Violet Astor X Savernake Knives

Violet Astor is a UK based artist who produces large and detailed charcoal drawings combined with natural materials found in the environment of her subjects. This is a collaboration between herself, conservation charity Tusk & Savernake Knives

“During a time when conservation of the natural world has never been more topical or important, it has been a pleasure to collaborate with Savernake Knives and TUSK to speak on behalf of the striking Grevy’s Zebra. A lesser known, yet, critically endangered species which represents the acute extremity of preservation issues. Having been the most affected of any African mammal by human behaviour due to issues such as habitat loss and hunting, this unique zebra’s survival on this planet is now up to us. My hope is for this knife to be enjoyed by food and wildlife enthusiasts in the fight to support the Grevy’s Zebra’s preservation.”

Violet Astor

Violet Astor is an incredibly talented artist who focuses her creative efforts on producing large-scale, life-like drawings using charcoal and natural materials found in the environment of the subjects she draws. Her passion is to travel to far-flung corners of the world in search of endangered species in order to raise awareness of their plight and funds for their survival through collaborations with conservation charities.

Violet taught herself how to draw whilst suffering and subsequently recovering from the effects of Lymes disease, as a therapeutic means of healing.

Image courtesy of cuatrok77

We are very excited to be collaborating with Violet and African wildlife charity Tusk to raise awareness of and funds for the Grevy’s zebra, the largest and most endangered species of zebra. Using our signature Savernake Knife model as a canvas, Violet drew inspiration from the unique and iconic striped pattern of the Grevy’s zebra to design an engraving for both sides of the blade. Just as the print on the animal’s body fades as it approaches the belly, so does the engraving, taking full advantage of the capabilities of our laser engraving machine.

The Grevy’s zebra is found in southern Ethiopia and, primarily, northern Kenya. According to Tusk, it has “undergone one of the most substantial reductions of range of any African mammal”, with habitat loss the main threat, forcing them to compete with other species for scarce resources. In Ethiopia, they are also extensively hunted for their skins.

Tusk has a long-standing partnership with Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya, which is home to 11% of the world’s Grevy’s zebra population. We will be donating 10% of each sale of Violet’s design to Tusk’s efforts in conserving the species.

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