Alessandra De Santis, knife enthusiast as long as she can remember, has started collecting knives since she was 14 years old. Her passion for knives led her to become author of technical reviews on production knives since 2012; she collaborates with Italian specialist magazines and owns Ultimate Knives & Gear website.
Alessandra's knowledge about steels and materials comes from her university studies (she has a degree in Industrial Chemistry, and a Master degree in Industrial Chemistry of polymeric materials). Alessandra is also a practitioner of FMA (Filipino Martial Arts) and she’s passionate about firearms and has the qualification for the construction, repair and sale of firearms, and the collector's license for cold weapons and ancient weapons.
Alessandra, after having gained years of experience in testing and reviewing knives, started in considering the knife design as a hobby in 2015, when she has drawn her first fixed blade knife, the Hecate, produced only in 2018 by Hydra Armaments, her family company that produces firearms devices for sporting, hunting and tactical uses.