Western Chef's Knife, Suminagashi - 180mm (7 1/8 in)
Product Description for Western Chef's Knife, Suminagashi - 180mm (7 1/8 in)
Maker: Shigefusa & O'Malley (collaboration) (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 87919
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 7.10 in.
Total length: 10.20 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.90 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.10 in.
Item weight: 6.40 oz.
Blade: San mai suminagashi (damascus) forged from carbon steels by Shigefusa
Bolster: Integral damascus
Handle: Stabilized Russian walnut burl set on a distal tapered full tang
Description: This is a collaboration between bladesmiths Shigefusa and Daniel O'Malley. During one of his visits in Japan, Mr. O'Malley met with Shigefusa to discuss the possibility of working on a series of collaborative knives. Shigefusa would forge and finish the blade. Mr. O'Malley would finish the tang and integral bolsters, completing the knife with deluxe handles better fit for the Western market. The results of this effort have been exceptional.
Shigefusa forged the san mai blade by forge-welding an ultra-hard (63-64 Rc) carbon steel core between softer layers of suminagashi (damascus). This results in a knife what will maintain its edge much longer than even high end European-made knives. Integral bolsters are something that we have got used to seeing on Western knives because it is relatively easy to do in a factory setting. It is an extremely difficult process to create by hand but the effect is well worth the extra effort. The damascus pattern continues from the blade onto the integral bolster.
The handle was formed from stabilized Russian walnut burl wood. A single piece of wood was cut so as to have the wood's complex grain pattern travel across the tang. The dark wood has a fascinating, convoluted grain pattern that nicely reflects the suminagashi pattern of the blade and bolsters. The handle is profiled so as to be very comfortable and provide a secure hold. Two hidden bolt rivets and a complex mosaic pin secure the scales to the tang. The rivets are brass and have been profiled to match the wood. The mosaic pin combines stainless steel with brass. This knife feels as good as it looks.
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