Karelian Mosaic Bunka 182mm

A confluence of scrupulous attributes, both aesthetic and functional, come together to form this head-turning new chef knife by Detroit bladesmith Niko Nicolaides. The 56mm tall, 182mm / 7.2" long bunka profile is shaped for utility in all the ways we have come to expect of a workhorse kitchen tool from Niko: a sharp, hard edge sits below convex bevels that balance toughness and finesse, with a stiff, rounded spine slimming to an aggressive, slim tip, making excellent use of the bunka form. But of course, first you’ve likely noticed the material of choice: a Starflake pattern mosaic damascus edge bar married to an upper section of distorted random pattern damascus, the same pattern that flows into the sculpted integral handle bolster. Behind this bolster are first rings of G10 and canvas micarta, followed by a gorgeous piece of karelian birch.

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At his one-man studio in Detroit, Michigan, Niko Nicolaides creates custom chef knives with a focus on unique, house-made damascus pattern steel and hand-forged blades. A self-taught, full-time bladesmith, Niko worked previously as a CNC programmer and operator before leaving to hone his skills on the decidedly analog, artisan end of the object-production spectrum. A desire to make great looking, superbly functioning culinary tools that will last a lifetime is why he does it.

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Blade length: 182mm / 7.2". Overall length: 300mm / 11.8". Blade width at the choil: 3mm. Blade width 1" from tip: 1.5mm. Blade height at heel: 56mm. Weight: 8.5oz / 240g.
Blade: House-made carbon damascus steel with Starflake pattern mosaic edge and a distorted random pattern upper section. Handle: Karelian Birch with spacers of G10 and canvas micarta.
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