LesBar Knives was established in 2018 in Irpin (Ukraine) as a collaboration project of Oleh Lesuchevsky and Stan Baranovsky. Two friends have decided To join their efforts in making high-quality folding knives.
Oleh has been making knives since 1993. When he was 18, his stepfather decided to bring him into the family business. In that period, there were primarily fixed-blade hunting knives. After graduation from Kyiv State University in 2005, he tried to work as an economist, but after a short period, He returned to his stepfather’s shop to become a full-time knifemaker. One Day Oleh arrived at Stan’s shop to order a few silver parts for his new project and when the work has been completed, proposed to make knives together.
Stan is a third-generation bench jeweler. At 6 he began to learn the art of hand engraving. At 13, he began working as an apprentice to his father. After graduation from a local college, he moved to Los Angeles where he studiem jewelry design and worked as an antique restorer. Still, he always wanted To make knives. “I like fine mechanics. I always tried to implement it when making jewelry.”
After four years, he came back home and returned to the jewelry business, occasionally making knives for himself and his friends. But meeting with Oleh, he decided to abandon jewelry and focused on knifemaking.
“Each time we create a new knife, I consider it from an aesthetical point of view, Oleh cares about usability and function. I see knives as objects of art. For him, they are tools and weapons. We complement each other quite well.”