Berserk Damascus Chef 215mm

Twenty twenty-one was rather Berserk, and we have proof. Made by bladesmith Salem Straub late last year at his Washington workshop, this is the second of two knives to feature his new and extraordinary Berserk pattern mosaic damascus steel. With such a spectacular centerpiece, the rest of the knife must uphold the level of work depicted in the folded and twisted steel, and there is no doubt Salem has accomplished that here. Below the Berserk pattern damascus is an edge bar of spirograph pattern damascus, together forming the tall, thin, compound bevels of this function-first blade. And to wield the cutting tool Salem has carved a beautiful handle in which green and blue dyed maple is inlaid into a frame of Hawaiian Koa wood, and finished with an attention to detail most can only dream of, including a stepped-down, heirloom-fit integral bolster and brass retention nut visible in the rear.

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The Story

A self-taught blacksmith who began shaping metal with a charcoal forge and hand tools at the age of twenty, Salem Straub of Promethean Knives more recently won the 2nd season of the History Channel's Forged in Fire. Honing his techniques and studying the nuances of bladesmithing, Salem's well-rounded metalworking and blacksmithing abilities have been focused squarly on edged tools since 2012. The sole-authorship nature of each tool he builds is key for Salem, providing opportunity for attention to the subtlest details, often resulting in objects that blend the line between art and function. Forging his own mosaic damascus, building integral construction handles, heat treating in house and designing each minutia of each knife, it's an honor to present Salem's work here on Eatingtools.

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Blade: 215mm / 8.5". Overall length: 340mm / 13.4". Blade width at heel: 2.6mm. Blade width 1" from the tip: 1.6mm. Blade height at heel: 55.6mm. Weight: 7.3oz / 206g.
Blade: Damascus in 1080 and 15n20 alloys at 62HRC. Handle: Green and blue maple and koa with an exposed through-tang stainless steel nut.
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