The first design that I've produced is a simple paring knife, inspired by one shown in the Four & Twenty Blackbirds cookbook and discussed further in my first knife-making post. Small and sharp, the prototype has become my most-used knife. The spine is straight and flows from the handle allowing it to be used for scraping items from a cutting board.
A stainless steel is used to provide an easier to maintain blade. The blades are also magnetic for use with a magnetic knife rack.
|Blade Length||3.32" - full tang|
|Steel||CPM-154 stainless (datasheet)|
|Hardness ~ 60 HRC|
|Handle Material||Micarta, G10, or Walnut; Brass pins are used in all handles.|
- Hand washing recommended (this is true of all knives), movement in the dishwasher can cause damage to the blade.
- Do not use on hard surfaces (glass, stone, etc.) - this will cause damage to the blade. I recommend plastic or wood cutting boards.
- The walnut handle on some knives will need to be periodically treated with a butcher-block oil.
- Beekeeper's Gold (a beeswax and mineral oil blend) was used on the initial treatment.
- Periodically, the knife will need to be sharpened. ; a 20° bevel was used.
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