The Good Life: Fast cars, fancy knives and more

A Cut Above

The Ventana Azure (Below), retailing at $3,950, features a frame in Rhodium-plated nickel silver, inlaid with a pave of genuine sapphires, hand-set in nickel silver. The blade is hand-forged “Herring Bone” damascus by Rob Thomas, and the two-hand button lock is set with a sapphire.

A cut above

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind item, there’s the Spearpoint Universe (Right), which features a stainless steel frame, inlaid with Gibeon meteorite scales (a section of the Gibeon meteorite which fell in the desert of Namibia in prehistoric times), hand engraved with silver, copper, 24K gold, and inset white diamonds by Alex Ostrogradsky. The blade is hand-forged damascus by Robert Eggerling. The one-hand button lock and thumb stud are set with black diamonds. This knife retails for $35,000.
www.andythornal.com.

A cut above

The Andy Thornal Company, an outdoor equipment store in Winter Haven, sells luxury William Henry knives for adventure-seekers. The Monarch Sawtelle (Top) , retailing for $1,250, features a frame in 24K gold Koftgari (the ancient Indian technique of inlaying gold and/or sterling silver in tool-steel). The scale is in extra hard Desert Ironwood. The blade is hand-forged “raindrop” damascus steel. The one-hand button lock and the thumb-stud are set with citrines.

Tampa's Table

Every destination reveals its true self through food. Tampa’s Table: A Culinary Journey through Tampa Bay, showcases the unique, intricate mix of flavors and cultures that swirl together in the hip, urban heart of Florida’s Gulf coast. Within its pages, you’ll find articles by leading culinary experts and recipes from Tampa’s most iconic restaurants, as well as its newest. You’ll be immersed in the cultures of African-American, Cuban, Spanish, and Italian residents who settled here in the 19th Century, drawn in part by the booming cigar industry. And you’ll discover long-established classic dishes and find a trove of cutting-edge creations by some of the country’s most inventive chefs. $22.95 shop.visittampabay.com.

Living on the Fast Track

McLaren Automotive has a track-only version of its newest Ultimate Series model, the McLaren Senna. Unveiled at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, the McLaren Senna GTR Concept produces more power and torque than the road-legal McLaren Senna, and achieves the quickest McLaren lap times outside Formula 1. Expressions of interest were collected at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, and thereafter. Up to 75 examples will be hand-assembled in Woking, England this year.www.tampabay.mclaren.com

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