OP-01 Paring knife


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.


Specifications:

Overall Length: 7.50"
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.

Care:

  • 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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