Chef's Knife with Blackwood (8 1/2")
Product Description for Chef's Knife with Blackwood (8 1/2")
Maker: Bill Burke, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 87045
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 8.50 in.
Total length: 13.75 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.90 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.12 in.
Item weight: 8.00 oz.
Blade: Hand forged 52100 carbon steel with a low temp triple quench and triple temper for high performance edge retention
Bolster: Integral 52100 bolster
Handle: African blackwood
Description: Bill Burke, who was honored as a journeyman smith June 2003, is known for creating some of the best chefs knives and hunters that can be found anywhere. His attention to shape and balance on his chef's knives, not to mention the exceptional edge holding clearly sets him apart.
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.
Like his hunting knives, this chef's knife 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 creates some of the sharpest and most long lasting edges found anywhere.
A differential heat treatment is clearly visible in the differential hardness line approximately three quarters up the blade. This results in a soft, supportive spine and an extremely hard, long lasting edge. The bolster is integral -- a technique that, while common in production knives, is very rare in handmade knives due to the difficulty of implementation. The handle is carved from African blackwood -- one of the hardest woods found anywhere. The knife has perfect balance and feels exceptional in the hand.
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