This 26-YO Emirati Is ‘Carving’ A Niche For Himself With His Ace Knife-Making Skills

by Deeplata Garde
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Ras Al Khaimah has carved his career out of something unique. Abdullah Al Ahmed has literally made his employment out of making knives. As unique as it sounds, this profession is something that is a niche business. Away from the outward distractions, it’s only him and his knife-making material in the workshop. The artisan is slowly rising to push his name to the top of the crafter list.

Emirati Knife-Maker Forging His Way To The Top

The knife-maker explored this side due to lockdowns and border constraints brought on by the outbreak. Mr Al Ahmed converted a room in his Al Rufa home into a studio. It was only a vision two years ago. Following his college graduation and in the face of a Covid-19-enforced world lockdown, Mr Al Ahmed picked up knife-making again. It was initially a past-time that sparked due to his father’s assortment of camping blades.

Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (Adihex) is a yearly event. The Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre has made its selection of knives its main draw.

Origin Of His Knife-Making Business


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Oryx Custom Knives, which began as a little investment of a few thousand dirhams, is now a fully developed business. He produced the logo, which is a modernist interpretation of the well-known antelope species indigenous to the Arabian Peninsula. From modest camping tools to cooking blades modelled after Japanese chef knives, he offers a variety of knife lines.
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He carved his most expensive knife out of Damascus steel. The swirling designs make it cost several thousand dirhams.

Mr Al Ahmed’s stall at Adihex had people glancing past mass-produced knives.

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  • An innovative damsel who lives in the moment is mostly found in a corner lost in the world of books. Deeplata Garde is all sass, a complete foodie but a fussy one, and wears her heart on her sleeve. Finding her solace around gushing shores she loves to immerse in sunsets on beaches.