Chef's Knife (Santoku) with Musk Ox Horn (7 1/8")
Product Description for Chef's Knife (Santoku) with Musk Ox Horn (7 1/8")
Maker: Bill Burke, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 88835
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 7.10 in.
Total length: 12.20 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.85 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.10 in.
Item weight: 5.85 oz.
Blade: Hon warikomi-style blade combining a 52100 carbon steel core with 416 stainless steel sides
Bolster: Mokume gane forged from copper and nickel
Handle: Musk ox horn
Description: Mastersmith Bill Burke's chef's knives are among the highest performing cutlery found anywhere. His heat treatment technique, combined with his choice of steel, results in edge holding that is far beyond other knives. This is a knife that you won't want to put down.
This high performance chef's knife is a perfect choice as a primary knife in the kitchen. The santoku is the traditional Japanese chef's knife. This comfortable design is a fantastic multipurpose chopper. The santoku has quickly become the new favorite for chefs in the West. The gentle arch of the cutting edge is perfect for a rocking chopping motion with plenty of finger clearance over a cutting board.
The blade was hand forged in a technique known as hon warikomi. This modification of san mai (three layers) forges stainless steel to the sides of a carbon steel blade. The result is the exceptional edge holding of carbon steel with significantly easier care. The transition line between stainless steel and carbon steel is exceptionally dramatic.
Like his hunting knives, this chef's knife was pre-tested for edge flex and cutting ability before assembly. The heat treatment followed the formulas developed by Mastersmith Ed Fowler in conjunction with Bill and has been proven to create some of the sharpest and most long lasting edges found anywhere.
The mokume gane bolster was TIG welded to the blade for strength and durability. The elegant damascene lines in the mokume gane were created by forging multiple layers of copper and nickel. The handle is formed from extremely rare high Arctic musk ox horn. Musk ox horn is one of the most rare and majestic handle materials used in the knife world. The highly polished musk ox has a unique grain structure that immediately grabs the eye. It is nicely carved to swell toward the front of the handle, move into a slimmer waist and finally to swell again at the beak at the end of the handle. The knife has perfect balance and feels exceptional in the hand.
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