Santoku with Myrtle Burl (7 1/8")
Product Description for Santoku with Myrtle Burl (7 1/8")
Maker: Bill Burke, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 87049
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 7.13 in.
Total length: 11.75 in.
Blade height (at heel): 2.22 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.11 in.
Item weight: 6.75 oz.
Blade: Hon warikomi blade combining a 52100 carbon steel core with 416 stainless steel sides
Bolster: Mokume gane
Handle: Stabilized myrtle burl
Description: Bill Burke, who was honored as a Master Smith June 2008, is best known for creating some of the best hunters that can be found anywhere. Over the last few years, he also put his attention to creating a small number of chef's knives. The results are exceptional.
The santoku is the traditional Japanese chef's knife. This comfortable design is a fantastic multipurpose chopper. The santoku has quickly become the new favorite for chefs in the West.
The blade was hand forged in a technique known as hon warikomi. This modification of san mai (three layers) forges stainless steel to the sides of a carbon steel blade. The result is the exceptional edge holding of carbon steel with significantly easier care. The transition line between stainless steel and carbon steel is exceptionally dramatic.
Like his hunting knives, this santoku was pre-tested for edge flex and cutting ability before assembly. The heat treatment followed the formulas developed by Mastersmith Ed Fowler in conjunction with Bill and has been proven to create some of the sharpest and most long lasting edges found anywhere.
A mokume gane habaki (blade guard) makes a nice transition between handle and blade. Mokume gane is created by forging non-ferrous metals (in this case, copper and nickel) into damascene layers. The octagonal handle is formed from stabilized myrtle wood burl, which has tight, swirling grain patterns throughout. The knife has perfect balance and feels exceptional in the hand.
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