Sherif Manganas is an industrial designer getting ready to make a splash in the knife world, with back-to-back releases from Kubey According to Manganas himself, this incoming duo are the first of many more production knives.
Although Manganas comes from outside the knife world, he knows his makers and says the Velocé was inspired by one of his favorites. “I’ve always been a huge fan of functional art knives; Gustavo Cecchini being my penultimate knife idol. I wanted to create something both beautiful to look at but also be usable for all of my everyday EDC uses.”
Manganas took inspiration from automotive design when creating the Velocé
The Velocé is a large knife with a blade length of 3.94 inches; the drop point shape and forward finger choil give it plenty of utility and control, both of which are key elements in any everyday carry knife. The larger footprint also allowed Manganas to emphasize the artfulness that he admires in Cecchini’s work. “I brought in my taste in automotive styling – something I don’t feel I’ve seen in knives before – and sought to capture the moment a speeding blur passes in front of you; a supercar racing down the road.”
anganas made his entry into the knife world in 2019. A student of industrial design in general, he wants to bring some of the less tangible aspects of that discipline into his knife design work. “How does a thing feel, how does it sound, what kind of emotions does it instill in the user? These considerations are what make, for example, Ferrari that brand that everybody fantasizes about owning,” says Manganas. “I have been working to integrate my understanding of these factors and bring them to bear in the knife market to make knives that are both beautiful but hit all the right ‘feels,’ which will make you use that tool for life.”
Manganas has some major plans for 2021 and beyond, with an additional six models lined up with Kubey alone, not to mention collaborations with several custom makers. “I’ve been very blessed thus far with my work in the knife industry,” he says. “The community has been extremely supportive and the feedback overwhelmingly positive.”
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