Osage Damascus Chef 206mm

With a workhorse's disposition and bold yet rustic styling that turns heads and wets appetites, the newest chef knife handmade by Charlie Ellis is here. Forged from house-made damascus with approximately 250 layers of 1084 and 15n20 carbon alloys intertwined from tip to heel, the 208mm / 8.1" blade profile provides a flat section at the rear for chopping, and then sweeps upward to a slim, pointed tip for precision and detail work. Charlie's blade finish is just superb, with nicely shaped, forge-finished flats that mask the damascus' pattern contrasting the polished and pronounced compound 'S-grind' bevels. Moving on to the handle, where blade tang first emerges, Charlie has melted copper on to wrought iron to form an exquisite bolster. The wrought iron is then fitted, with a slight step (heirloom fit), to a robust, hand-filling piece of osage orange that has been charred in the rear to reveal a near-rainbow or yellows, oranges, reds, and deep browns. Finally, a silicon bronze tang nut is visible on the handle's back face. A custom saya is included.

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The Story

A long-time blacksmith and bladesmith, Charlie Ellis crafts one-of-a-kind chef knives at his North Carolina workshop. Drawn to making kitchen cutlery originally by the need in his own kitchen for reliable, high-quality blades, the knives Charlie produced quickly advanced beyond objects of his own use, and soon become objects of art and precision for others to enjoy. Function-first designs with integral bolsters, compound bevel geometry, sculpted handles, and unique materials and blade finishes, are noteworthy elements of many of the kitchen tools in our collection handmade by Charlie.

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Blade length: 206mm / 8.1". Overall length: 350mm / 13.8". Blade width at the choil: 5.6mm. Blade width one inch from tip: 1.5mm. Blade height at heel: 52mm. Weight: 10.7oz / 304g.
Blade: Damascus in 1084 & 15n20 carbon alloys. Handle: Osage wood, silicon bronze tang nut, wrought iron bolster, and copper.
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