The Italian Almanac

Nevio Toich

Italian News - May 17

In the town of Vicenza some might call Nevio Toich a Renaissance man, but to a select circle of enthusiasts and experts in Italy, hes known simply as a "coltellinaio" (knife maker). And a very good one at that.

I have been making knives, but not intensely, for about the last 40 years, he said. At one point, he and a partner had their own knife-making business, complete with a series of glossy catalogs featuring not only a variety of knives, but letter openers, corkscrews, bottle openers and nutcrackers. He sold the line off years ago, and now mostly makes knives for friends - and his own enjoyment.