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Fangblade by Stephan Alexandr

Exploring nostalgia and nature with hand-carved alligator jawbones

by Graham Hiemstra in Design on 22 May 2013

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Continuing his curious exploration of alternative uses for animal bones, Portland's Stephan Alexandr recently released his latest artistic creation—the Fangblade. Carved from alligator jawbones, the handy letter-openers still sport vestigial teeth to remind its user what the knife once was. While the bizarre look and feel initially drew the attention of many of us at CH HQ, the subsequent conversation about physical mail—when we received anything aside from a bill—kept us keen.

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Turns out, Alexandr had considered the question as well, deciding the nostalgia of times when mail actually came from family and friends would give the Fangblades enough reason to exist. "The Fangblades are meant to be a reminder of past times," Alexandr explained. "I didn't set out to make the world's most advanced letter opener by any means."

The low-tech tools can be found in a wide range of colors and finishes, with each unique one-off Fangblade selling for $65 from Stephan Alexandr online.

Images courtesy of Stephan Alexandr

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