Chef's Knife (8-1/2 in.) with Curly Formosan Koa and Integral Phoenix Mosaic Damascus

Product Description for Chef's Knife (8-1/2 in.) with Curly Formosan Koa and Integral Phoenix Mosaic Damascus

Maker: David Lisch, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 101469
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 8.50 in.
Cutting edge length: 8.50 in.
Total length: 13.50 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.90 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.15 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.07 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.03 in.
Item weight: 8.40 oz.
Blade: Mosaic damascus forged to shape from 15N20 and 1080 carbon steels
Bolster: Integral damascus with a silicon bronze spacer
Handle: Presentation grade stabilized curly formosan koa
Description: Master Smith David Lisch is an knifemaker located outside of Seattle, WA. Over the last several years, David has been creating some of the best chef's knives to be found anywhere. As well as being a bladesmith, David is a renowned blacksmith and teacher of knifemaking at the Studio 4 School, which he runs. David's control over damascus, as shown in this dramatic chef's knife, is amazing. He creates patterns that are uncompromisingly clean and controlled.
The 8-1/2 inch damascus blade is forged to shape from David's own mosaic damascus. The high contrast damascus is a nice mix of bold and fine patterns and immediately grabs attention. It is a pattern he calls Phoenix. The mosaic pattern show's Mastersmith David Lisch's skill at the forge. By forging closely to shape, David creates an optimal grain structure (performance) and creates a pattern that follows the shape of the blade (dramatic as all heck!). David is known for his particularly clean, high contrast damascus.
This chef's knife is a perfect choice to use a your primary chef's knife in the kitchen. The blade provides plenty of finger clearance over a cutting board. The gentle curve of the cutting edge is perfect both for slicing and a rocking chop. The spine and choil are perfectly rounded for comfort. The convex ground blade offers an optimal balance of thin precision with food release from the side of the knife. Whether slicing tomotos or chopping onions, this is a perfect knife to grab.
Showing his tremendous skill at the forge, the bolster is integral. Though this technique is regularly done in production knives, forging an integral bolster in a custom setting is extremely difficult and shows the maker's skill at its best.
The handle is formed from presentation grade curly formosan koa (Acacia confusa) wood. Not to be confused with the much more commercially common koa (Acacia koa), found mainly on the island of Hawaii, formosan koa is a slightly heavier and a much more obscure wood. The 'Coke bottle' style handle swells at the palm, moving into a slimmer waist, and swells again at the end. It provides a sure, comfortable grip in either a pinch grip of by holding the handle directly. Alternating silicon bronze and black G10 spacers set between the handle and integral bolster assist the wood to adjust to temperature and humidity changes. By using stabilized woods, Lisch ensures the knife will hold up well to the high demands of either a professional or home kitchen.
A spectacular and very functional addition for your kitchen!

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