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Why Yesterday's Doo-Doo Is Today's Objet D'art
One of the reasons I've been a knife nut as well as a gun nut for all these years is the ingenuity and artistry that craftsmen put into such a simple thing as a knife. The late Buster Warenski, who was an incomparable artist, was once commissioned to re-create a dagger that had been found in King Tut's tomb. In order to do so, he had to reinvent a gold-casting technique that had been lost for 5,000 years. The dagger, should its owner ever put it up for sale, will sell for over $1 million.
Now I find on one of my favorite websites, knifeart.com, a folder with mosaic Damascus blade and handle scales made of coprolite. This is what's known as an art knife (as opposed to a using knife) and carries a price of $3,600. The fellow who made it is one John Gustaffson. Now if you've gotten your head around all that, your next question should be, what is coprolite?
I thought you'd never ask. Coprolite is the scientific term for a fossilized turd. That's right. Doo-doo. Ca-ca. Poo-poo. Something that, had you lived 10,000 years ago, you would have been glad not to step in. Coprolites are terrific sources of information on what ancient critters, including man, ate, and DNA can even be gotten out of them.
And now, highly polished, one is an integral part of a work of art. In the future, we may have to say, "Excuse me, I have to go take a knife handle."