Blackwood Tribal French Chef 158mm

Hand forged by Don Carlos Andrade along the Pacific Coast in Southern California, this 158mm / 6.22" custom chef knife features a French style profile with hidden tang construction and Don's woven cotton line 'tribal wrap.' The versatile and elegant blade is shaped from 52100 carbon steel and given a forge-textured and hand-sanded finish, the convex bevels and full distal taper culminating at a hard, sharp and thin edge and needle-like tip. Balancing just at the front of the wrap, the knife's handle combines African Blackwood with antique ivory micarta using mortised construction, the 1mm cotton line providing a wonderfully textured grip. A cloth-covered protective wooden saya is included.

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Don Carlos Andrade designs and builds some of the World's finest culinary tools using a variety of methods, from fully forged to stock reduction, from stick-tang wa handle Japanese inspired handles to full-tang European-esque configurations. This forged-to-shape 165mm chef with high-polished bevels, a food-safe 'tribal wrap' for grip (and good looks), and attention to every detail, is a beautiful example of his decades of experience as an artist and artisan coming to a head in a finished, purpose built, heirloom quality kitchen knife.

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Blade length: 158mm / 6.22". Overall length: 300mm / 11.8". Blade width 1" in front of heel: 3.2mm. Blade width 1" from tip: 1.7mm. Blade height at heel: 42mm. Weight: 5.8oz / 164g
Blade: 52100 carbon carbon steel with forged-texturing and and satin bevels. Handle: African Blackwood and antique ivory micarta with mortised construction and a rosin-impregnated 1mm woven cotton line.
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Blackwood Tribal French Chef 158mm