My name is Imre Palcsesz (a.k.a. Angelero). I am a knifemaker. I grew up in a little village in Szolnok county, Hungary, near the Hortobágy. I still live here and the close proximity of nature still determines my attitude to life. I graduated from secondary school in Debrecen and then I obtained a diploma in mechanical engineering in Budapest. I acquired expertise in metallurgy and gained insight into the fascinating world of steels. I have been manufacturing knives since 2006 and I prepare my blades full time in my own workshop. I am also one of the founders of the reestablished Knifemakers’ Guild and I have been participating in Hungarian and international knife exhibitions and trade fairs for years. My logo is a stork, and the letter “P” within is a reference to my name. This symbol represents to me the flora and fauna of the region that I got to learn and love in my childhood. As there are no master bladesmiths around, I learnt the craft on my own, relying on my creativity and perseverance and internet resources. Later I had the opportunity to gain invaluable insights into the work of the greatest Hungarian bladesmith masters and I absorbed the knowledge I saw and heard in their workshops like a sponge. I am immensely grateful to them for all their help and advice. Today I am one of the few bladesmiths who can create a knife on their own, from the first steps to the last, controlling all stages of work including the heat treatment. This way I eliminate most sources of errors. From the very beginnings I have been trying to add a personal touch to my knives, something that represents both the Client and myself. Yet I believe that it is the functionality that makes a knife and a blade must be affordable if the bladesmith seeks to find customers. In my view, these are still the most important aspects of the craft. I do not prepare barebone knives that may seem simple but feature fake functionality. My knives are pleasing to the eye and, at the same time, highly functional. When asked to describe my knives, I should say that I make more elaborate hunting knives of exclusive designs and lean knives of a more simple design for everyday use or bushcrafting. Through my career I have experimented with a number of shapes and materials. That my be the reason why I do not prefer only one shape or material when preparing knives. I always seek to craft products that will make my customers happy.