San Francisco | March 24, 2015 9:00 am

Get Yer Custom Switchblade Here

Handy tools that double as works of art

By The Editors

Knives. Most men love them.

They’re simple. Purposeful.

They beg to be used, and skillfully.

And we hold it as axiomatic that any man in possession of a knife is somehow cooler, even if that man is Steven Seagal.

That’s why, when it comes to knives, we’re compelled to recommend the handiwork of Nick Potash, a talented local artist who makes custom knives (and assorted manly gewgaws).

You might have seen Nick’s work at Fiat Lux on Church Street — it’s the city’s best jewelry shop, conveniently located next to the city’s best pie shop.

Potash, a sculptor, jeweler and motorcycle rider, isn’t your run-of-the-mill knifemaker.

His knives are works of art.

Incredibly stylish and hand-engraved with dragons, clasped hands and the occasional naked lady.

If you’re not in the market for a knife, take a look at his Zippo lighters (this one is a tribute to the trench art of the two World Wars and Vietnam), “sacred serpent” key fobs and motorcycle parts.

Get in touch to put in a commission for your own switchblade.

This summer’s tree branches won’t whittle themselves.