Integral Chef's Knife with Black Ash Burl
Journeyman Smith Test Knife

Product Description for Integral Chef's Knife with Black Ash Burl
Journeyman Smith Test Knife

Maker: Josh Hults, J.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 108713
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 9.50 in.
Cutting edge length: 9.10 in.
Total length: 14.60 in.
Blade height (at heel): 2.00 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.12 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.08 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.04 in.
Item weight: 7.80 oz.
Shipment weight: 9.0 oz.
Blade: Hand forged 1084 carbon steel
Bolster: Integral
Handle: Stabilized black ash burl with copper and black G10 spacers
Description: This chef's knife was made by Josh Hults. Josh grew up in South Mississippi on a small farm. Growing up in a rural area, if he wasn't working, most of his time was spent exploring in the woods or building something. Since he was a small child, he had a passion for making things -- from flint knives to bows and arrows, to tree houses and bridges. If he could scavenge the materials to attempt an idea, he would try it. He learned how to shoe horses from his father and by his late teen years, he had a small horse shoeing business established. His horse shoeing business prospered and over the years, he shod horses from coast to coast and from Canada to Florida. Today, he works as a fireman and builds knives in his spare time. He built his first knife in 2008 and was immediately hooked. In June of 2022, he earned his journeyman smith stamp.
This knife was part of Hults' JS test set. When a maker tests to become a journeyman, they create five knives that are the height of their work. These five knives are then judged by established masters to determine if the maker's work is up to snuff. Often, prospective journeymen spend 2-3 times as long creating these five knives as they would generally do, as they know that their work will be poured over by the masters. These five knives are generally considered to be among the most collectable knives of a maker's career.
The blade was hand forged from a one inch diameter 1084 carbon steel round bar. 1084 provides excellent edge holding and chip resistance. Hult's touchmark is on the left side of the blade. The blade is distal tapered, ensuring a perfect balance.
The handle is stabilized black ash burl, hand contoured to provide a comfortable, non-slip grip. The handle is fit perfectly to the integral bolster. Creating integral knives takes a tremendous amount of skill, but results in a stronger and more durable knife. Alternating copper andd black G-10 spacers assist the handle to adjust to temperature and humidity changes. This chef's knife is sure to be a favorite in the kitchen.
Excellent work throughout!

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