Idea & Philosophy

What could be nicer and more satisfying than handcrafting fine, everyday objects that bring joy every day and last for generations!

Welcome to Fetting Knives!

As a trained graphic designer with a strong inclination towards manual work, I started building knives by hand in 2015.

Maybe the ephemeral nature of today's advertising world in the Internet age is partly to blame for my wanting to create beautiful objects for everyday use that are everlasting. Unique pieces that bear my signature and accompany us when we spend time in nature and connect with it.

The knife has always been a special object for the owner, which went beyond the pure function as a cutting tool, so they were richly decorated and built with noble materials, since they were considered non-seizable possessions.

A knife is probably the most versatile tool that man has created, it makes us independent in nature. An aspect that is gaining importance again nowadays, when people are increasingly looking for a retreat from everyday life into nature.

Bob Loveless put it very aptly:

"When a man picks up a knife, there's an old memory from the collective unconscious that surfaces. A knife is an atavistic experience. It was man's first tool and weapon. Man was chipping flint into cutting edges before he invented the wheel. No matter how sophisticated we become, a knife takes us back to the cave."

Each knife is unique and only the best materials such as sambar deer, mammoth ivory, Turkish walnut root wood, ship's bronze and similar are used.

The steel comes from Achim Wirtz, guarantor for the highest quality, all materials such as fiber, micarta, copper, bronze etc. are "Made in Germany" or "Tufnol" from the UK.

Almost all work steps are only carried out with files and emery paper.

Apart from micarta or tufnol, I try to make my knives exclusively with natural materials, the handles are mostly made of sambar, mammoth ivory, buffalo horn, leather, precious woods, brass, ship's bronze, iron or nickel silver are used as hand guards.

Tufnol "Whale" is a laminated fabric of British origin that has been used for blocks and rolls on traditional sailing ships since the 1940s. It is also used for screw shaft and rudder bearings. This material is very robust and resistant and has a direct relationship with the sea.

The logo

As a friend of the sea and coast, I chose the anchor as the logo. The anchor is a symbol of trust and confidence.

I owe my first stamp to Rodrigo Mulero of, who made it with the curator of the Mallorcan Cathedral.

Meanwhile, my logos are etched because this method allows for exact placement.

Why Hamburg? Because I was born and raised in Hamburg and I love this city (the most beautiful in the world ;)) and the north!

The horizontal logo will be used in the future on the spine or tang of damascus blades or small blades as well.