Zipper Micarta Integral Chef 245mm

It's nearly impossible to identify a single stand-out feature of our first custom chef knife from artist Salem Straub of Promethean Knives. Forged from a round bar of W1 carbon steel, the 59mm tall blade is supremely thin and light, tapering from just 2.0mm above the heel to 1.0mm an inch from the tip, achieving, in collaboration with precise in-house heat treatment, beautifully balanced lateral flexibility. The entire knife weights just 6.0oz despite it's 245mm / 9.65" of edge. With a zipper joint, the namesake of the knife, black and brown pieces of micarta, each with wonderfully pronounced visual texture, combine to form the slim, relatively short D-style handle with right-handed orientation. The forged integral bolster ties the other elements together, a cloudy hamon on one side, a perfectly contoured, pinch grip-loving handle on the other.

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The Story

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: 245mm / 9.65". Overall length: 360mm / 14.17". Blade width at heel: 2.0mm. Blade width 1" from the tip: 1.0mm. Blade height at heel: 59mm. Weight: 6.0oz / 170g.
Blade: W1 carbon steel. Handle: Brown and black micarta with zipper joint.
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Zipper Micarta Integral Chef 245mm