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OK, I’ll admit it. I am a romantic. There is something about the magic of old fashion ‘snail-mail’, as it’s now referred to in our instant electronic age, that cannot be replicated in an email or a telephonic text message. Whether coupled with the anticipation of the postal worker delivery, or simply a delicious random surprise, there is something in the weight of an enveloped letter arriving from afar that means something rather special. Then there are the physical details – the texture of the paper, be it matt, or gloss, rough faced or smooth – perhaps the attached smell of its place of origin or of its journey.

The opening of an envelope can be granted its own small ritual. It is for that reason that I feel no well-appointed desk should be without the appropriate tool to deal with the task. I have a few of them in my collection. Mostly strikingly modern versions, of course. But I find none of them have the sheer dramatic cutting power that lasts, than this example here.

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Designed by Mr. Larry Peh, Creative Director of the graphic design house &Larry, this simple, aerodynamic form, is made from pure stainless steel. Mr Peh himself mentions that he wanted a gift for friends or associates around the world and that the piece was also inspired by the knife designed by Jean Prouvé – though in Mr. Peh’s case his knife works for both left and right handed users. The subtle kink in the length means that one has the perfect grip on the object when put into action. The cut is sharp and direct. No catching on the envelope seal. Called ‘Paper Cut’, it is offered as the perfect gift to others, or oneself, in what appears at first to be a slim block of concrete. A matt pale grey box. Stationery perfection.

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- Albano

 

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