Silver Walnut Integral Chef 216mm

We won’t say that the elegant Curly Walnut Integral Chef, hand-forged by Emiliano Carrillo, is as light as a feather, but it sure feels like it, weighing only 3.4oz / 98g despite its full-size, 216mm / 8" length. Use this knife for hours on end in the kitchen for a variety of meal prep tasks and experience no fatigue; were it not for the uniqueness of the tool and its ingredients, you could even forget it were in hand. The thin and flexible blade is forged to shape from 600 layers of house-made, pattern-welded 15n20 and 1084 carbon damascus. From the integral handle bolster emerges a slim blade spine that Emiliano manages to taper further, creating an aggressive, pointed profile with finesse and precision that culminates at an especially fine tip for detail work. The handle, petit and comfortable, is sculpted from handsome curly walnut wood. The final touch is a cast and textured sterling silver spacer which Emiliano adds to highlight the dark tones of the wood and varying layers of the blade's damascus steel.

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The Story

In the early days, Emiliano Carrillo, New Hampshire-based blacksmith and bladesmith, learned to make bloomery iron and carbon steels from base elements collected from the Earth, crafting a furnace from clay, peat moss, and sand in which to combine his ingredients. Focusing on historical reproductions of ancient tools such as swords and spears, reverse engineering their every detail, Emiliano developed a deep, holistic, 'bone-knowing' knowledge of the processes and methods that most inspire him. Now, with the desire to craft functional objects which will be both coveted and used and appreciated daily by their owners, Emiliano's time, in addition to teaching, is dedicated in a large way to the creation of chef knives, each developed using the same historical principals and techniques learned through the years. From modern pattern-welded steels, to house-made tamahagne and oroshigane, and locally reclaimed handle materials, each knife is a work of culinary art.

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Blade: 216mm / 8.5". Overall length: 328mm / 12.9". Blade width at heel: 2mm. Blade width 1" from the tip: 0.9mm. Blade height at heel: 48mm. Weight: 3.4oz / 98g.
Blade: 600-layer damascus in 15n20 and 1084 carbon steels. Handle: Curly black walnut with a silver spacer.
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