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As an industrial design student in the Philippines, where a fascination for blending form with function took hold. A multi-disciplinary path led me through metal sculpting and carpentry until 2017, when Balete Blades was born. Initially specializing in rugged bushcraft and combat knives, I was drawn to the call of culinary excellence - where artistic design meets everyday utility. My journey in knife-making has been one of continuous experimentation and growth.