Moroccan Tile Chef 255mm

Salem Straub's high-grind approach to his compound bevels allows him to craft a uniquely balanced, high-performance tool that includes an extremely thin edge below a convex section of twisted mosaic damascus edge bar, and concave portion that stretches right to the spine of the striking Moroccan Tile damascus of his design and making. Combine these qualities with what feels in the hand like a solid, workhorse cutting tool that features a long, 255mm / 10" blade which flexes nicely in the forward half due to a superb taper and in-house hardening process of the carbon steel, and you get a knife to do it all, in magnificent style. Beyond the long, museum-fit integral bolster in the same Moroccan Tile pattern is an oblong octagonal piece of blue and yellow-dyed boxelder burl, finished with an exposed stainless steel through-nut in the rear. 

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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: 255mm / 10". Overall length: 380mm / 15". Blade width at heel: 2.7mm. Blade width 1" from the tip: 1.7mm. Blade height at heel: 57mm. Weight: 9.1oz / 258g.
Blade: Damascus in 1080 and 15n20 alloys at 62HRC. Handle: Double-dyed blue & yellow boxelder burl with an exposed through-tang stainless steel nut.
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