Sterling Blackwood Chef 275mm

From artisan and bladesmith Eliane Leblanc, world-class violin maker and lifelong connoisseur of finely crafted tools, our first delivery from her Boston, Massachusetts studio is this elegant and striking 275mm damascus chef knife. Forged by hand from house-made, 1084 & 15n20 carbon steels damascus, the blade offers a wonderfully balanced and weighted upswept profile, rewardingly thin behind the extremely sharp edge, subtly convex throughout the polished bevels, and 55mm tall at the heel. The distal taper of the rounded spine intensifies especially toward the end, providing a fine, needle-like tip for precision cuts, and a slight touch of lateral flexibility in the final inches only, making the otherwise stiff, purposeful blade versatile and efficient. Equally as magnificent is the handle: sculpted from African Blackwood, a spacer and ferrule of polished sterling silver provide a stunning complement to the contrasted blade finish and a classic, understated, yet luxurious aesthetic, and delivering comfort and control at every turn.

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A lifelong artisan, artist, and devotee of finely crafted tools, bladesmith Eliane Leblanc creates magnificent, one-of-a-kind chef's knives at her Boston, Massachusetts studio. A fourth-generation woodworker, perpetually surrounded by the tools of the trade, Eliane's admiration for all variety of precisely crafted objects has united with her love for food and focused her creative pursuits on cutlery design and creation. A world-class violin maker and restoration artist, Eliane's passion, dedication, and experience as a craftsperson, complemented of course by her incredible eye for design, and desire to create at the highest of levels, places Eliane squarely in the top-tier of culinary knife makers today.

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Blade: 275mm / 10.8". Overall length: 405mm / 15.9". Blade width at heel: 3.1mm. Blade width 1" from the tip: 1.3mm. Blade height at heel: 55mm. Weight: 7.9oz / 224g.
Blade: House-made carbon damascus steel in 1084 & 15n20 alloys. Handle: African blackwood with sterling silver spacers and ferrule.
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