Chef's Knife (Santoku) with African Blackwood and Mokume (5.8")
Product Description for Chef's Knife (Santoku) with African Blackwood and Mokume (5.8")
Maker: Bill Burke, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 92494
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 5.80 in.
Total length: 10.30 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.80 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.08 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.06 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.02 in.
Item weight: 5.20 oz.
Blade: Hand forged, differentially heat treated 52100 carbon steel with a triple temper and triple quench
Bolster: Mokume gane forged from copper and nickel silver
Handle: Presentation grade African blackwood set on a distal tapered full tang with stainless steel pins
Description: Mastersmith Bill Burke's chef's knives are among the highest performing cutlery found anywhere. His heat treatment technique, combined with his choice of steel, results in edge holding that is far beyond other knives. This is a knife that you won't want to put down.
The santoku is the traditional general purpose chef's knife used in Japan. This comfortable design is a fantastic multipurpose chopper. The Santoku style has quickly become the new favorite for chefs in the West. The gentle arch of the cutting edge is perfect for a rocking chopping motion with plenty of finger clearance over a cutting board. This chef's knife is a perfect choice for detail-oriented tasks such as chopping garlic, mincing shallots, and the like.
The blade was hand forged from premium 52100 carbon steel. Many knifemakers and users feel that 52100 is among the best, if not the best steel currently used for knifemaking. The blade is triple quenched and triple tempered for optimal edge holding and durability. A differential heat treatment line is clearly visible in the blade and shows the transition between the soft supportive spine and keen, hard cutting edge.
Like his hunting knives, this chef's knife was pre-tested for edge flex and cutting ability before assembly. The heat treatment followed the formulas developed in conjunction with Mastersmith Ed Fowler and creates some of the sharpest and most long lasting edges found anywhere.
The handle is formed from presentation grade African blackwood. This dark toned wood is a nice contrast to the mokume gane bolsters. The bolsters are slightly offset from each other. While this does not affect performance in any way, we have adjusted the price to reflect this (making this a particularly good deal on a Bill Burke knife!). The handle is nicely carved to swell toward the front of the handle, move into a slimmer waist and finally to swell again at the beak at the end of the handle. The knife has perfect balance and feels exceptional in the hand.
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