend, also designed by Cédric Ragot. With the same pared-down vision: from the pantry to the dining room, each model slices to the heart of the genre, challenging convention, reinventing practices and redefining the rituals. Through this decisive stroke, Henri Mazelier is contributing to a contemporary matériel, forged from the sharing instinct and esthetic references, honed on a new gustatory spirit.