Anseong Chef XL 185mm

Designed as a tall, formidable chef's knife, with the weight and geometry of a meat cleaver and a sharp, hard edge of carbon steel, this head-turning blade by South Korea's Shin Blacksmith shop in Anseong is ready for anything. With hammer marks telling the story of its creation amid a dark, forged-finish, the knife is crafted using traditional techniques, hand-forged and then ground on stone wheels. The handle of chestnut wood, dried and aged to achieve the correct mix of weight, strength and resistance to the elements, is comfortable and hand-filling, and secured with a forged band of steel.

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The Story

In the South Korea city Anseong, known for its brass, stone, and iron tools, a blacksmith shop run by Master Shin In-young produces a collection of hand-forged kitchen knives in the traditional style of the region. Established in 1845, the shop is run today by the 5th generation of the Shin famiy and produced hand-forged chef knives and edged tools. 

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Blade length: 185mm / 7.3". Overall length: 305mm / 12". Blade width at choil: 9.7mm. Blade width 1" from the tip: 5.8mm. Blade height at heel: 88mm. Weight: 1.7lb / 664g.
Blade: Carbon steel with rustic forged finish. Handle: Chestnut wood with forged steel rings.
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