Emerald Kumiko Chef 215mm

Forged from a house-made, stainless-clad san mai formula with a cutting edge of Apex Ultra carbon steel, a newly developed high-performance alloy created by some of the industry's top metallurgists with the explicit goal of setting a new standard in culinary tool steels, comes a one-of-a-kind chef knife by Salem Straub. With lots of 'activity' around the blade's weld lines where carbon meets stainless, a 215mm / 8.5" blade delivers the outstanding geometry and versatility we expect of this Washington-based bladesmith: very thin at the cutting edge below beautifully shaped convex primary bevels that reach to the tapering spine which itself slims steadily from 2.9mm out of the handle to 1.1mm an inch from the tip and onward to a fine point. The unique and elegant handle, the namesake of this piece of striking culinary tools, is comprised of a frame and bolsters in black G10 surrounded by vintage Emerald Westinghouse paper micarta engraved with a repeating Kumiko motif on each side, all sculpted into a Western profile combined with wa-like facets. 

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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: 215mm / 8.5". Overall length: 333mm / 13.1". Blade width at heel: 2.9mm. Blade width 1" from the tip: 1.1mm. Blade height at heel: 54mm. Weight: 6.1oz / 174g.
Blade: 410 stainless clad over an apex ultra high carbon core at 65 HRC. Handle: Black G10 with scales of Westinghouse vintage emerald paper micarta.
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