Chef's Knife (6-1/8 in) with Knysna Ironwood

Product Description for Chef's Knife (6-1/8 in) with Knysna Ironwood

Maker: Rucus Coetzee (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $195.00
Item num: 110281
** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind **
Blade length: 6.40 in.
Cutting edge length: 6.10 in.
Total length: 11.75 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.48 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.09 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.09 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.04 in.
Item weight: 6.00 oz.
Shipment weight: 8.2 oz.
Blade: Hand forged 1070 carbon steel with a hand rubbed satin finish
Handle: Knysna ironwood with bronze and copper accents
Sheath: Leather custom blade protector with synthetic rayskin overlay
Description: Rucus Coetzee began making knives in 2010 when he started working at Heavin Forge under ABS Mastersmiths Kevin Harvey and Heather Harvey. He began forging blades immediately and joined the Knifemakers' Guild of Southern African in September of 2011 (making him -- at the age of 20 -- the youngest member -- an honor previously held by Kevin Harvey). In 2013, he started his own workshop and began creating many different styles of knives and blades from hunting knives to kitchen knives, though Rucus' interest in bladesmithing comes from his love for history and historical weapons. He spends a lot of time researching these weapons, then creates one of his own. They are never 100% copies of originals. Instead, he tries to introduce his own style into the historically inspired piece.
This elegant chef’s knife is inspired by the Japanese gyuto. It is a perfect choice as a primary knife in the kitchen. The long, deep-bellied blade is a perfect general purpose chef's knife. Whether slicing, chopping, mincing, or dicing, this comfortable knife will do it all. The gentle arc of the cutting edge is perfect for a rocking chopping motion with plenty of finger clearance over a cutting board. At 6-1/8 inches, this is a perfect choice for the chef that prefers a smaller, easier to control knife.
The blade is hand forged 1070 carbon steel with a hand rubbed satin finish. 1070 carbon steel provides excellent edge holding and chip resistance. The spine was selectively tempered for springy toughness. Coetzee's touchmark is on the left side of the blade.
The octagonal handle is Knysna ironwood (Olea capensis). The dense wood grows from the Western Cape to Natal and the Transvaal. It is exceptionally durable and was used in the past for railway sleepers, in bridge construction ox wagon axles, and mine props. It has a nice warm color that is nicely complemented by copper and bronze fittings. The front of the handle is sealed with a textured bronze ferrule.
To keep the knife protected, a leather blade protector is included.
Excellent work throughout!


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