Damascus Chef's Knife with Maple Burl and Curly Koa (7 3/4 in.)
Product Description for Damascus Chef's Knife with Maple Burl and Curly Koa (7 3/4 in.)
Maker: Michael Rader, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 96917
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 7.75 in.
Cutting edge length: 7.60 in.
Total length: 12.40 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.90 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.11 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.09 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.04 in.
Item weight: 5.80 oz.
Shipment weight: 7.2 oz.
Blade: Damascus forged from 52100, 15N20 and 8660 steels
Bolster: Integral damascus
Handle: Maple burl with curly koa accents
Sheath: Ho wood saya
Description: Mastersmith Michael Rader is best known for creating dramatic swords and daggers as well as chef's knives. His wood work that is beyond compare. As shown in this chef's knife, his skill at the forge matches his skills with wood. This exquisite chef's knife was made by Michael in 2009, which he was a journeyman smith. It has been kept in a collection and has never been used to cut. By all appearances, Michael could have made it yesterday.
The European chef's knife (known as a gyuto in Japan) is well suited for use as a general purpose chef's knife -- from chopping, to slicing and dicing -- from fruits to vegetables and meats, the chef's knife is a great choice. The chef's knife is the primary knife in the kitchen. This one is sure to become the favorite in your kitchen.
Rader began by forging the integral blade to shape using his own damascus steel. By incorporating 8660 as well as 52100 and 15N20 carbon steels, Michael ensures a keen long lasting edge, as well as exceptional contrast. The resulting layers of steel form a convoluted, dramatic pattern that traverses the blade.
The bolster is integral -- a technique that, while relatively common in production knives, is very rare in handmade knives due to the difficulty of implementation. Like his hunting knives, this chef's knife was pre-tested for edge flex and cutting ability before assembly.
The handle is formed from maple burl with curly koa accents. A thin spacer formed from curly maple separates the woods. By using stabilized woods, Michael is able to combine the beauty of natural wood with durability. This knife will hold up well to the demands of either a home or commercial kitchen. Alternating brass and G10 spacers highlight warm tones in the natural wood. The knife has perfect balance and feels exceptional in the hand.
The knife is accompanied by a traditional ho wood saya to protect the blade.
Exceptional work throughout!
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