New Documentary films making knives by hand in Argentina

Gabriel Balanovsky directs the shot.

Gabriel Balanovsky directs the shot.

San Telmo Productions filmed the first part of what will be a feature length documentary about knife making in Argentina. The knife is an indispensable tool for the gaucho (Argentine cowboy), used both to work and to eat the huge cuts of meat the pampas are famous for. Long ago, most gauchos made their own knives by hand, and today a select group of artisans continue this art. Working in hidden workshops, they turn scrap metal into beautiful knives, all by hand. Collectors and chefs from all over the world prize these creations, and it is not uncommon for an Argentine to bring his own knife to an asado, or barbecue.

The first part of the documentary, which is executive produced by Gary Parker, will look at the making of a very special knife is litterally out of this world (details will be revealed in the film!)

Directed and produced by Gabriel Balanovsky, Photography by Jorge Crespo (winner of so many photography awards that I won´t list them here) and edited by Ginger Gentile.  Sound recording and post by Damián Montes Calabro. Filmed in HD.

Jorge Crespo films Guillermo making a knife

Jorge Crespo films Guillermo making a knife

Guillermo files down a knife.

Guillermo files down a knife.

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3 thoughts on “New Documentary films making knives by hand in Argentina

  1. Just dropping by. Btw, your website has great content! never knew that knife making was so big in Argentina!

  2. Loved the knifemaker, and knowing Argentina is a great place for knife making, but especially the gorgeous, sculptural intentsity of the knifemaker’s face! Looking forward to seeing the movie!

  3. has anyone ever heard of a Parantiai(?) criollo knife? I cant find any info.I have a nice bone handle w/ round pommel knife w/ what I think says Parantiai and then the name of a city I cant make out in Argentina.Any info is appreciated.Please email me @ duckshooter.76@gmail.com or Facebook message me @ David Jones Jr..I have a John Deere tractor as my pic.Thanks!

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