Utility (5-1/4 in.) with Tasmanian Blackwood and Ebony

Product Description for Utility (5-1/4 in.) with Tasmanian Blackwood and Ebony

Maker: Edward R Knives (Edward Ratanun) (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 103412
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 5.25 in.
Cutting edge length: 5.25 in.
Total length: 10.25 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.20 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.11 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.09 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.02 in.
Item weight: 3.40 oz.
Blade: Nitro-V stainless steel with a hand rubbed satin finish
Bolster: Ebony
Handle: Tasmanian blackwood
Description: Florida knifemaker Edward Ratanun (Edward R Knives) creates a spectacular chef's knife. His sense of design is only matched by his skill of implementation. These utility knives inspired by the high performance knives of Japan are a prime example of Edward's clean work.
A utility knife is between a chef’s knife and a paring knife, with a narrower and straighter blade. This makes it perfect for a multitude of small tasks where more precise cuts are needed, such as trimming broccoli, green beans, or other smaller vegetables. Some cooks like to use it in their hand, too—almost like a large paring knife. Others like its smaller size as an alternative to the chef’s knife. Utility knives are sometimes called sandwich knives because they work well on almost everything that goes into a sandwich—from thin-skinned vegetables such as tomatoes, to meats and cheeses.
The blade is formed from high performance Nitro-V stainless steel with a hand rubbed satin finish. Nitro-V is a martensitic stainless steel with a chromium-based composition created by the New Jersey Steel Baron company. Nitrogen and vanadium have been added to the composition of AEB-L to improve edge performance. The resulting blade has an extremely keen, long-lasting edge and is just as tough or tougher than similar carbon steels while being completely stainless. The blade is distal tapered, ensuring a perfect balance. The spine is nicely rounded so it is extremely comfortable even when used for many hours at a time.
The Japanese-inspired half octagonal handle is formed from Tasmanian blackwood. Tasmanian blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon) is native to Tasmania and eastern Australia. Although called “blackwood,” the name is somewhat of a misnomer, as its wood is not at all black. Rather, its lustrous golden brown grain and figure is very similar to Hawaiian curly koa. The warm toned wood has a dramatic, swirling figure with dark black spalting lines. The handle is fit perfectly to an ebony wood ferrule. This is a knife you won't want to put down!
Excellent work throughout!

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