Fudge Ripple Petty Chef 148mm

Metal and wood can be combined in a plethora of ways, whether it's in a piece of furniture, a car, or a musical instrument. Yet when the canvas is a chef's knife, the oldest tool known to humans, the result takes on an aura all its own. In this case, bladesmith, blacksmith, and artist Charlie Ellis has fashioned a homemade low-layer damascus steel pattern to form the blade and exquisitely sculpted integral bolster of a knife that is both incredibly comfortable in the hand, invaluable as a mid-size petty on the cutting board, and a one-of-a-kind piece of culinary art for the kitchen. Charlie's ability to combine curves, facets, and transitions never ceases to amaze, and this knife is a shining example. With a stepped-down 'heirloom fit' the bolster seemingly wraps around a piece of black and white ebony that has been shaped to fill the handle with its smooth grain. Weighted and balancing just behind the blade's heel, the bevel geometry is thin and sharp at the edge and convex above while a full-distal taper slims to a fine tip for detail work. 

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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: 148mm / 5.8". Overall length: 283mm / 11.1". Blade width at the choil: 4mm. Blade width one inch from tip: 2mm. Blade height at heel: 42mm. Weight: 9.2oz / 262g.
Blade: Damascus steel in 1084 & 15n20 carbon alloys. Handle: Black and white ebony with a bronze pin.
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