Paring Knife for Peeling Slicing Coring Fruits and Vegetables - 7-11/16" - Damascus - Unfinished Kit
A necessity for all of those small, delicate items that need to be peeled, sliced and diced, a paring knife is a must-have tool for the kitchen. Now you can make your own custom paring knife with this blank.ZHEN Premium Damascus Knife Kits are forged in Japan utilizing years of...
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A necessity for all of those small, delicate items that need to be peeled, sliced and diced, a paring knife is a must-have tool for the kitchen. Now you can make your own custom paring 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 around a core layer of VG – 10 steel (HRC 60 – 62) so each blank has its own unique surface pattern and razor-sharp edge. Designed with the professional chef in mind, these knife kits are a perfect gift for anyone who enjoys cooking.
- Customize your knife blade by choosing from a myriad of woods to make your handle
- Crafted from 66 layers of Japanese Damascus steel
- VG – 10 steel core with a Rockwell hardness of 60 - 62
- Maintains an extremely sharp edge for a long period of time
- Overall Length: 7-11/16"
- Blade Length: 3-5/16"
- Blade Materials: Japanese Damascus stainless steel / VG-10 stainless steel core
- (1) Knife blade blank
- (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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Craft custom knives for your favorite chef or yourself with Woodcraft’s new ZHEN Premium Damascus Knife Kits and Knife Scale Stock. Designed with the professional chef in mind, ZHEN Knives are the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys cooking, whether an amateur or professional, and making the high quality knives is easy with these kits. Years of Japanese knife making skill and technology go into forging the knife blades in these kits.
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I have been making scales for Zhen knives for sometime now (over 25) for ourselves and fir gifts for family and friends. I have purchased exotic woods for the scales and use my own brass and mosaic pins instead of supplied pins. just my preference. the knives stay incredibly sharp and I use a knife sharpening system to keep them that way. Nothing better to use than a sharp knife and the beauty of the Zhen knife is well appreciated.
Same steel and design as Shun Classic for 25% of t
The Shun Classic is the ideal paring knife for me. The blade and handle are the right size and balance and the blade takes and holds a razor sharp edge. The Zhen kit uses the same steel and blade shape and I get a little shop time using interesting materials for the knife scales. While I would typically use either Desert Ironwood, a true Rosewood (anything in the Dalbergia genus), or a stabilized wood, I chose a product from M3 metal that has the look of Damascus steel similar to the blade. M3 is also heavy and gave the paring knife a great feel in my hand.
Good, not great.
True knives should not bend/warp easily, if at all. I just forged my own knife and made the handles for it recently and I can't even bend it by putting my weight against it. No matter how thick the blade is, it should be pretty tough to bend. This, however, I can bend with one hand and it stays bent. If you're not looking for a high, professional quality damascus steel blade, then this ought to be great. But if you think that this blade is the best of the best and a bargain, just keep in mind that you get what you pay for. That said, it's a great way to learn to make handles for knives, and a pretty quick and easy kit/project.
This is one awesome knife! It is sharp and it a great gift for the wife. They only problem is the rivets (screws) are too long. I had to cut off each end to make them short enough to use for a paring knife. Plan on ordering your own rivets to match your scales thickness.Wish I bought more of these.
Very good buy
I purchases 4 knives and none of them had bolsters that were shaped well as they relate to the handle scale, they weren't perpendicular to the blade or even straight for that matter and required some file work for them to match up with my scales well. Also the handles all had some slight cupping that needed to be filed down. I was a little disappointed by the very light damascus stripes on the knives but I tossed them in some etching solution for a few minutes and it really made them pop. It revealed a lot more lines than were there before. Looks like a $50 blade blank now after polishing. The bolster doesn't drop down into the heel of the knife which is nice because it makes sharpening easier and lets that be used more fully. Balance point depending on the scale material will be 1/3-1/2 of the way back from the bolster. Absolute minimum handle scale size is 1/4" x 7/8" x 3 7/8" but aim for 3/8" X 1" X 4" to have some room for shaping. Handle is 1/8" thick with three holes drilled, one in the center and 1/2" from the edges of the handle. 400 grit sand paper took the lettering off the blade and a little buffing compound brought the shine right back. 180 grit paper cut the handles very quickly and left a nice satin finish. For what you get it is a pretty good value and an attractive tool once finished. Comes in a decent box that not one would feel ashamed to get as a gift.
A very nice looking knife
The steel looks great - I fitted bloodwood skins which highlight the depth of colour in the laminates - topped off with brass pins for contrast..this is a great knife which is easy to complete as a first time project. Will certainly get more
Great gift item
Got a big kiss from the wife for this one!
Looks impressive.Well made.
Easy way to experience adding scales to a knife blank. I like the blade showing the layers and it makes no difference to me that it was made in China, but I think it should have been clearly stated in the item description. I intended this as a gift and I am certain it will be appreciated.
Very nice High Quality knife
I bought a few of these for Christmas gifts and tried one out for myself. This one is made from Desert Ironwood and uses hidden rivets. This is a very simple project for most makers and gives you a high quality Damascus blade knife which will keep a razor edge for a long time.
Completes my set of Damascus blades.
execellent knife blank for the price
This is an excellent quality knife blank that should provide years of use. It looks great with a cocobolo handle.