Crow Peck Scalpel

Posted: April 23, 2022
Crow Peck Scalpel
$66 - $147
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Australian bladesmith and functional artist Ant Richards created the Crow Peck Scalpel as a tribute to, and partial transformation of, the classic No. 11 Scalpel "used by design creatives the world over." His version takes elements of another knife he's made in the past, the Pikal, employing a reversed edge and serrations on the Crow Peck's head and handle. It's a very cool little scalpel.

Even cooler: I figured the Crow Peck Scalpel was named such because a peck from a crow would indeed create a sharp and precise incision into a piece of papercraft or, if you've seen The Birds, a piece of human skin. But then I Googled the term and learned that "crow peck" is an Australian term for "a hard and sharp rap on the skull with the knuckle of a bent pointer finger, a typical bullying practice." And I was like, "Ha! I didn't know that was what it was called, but I used to do that to my cousin Brian! And sometimes still to my friend Cornelius!" And now, the next time I use this bullying practice, I'll know exactly what it's called, and be able to yell, "Crow Peck!" after I knock Cornelius one.

The Crow Peck Scalpel is machined from a single billet of D2 tool steel, and is about 5.3" long, with a 1.1" long scalpel head. Total weight is just over 1.2 ounces. As part of his Kickstarter campaign, Richards is also offering handmade versions of the Crow Peck Scalpel, which will be flat ground from premium stainless steel. The campaign runs through April 30, 2022.

Muchas danke to The Awesomer.

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