Israeli designers Ami Drach and Dov Ganchrow have combined the most ancient and modern of tools, taking stone blades and axes, and modifying them with modern techniques. This project, dubbed BC-AD, saw its most recent iteration at the 2012 Budapest Design Week, where the tools were shown off. Each lithic was individually three dimensionally scanned, and a perfectly fitting plastic handle was created to match ever strike point and depression on its body.
Earlier iterations of the BC-AD project saw the designers add latex grips to the "hand contact" area of the tools, as well as electroplating them in silver.
On the pair's website, they describe the project as:
"An investigative look at mans oldest and longest standing products — knapped stone tools. Several approaches realized here, technologically incorporated 3D scanning, rapid prototyping, latex dipping, and silver plating."
It's an incredible melding of ancient and modern techniques — and one that I desperately wish I could get my hands on. It's a fantastic contrast between old and new, between slick, modern lines, and ancient, functionally ragged ones.
[Spotted on BoingBoing]