Chef Knife for Cutting Fruits Vegetables and Meat - 12-3/4" - Damascus - Unfinished Kit
A chef’s knife is probably a cook’s most important tool in the kitchen. Highly versatile. This blade glides through meat, fish, fruits and veg with minimal effort. Make your own custom chef’s knife with this blank.ZHEN Premium Damascus Knife Kits are forged in Japan utilizing years of...
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A chef’s knife is probably a cook’s most important tool in the kitchen. Highly versatile. This blade glides through meat, fish, fruits and veg with minimal effort. Make your own custom chef’s knife with this blank.
ZHEN Premium Damascus Knife Kits are forged in Japan utilizing years of knowledge and skill in knife making and technology and then shipped to Taiwan for grinding, sharpening and application of the tang. Each high quality blade is crafted by forge welding 66 layers of steel together around a core layer of VG – 10 steel (HRC 60 – 62) which creates a high quality blade. Each blade will have its own unique pattern on its surface and an edge that remains extremely sharp over an extended period of time. Designed with the professional cook in mind, these knives would make a great gift for the cook in your family.
- Customize your chef knife blade by choosing from a myriad of woods to make the handle yourself
- A workhorse in the kitchen, capable of taking on nearly any task
- Crafted from 66 layers of Japanese Damascus steel
- VG – 10 steel core with a Rockwell hardness of HRC60-62
- Maintains an extremely sharp edge for a long period of time
- Overall Length: 12-3/4"
- Blade Length: 7-9/16"
- Blade Materials: Japanese Damascus steel and a VG-10 steel core
- (1) Blade
- (4) Rivets
- Knife scale / handle material sold separately.
- Hand wash your blades with gentle dish soap, rinse clean and towel dry immediately.
- Hone your blades with a steel or ceramic rod weekly to keep them sharp. We recommend sharpening your blades with a whetstone at an angle of 15°-20°.
- CAUTION: DO NOT chop bone or use this knife on a hard surface like a glass cutting board, tile, or granite.
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I ordered one of these knife "kits" to make a gift for a good friend. I ended up getting another one for myself. It's a beautiful blade, love the damascus steel. Sharpens easily and retains a good edge for a good while. This is my first higher quality kitchen knife, and I am definitely impressed. As a hand tool woodworker, I appreciate a sharp tool. This knife surpasses any knife I've used before. It cuts an over ripe tomato effortlessly. I threw the little alloy rivets away and used some brass rod for pins. The edge of the bolster needed a little bit of trimming with a file to get a good fit against the handle. Tang had a very small amount of bend to it that clamping would have taken care of, but I went ahead and trimmed the wood blank to fit. Hey, I'm a woodworker, a little custom trimming comes naturally, and I didn't want the handle to separate down the road. Other than those two minor issues, the knife was flawless. Friend was very happy with his, and I have been really enjoying using this beautiful knife.
Nice knife kit
I just completed this knife kit. The knife came well-packaged, was straight, and included rivets. I used blood wood for the scales. Makes a pretty knife.
Nice looking knife but poor quality control
I purchased two of these knives to give as gifts. They are very sharp and nice looking but I ran into the same problem with both knives. There is a ridge where the bolster and tang meet making it impossible for the knife scale to sit up against the bolster. In addition, one of the knives had an additional spur on the bolster. I was able to grind the spur down but I couldn't grind the ridge. I had to chamfer the knife scale to make it fit. It was not an ideal solution and the scale did not rest completely against the bolster but I didn't have time to return the knives so I had to make do. Otherwise the knives are beautiful.
Reasons foe the bent tang, and off grind of the bevel.
Th3se knives while having good steel, and potential for a fine knife, are not completed in Japan. They are forged and shaped, and then shipped to Taiwan, for the welding of a tang to the blade, and to be tempered. So you will get those problems now and then, depending which Taiwanese is doing the welding, and or tempering. Too bad the knives are not completed in Japan, with better quality control, in the process. Also too bad they don't forge the entire knife, with the tang, instead of sending the knife to Taiwan to have a tang welded to it, and then ground, and tempered. But, as it is said, ...... "It is what it is,"
Zhen Chef's knife is a really fine high
I build each of my three daughters a set of knives which included a Chef's knife and a pairing knife for Christmas. My youngest daughter is a professionally trained Chef who absolutely loves these knives. She is always receiving compliments and inquiries as to where she got the knife.
Very good quality blades. It came out of the box razor sharp.
It came out of the box razor sharp. Very nice steel, good balance and performance for every day use.
Supernice quality blades
Really good quality blades, and it's delivered complete with ribbits. Very nice!
Well made.Looks impresssive.
I'll buy this product again
I produce very attrative sets of knives. The blades are great but the tangs sometimes are so bent that I had to return them. NO way to put a very nice wooden handle and a piece of bent steel!
This is a Great Knife
This knife is now "The" knife in my kitchen. It came out of the box razor sharp. Has a great balance and held it's edge for over a month without any sharpening. Can cut a lime completely through by just lightly pushing down without using a slicing motion right out of the box. Only criticism would be the rivets that came with it broke, but not a problem for me because I used pins anyway. I don't know if I just got a good one, but I definitely recommend this knife.
A rewarding project that you will use
You get what you pay for in this blank. Very nice steel, good balance and performance for every day use. However, this knife is not a Shun, not even close. The grind is not top quality, and sharpness out of the box is just OK. However, after some time on the whetstone set the steel shows its potential. I got a razor sharp edge that seems to hold well. After adding a nice rosewood handle, the finished product looks great, and is very functional. I have only one gripe now about the blade: I like to grip the blade with my thumb and forefinger while cutting for more control but the top of the blade is ground to a sharp square that hurts my finger after a while. I guess I will round it off slightly one of these days.
excellent chefs knife
This is a very high quality knife, comes razor sharp, a great value kit at a little over half the price of this knife with handle. An easy hour project for a high quality customized tool that will last a life time, I'm going to buy the whole set and make a knifeblock to match.
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