Tahitian Zebra Chef 280mm

At 280mm / 11”, this hand filling, kitchen-conquering chef knife, handmade in Washing State by bladesmith Salem Straub, is not for the faint of heart. Salem's new Tahitian Zebra pattern mosaic damascus carbon steel blade, standing 57mm tall at the heel, offers compound bevel geometry which lends itself to chopping efficiency through excellent food release, and also contributes to the knife's weight, or lack thereof, which tips the scale at just 7.4oz / 210g; virtually featherweight for an oversized chef of these proportions. A full-distal taper down the spine provides quite a bit of lateral flexibility throughout the blade’s length, and Salem finds a way to balance this beautifully by ending the concave portion of the bevels early enough that the spine actually thickens around 2" from the tip, providing a touch of added strength to an oft-used part of the blade, before the spine tapers again to the needle-like tip. In the rear, the heirloom-fit bolster meets a beautiful, softly carved pieces of Australian Mallee Burl with a two-tone appearance.

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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: 280mm / 11". Overall length: 395mm / 15.5". Blade width at heel: 2.5mm. Blade width 1" from the tip: 0.9mm. Blade height at heel: 57mm. Weight: 7.4oz / 210g.
Blade: Tahitian zebra pattern mosaic damascus 1080 and 15n20 steel at 62HRC. Handle: Australian red mallee burl.
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