Blades of the Gods
Blades of the Gods was founded in 2009 by Bernhard Leiner and Thomas Samson because of their shared interest in cooking, in the art of knife making and the preservation of a 1100 year old Balinese tradition.
We searched many places for artisans who share our passion and are capable of the skills to craft extraordinary pieces. Meeting Empu Ketut Mudra and his family – master blacksmiths of the mystical Keris dagger – was destiny.
Ketut Mudra’s history and family tradition as well as their sincere and heartwarming friendship which developed over time, finally sparked the creation of “Blades of the Gods”.
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Tradition and craftsmanship
In Balinese culture, only those born into the exclusive Pande caste may forge the magically charged daggers, called Keris.
This sacred birthright is only one of the factors making the Keris so unique and precious. In early renderings the Keris already appear on the Borobudur and Prambanan Temples that date back to 850 A.D.
UNESCO titled the daggers a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity of Indonesia” in 2005, urging Indonesia to preserve their heritage.
At the end of 2012, Chef Chris Salans became Brand Ambassador for Blades of the Gods.