Paper Micarta Chef 240mm

Designer and maker Don Nguyen of Tuscon, Arizona is long known for combining an extraordinary level of precision in his knife builds with an uncompromising approach to utility in the forms he creates, and finally, for completing each tool with a world-class degree of fit and finish, inspired, we would argue, by his engineering background and competitive spirit. This one-of-a-kind, full-size chef knife delivers a 240mm / 9.5" blade of silky, hand-sanded 52100 carbon steel, relatively straight along the razor-sharp edge, but with the ability to rock just a bit on the board as well. Tapering forward from the handle to a slim, needle-like tip, the blade is balanced, light and fast in the hand, quite thin behind a near-zero edge, meaning that the fantastically sculpted, convex, primary bevels extend nearly to the edge itself, with only very slight secondary bevels forming the final cutting edge. Like the blade's rounded spine and beautifully shaped and polished choil, the handle is designed for both comfort and head-turning good looks, completed in a tapered profile with facets and lines made from an inner layer of silver carbon fiber topped with classic black paper micarta. 

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Building beautifully designed, expertly engineered chef knives at his one-man shop in the US state of Arizona, Don Nguyen's culinary tools lend themselves to daily use in even the most demanding of kitchens and applications. Often beginning with thicker-than-average raw blade steel billets, his knives tend to be work-horse tools, stiff, balanced and shaped to handle hours of cuts that don't necessarily demand a delicate touch. Yet the thin edges and aggressive tips Don shapes with precision are as suited to exacting slices as to heavy chopping.

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Blade length: 240mm / 9.5". Overall length: 385mm / 15.1". Blade width 1" in front of heel: 2.9mm. Blade width 1" from tip: 1.5mm. Blade height at heel: 51mm. Weight: 8oz / 230g.
Blade: 52100 carbon steel with satin finish. Handle: Black paper micarta with silver carbon fiber liners.
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