Chef's Knife - Kiritsuke Gyuto - (7-1/8 in) with Turning Tides Pattern Mosaic Damascus and Sycamore Burl
Product Description for Chef's Knife - Kiritsuke Gyuto - (7-1/8 in) with Turning Tides Pattern Mosaic Damascus and Sycamore Burl
Maker: Mareko (Mark) Maumasi (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 93580
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 7.15 in.
Total length: 13.00 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.80 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.07 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.06 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.05 in.
Item weight: 6.60 oz.
Shipment weight: 12.2 oz.
Blade: Turning Tides pattern mosaic damascus forged from 15N20 and 1080 carbon steels
Bolster: Integral damascus bolster
Handle: Half round handle formed from Sycamore Burl with oak burl accents
Description: Mareko Maumasi is creating some of the more exciting chef's knives that I have ever seen. He worked for years with Mastersmith Bob Kramer. It is no surprise that his understanding of kitchen knives as well as insight into working with steel is exceptional. His moniker is Maumasi Firearts. His friendship with Journeyman Smith David Lisch has helped push his knifemaking to the next level, as he has incorporated tremendously complex damascus and integral bolsters into his repertoire.
The kirisuke gyuto is a traditional Japanese chefs knife. This comfortable design is a fantastic multipurpose chopper with a nice rock and plenty of finger clearance over a cutting board. The downturned front ensures a detail-oriented tip.
Mareko forged the damascus to have tremendous amounts of detail hidden in the steel. The blade and bolster are all made from one solid piece of damascus. Though integral knives are regularly done in production work, creating an integral bolster in a custom setting is extremely difficult and shows the maker's skill at its best. The integral bolster was forged so as to approach the blade at an angle -- resulting in a knife that is amazingly comfortable in a pinch grip.
The handle is formed from stabilized sycamore burl with oak burl accents. The combination of light and dark toned woods is particularly enticing. This Wa (traditional Japanese) style handle is a hybrid of octagonal and D-shaped handles and is called a 'half-round handle'. It provides a wide range of comfortable grips and is equally comfortable for left and right handed users. The workmanship is beautiful, and the woods chosen gorgeous! Alternating silicon bronze and black G10 spacers set between the handle and integral bolster assist the wood to adjust to temperature and humidity changes.
A gorgeous piece built for serious use, yet one of the more dramatic kitchen knives that I have come across!
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