Kaleidoscope Mosaic Chef 250mm

The inaugural knife from bladesmith Henning Wilkinson, the newest maker to join our collection, is a stunning, 250mm / 10" chef knife in Henning's house-made kaleidoscope-pattern mosaic carbon damascus steel. With subtle, compound 'S-grind' geometry, including convex bevels just above the edge for cutting performance, the long, beautiful blade tapers steadily from a 53mm tall heel to a thin and slightly flexible tip where the damascus's pattern becomes visibly stretched due to the hand-forging process. Behind the blade, and just past Henning's 9 carat gold maker's mark inlay, is an integral bolster which extends back at length before meeting a slim, striking, sculpted piece of beech burl. The steel-to-wood transition is accented with a carved transition design, a wonderful touch adding to the uniqueness of the Henning’s work.

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The Story

Having spent his first years creating the tools and equipment he would need to design and forge his own damascus steel patterns, Henning Wilkinson learned each skill and discipline within knifemaking methodically and purposefully, and he now uses this knowledge and experience to craft sole-authorship art knives and culinary tools at his shop in Sundra, South Africa. Whether the 9-carot gold maker's mark inlaid into the blade, a decorative bolster-to-handle transition, or the blade's final geometry, every detail is the result of a thoughtful and calculated approach with which Henning aims to outdo the last piece with each new build. Specializing in house-made damascus steels and always pushing himself to the limits of his abilities, Henning's knives are part art, part tool, and one hundred percent uniquely his. 

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Blade length: 250mm / 10". Overall length: 385mm / 15.2". Blade width 1" in front of heel: 3.8mm. Blade width 1" from tip: 0.8mm. Blade height at heel: 53mm. Weight: 8.7oz / 248g.
Blade: House-made Kaleidoscope-pattern mosaic carbon damascus. Handle: Beech burl.
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