10 July 2015 – French Savoir-Faire
A Break in Corsica, discovering the Ceccaldi cutlery
Time, intricacy and talent. All the expertise of the Ceccaldi cutlery is expressed in each of its creations. Whether it concerns a simple pocketknife or an exceptional piece, the quest for perfection defines the Ceccaldi family brand.
Personal objects are unique because they are created with local materials chosen by the client, the Corsican knife is designed to last for a longtime and to be used every day. Everyone should have one in their pocket, their bag and use it as a tool, cutlery during mealtimes… or even as a weapon. 30 years ago, while the hand made craft risked dying out with Paul Santoni, Jean Pierre Ceccaldi took it over and has managed to modernise the designs to the twenty-first century with original and stylish creations. Firstly set up in the Zoza family home, in the south of Corisca, the cutlery factory had to quickly find more space for its growing success and thus moved to Porticcio. It’s here that are all of the brand’s models are handcrafted, the “Curnicciulu”, the first penknife, but also the traditional ‘vendetta’ and other exceptional pieces. “We are between the world of knife art and experimental creation,” explained Jean Pierre Ceccaldi. The surfaces usually have beautiful moire effects. The materials are valuable, original mechanisms. It’s a real goldsmith work.”
Today, Sylvestre et Simon, the two sons of Ceccaldi, have taken over the buiness and have created a modern cutlery design, while still respecting their ethos and origins. The Ceccaldi house is also living heritage called Company (EPV), a true recognition for its craftsmanship and excellence of its creations. From the forgery where the blades and there are a choice of handles (wood, horn or even more precious materials), only the skills of the artisans can create exceptional pieces due to their mastery of fire, steel and gesture. For the more complex pieces, you must wait for about 15 hours for them to be made. ‘Time and abnegation, these are the essential qualities of a good cutlery designer’ added Jean Pierre Ceccaldi. To be successful in creating beautiful objects, we corrode the metal with a hammer, a forge and limestone…It doesn’t matter what type of knife we are making, every time we ensure that our core values are kept: authenticity, creativity and quality. These knives have life guaranteed.
Different types of wood are used to make each handle, after having been dried gently during for months. The ram horns are used for their raw appearance. Redressed then cooked in oil, they give a particular touch to the Ceccaldi knives, both natural and animalistic at the same time soft and powerful. Always looking for new inspirations, the factory works also with less traditional materials such a carbon fibre, aluminium, coloured bones or stabilised wood. For lovers of beautiful original pieces, the clients are not making a mistake: the Ceccaldi knives appeal to enthusiasts worldwide, and have started to be used by famous French chefs.