Western Slicing Knife with Sheoak Burl - 150mm (6 in)
Product Description for Western Slicing Knife with Sheoak Burl - 150mm (6 in)
Maker: Shigefusa & O'Malley (collaboration) (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 89109
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 6.00 in.
Total length: 10.90 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.20 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.11 in.
Item weight: 3.60 oz.
Blade: San mai forged from carbon steels by Shigefusa
Bolster: Integral carbon steel
Handle: Stabilized sheoak burl set on a full tang
Description: This is a collaboration between bladesmiths Shigefusa and Daniel O'Malley. During one of his visits to 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 suited to the Western market. The result of their combined efforts are some of the most beautiful - and highest performing - kitchen knives in the world.
Fruit knives are utility knives that are perfect for slicing produce, meats, and fish. It is a great general purpose slicing tool - the sleek blade is also well suited to precision work. The sophisticated six inch blade makes it very useful, whether your task is slicing fruit or chopping garlic.
Shigefusa forged the san mai blade by forge-welding an ultra-hard (63-64 Rc) carbon steel core between softer layers of mild steel. This Japanese technique results in a knife which will hold its edge much longer than even the best European knives. Integral bolsters are a common feature on many commercially available Western knives - it is a technique that is easy to do reasonably well in a factory with precise machinery. When done by hand, however, It is an extremely challenging process requiring a high degree of skill and patience - but the effect is well worth the extra effort.
The handle is formed from exhibition grade stabilized sheoak. The stabilized wood will hold up well in the demanding environment of either a commercial or home kitchen. A single piece of this Australian native wood was cut so as to have the wood's unmistakable grain pattern travel across the tang. The singularly beautiful grain pattern has the characteristic sheoak "laciness" in tones ranging from a delicate cream to a rich and powerful cinnabar. This lacy pattern occurs in only about 1 out of every 100 trees. The handle is profiled so as to be very comfortable and provide the chef with a secure grip. Two stainless hidden bolt rivets and an elegant stainless steel and copper mosaic pin secure the scales to the tang. The rivets have been profiled to match the wood - the seam is imperceptible. This knife is as high-performing as it is beautiful!
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