Chef's Knife (6-1/2 in) with Maple Burl and Desert Ironwood
Product Description for Chef's Knife (6-1/2 in) with Maple Burl and Desert Ironwood
Maker: Don Carlos Andrade (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 91897
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 6.50 in.
Total length: 11.75 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.60 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.08 in.
Item weight: 4.10 oz.
Shipment weight: 9.95 oz.
Blade: Hand forged, differentially heat treated, 52100 carbon steel with a triple quench
Bolster: Desert ironwood
Handle: Maple burl with Arizona desert ironwood accents
Description: This exceptional hand forged chef's knife is the creation of California artist Don Carlos Andrade. This light knife is influenced by Japanese knives -- both in construction and balance. The carbon steel blade will have exceptional edge holding, even under heavy use, though carbon steel knives do require slightly more care. We recommend using camellia oil after use to avoid rust.
The antiqued blade was forged to shape from 52100 carbon steel, arguably the very best steel for use in kitchen knives due to its toughness and superior edge retention. The blade has been distal tapered for optimal balance. Don forges closely to shape and uses a draw file for final shaping rather than a grinder. Though this takes a lot of time, the results are unique and exceptional. A differential heat treatment results in a soft, supportive spine with a hard, keen, long lasting edge. Three clear differential heat treating lines are visible in the blade.
The maple burl handle is Don's take on the traditional Japanese handle. The ambidextrous handle is rounded at the base and faceted on the top. A desert ironwood ferrule and accent bring in contrasting tones. The resulting knife is one that you won't want to put down. It is beautifully balanced! Exceptional work throughout.
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