Chef's Knife with Maple and Amboyna Burl (6 1/2 in.)
Product Description for Chef's Knife with Maple and Amboyna Burl (6 1/2 in.)
Maker: Michael Rader, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 86881
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 6.50 in.
Total length: 11.25 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.75 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.05 in.
Item weight: 4.80 oz.
Blade: Marquenched, hand forged 52100 carbon steel for high performance edge retention
Bolster: Integral 52100 carbon steel with G10 and brass spacers
Handle: Maple burl with curly maple and amboyna burl accents
Description: Michael Rader, who was honored as a journeyman smith June 2006, is best known for creating dramatic swords and daggers with woodwork that is beyond compare. When he puts his attention to creating chef's knives, the results are exceptional.
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 long blade is needed for the sawing motion required to cut meat and vegetables and the slim profile keeps the weight low and the balance right.
The blade has been antiqued using Wayne Goddard's "mustard" protective finish. This attractive finish helps prevent rust and makes the knife easy to maintain. The blade and bolster are formed from 52100 carbon steel. Many knifemakers and collectors feel that this steel is among the best steels currently used for knives due to its exceptional edge holding and sharpness. The bolster is integral -- a technique that, while 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 maple and amboyna burl accents. By using stabilized woods, Michael is able to combine the beauty of natural wood with durability. This handle is particularly complex and shows Michael's woodworking skills at its best. Alternating brass and G10 spacers highlight warm tones in the natural wood. The knife has perfect balance and feels exceptional in the hand.
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