One of our favorite UK artisans, David Mellor, was known for the "voluptuous simplicity" of his cutlery designs, according to his obituary in The Guardian. Mellor, who died a little more than a year ago at age 78, studied at the Royal College of Art and in Scandinavia and was "the outstanding British flatware designer of the last century. He was also a rare example of the talented, committed craftsman technocrat-entrepreneur who knew as much about manufacturing as he did about the more superficial aspects of design." Mellor made it possible to collect his work one piece at a time (his lines are in continuous production), and his prices are not as punishing as one might expect.
Above: David Mellor's son, Corin, is carrying on the family tradition; his first line of knives includes this high-carbon stainless-steel Carving Set with acetal resin handles, packaged in a birchwood box with a sliding lid and comprising a two-pronged fork, a medium ground sharpening steel, and a carving knife; £148 at David Mellor in the UK. In the US, the pieces can be purchased individually at Didrik's; the David Mellor Carving Fork is $81, the David Mellor Sharpening Steel is $109, and the David Mellor Carving Knife is $79.