Fermosos, is a Spanish artist and knife maker. He was born in a village in the province of Jaén, Peal de Becerro in Southern Spain. He worked as a System Qualification Engineer in many Spanish towns and cities but spent most of his career in the financial and energy industries. After living all throughout Spain he settled in Orcera where he resides now. Fermosos has always liked working with his hands and spent much of his youth crafting models like ships and submarines, doing carpentry and even some leather work. He remembers repairing footballs for kids in his neighborhood and even sometimes making wrist straps. He started making knives in 2007 just out of personal interest and entertainment.
Fermosos is a completely self-taught knife maker who gathered all the knowledge that allows him to create exemplary knives right of the internet. “Sometimes things work just right on the first try, other times I have to repeat and repeat until things work the way I want, especially the treatment of steel, which is part study and part consistency,” he says. Fermosos used ready-made blades for his first knives because he had no machines to work steel back then, only hand tools like files and sandpaper. He eventually met blacksmith Ignacio Quesana in Orcera who gave him the opportunity to forge his own blades. Even though beveling blades with a file was a hard and slow job it gave Fermosos the opportunity to study the material and acquire knowledge about the geometry of cutting edges.
In 2012 Fermosos built his first own standing machine which, as he says, was not perfect but helped him to greatly improve his finishing skills as well as to increase the amount of knives he could make in a month. He bought his first forge and anvil (which he still uses today) in the same year. Further improvement took place in 2014 when Fermosos made a significant investment in a new workshop with professional devices for knife making enabling him to substantially increase the quality and quantity of his knife production. Fermosos uses different kinds of steel to craft his beautiful knives which range from ancient agricultural tools (such as plowshares) to modern stainless steels. He also makes his own Damascus steel. The handles are made out of natural materials from all around the world such as wood or horn and sometimes they are even decorated with beautiful scrimshaw art.