African Blackwood Utility

A 5.5 inch bladed Tribal Utility Chef knife ground from 1095 high carbon steel and differentially heat treated to reveal a beautiful hamon is not only stunning to look at but is a true work horse in the kitchen. Good knuckle clearance over a cutting board for a knife of this size means it is up to virtually any task.

Don Andrade uses 1mm cotton line, alternating between natural and purple colors in this knife, to add grip and aesthetic to the African Blackwood and Purpleheart handle. The 'Tribal Wrap' is food-safe, coated with a rosin that won't absorb food. As with all California Custom Knives' work, a storage case covered in fabric and wrapped with the same woven cotton found on the knife's handle is included. 

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The Story

Don Andrade, the sole craftsman of the California Custom Knives shop, based in Los Osos, California, creates a variety of custom chef knives using both hand forging as well as stock reduction techniques. Preferring carbon steel, although employing stainless steel in certain pieces, this particular blade is an excellent example of his use of stock reduction to form a gorgeous blade that includes a unique hamon, a result of Don's differential heat-treating. A thin, strong edge will hold its sharpness and the details of Don's finishing work, including the wrapped and inlaid handle mean a one-of-a-kind experience in each chef knife he makes. 

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African Blackwood Utility

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