Integral Damascus Utility (4-2/3") with Spalted Black and White Ebony
Product Description for Integral Damascus Utility (4-2/3") with Spalted Black and White Ebony
Maker: C. Luis Pina (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 97331
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 4.60 in.
Cutting edge length: 4.60 in.
Total length: 8.75 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.13 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.11 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.08 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.05 in.
Item weight: 4.00 oz.
Shipment weight: 5.0 oz.
Blade: Laddered Ws pattern damascus hand forged from 1080 and 15N20 carbon steels
Bolster: Integral damascus
Handle: Stabilized spalted black and white ebony
Description: Washington knifemaker, C. Luis Pina, is an exceptional bladesmith and specializes in kitchen knives. He apprenticed under Mastersmith David Lisch. David's eye for design clearly shines through Luis' work on this tremendous chef's utility knife. Additionally, Luis' past career as a chef provides him with a unique understanding of chef's knives.
In size, the Utility Knife is between a chef’s knife and a paring knife, but its blade is narrower and straighter. It's perfect for a multitude of small tasks where more precise cuts are needed, such as trimming broccoli, green beans, or other smaller vegetables. Some cooks like to use it in their hand, too—almost like a large paring knife. Others like its smaller size as an alternative to the chef’s knife. Its slightly curved belly enables it to do moderate rocking cuts. It’s nimble enough to peel an onion in hand, then slice it up in short order. Utility knives are sometimes called sandwich knives because they work well on almost everything that goes into a sandwich—from thin-skinned vegetables such as tomatoes, to meats and cheeses.
Luis began forging this integral utility knife beginning with 1080 and 15N20 carbon steels. The fine patterned damascus is immediately captivating and draws attention for closer examination. Because this knife is forged from carbon steels, we recommend camellia oil to avoid rust and oxidation. By forging closely to shape, he ensures optimal grain structure for a keen, long lasting edge. The blade is beautifully thin for clean, perfect cuts.
The handle is formed from stabilized spalted black and white ebony. The light toned wood ha dramatic dark spalting lines moving through the convoluted figure. It is nicely sculpted for a secure, comfortable grip - swelling at the palm, moving into a slimmer waist, and swelling again at the end of the handle. The stabilized wood will hold up beautifully to hard use, though this knife would feel at home in most any collection. Thin black G10 and cupronickel spacers assist the handle to adjust to temperature and humidity changes in the kitchen.
The bolster is fully integral to the blade, with the damascus pattern moving seamlessly from bolster to blade. This technique has superior structural integrity and requires a particularly talented smith.
Exceptional work throughout!
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