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What Are Steel Blades?

More than two million years ago, our early ancestors began using rocks as tools. These were initially simple and unrefined, mainly used for blunt impact work, but over the millennia they evolved into much more specific and elegant forms, including sharp cutting tools. Stone remained the pinnacle of material technology all the way up until. . . Read More

Who Makes The Top Chef’s Knife In The World? 

I will give you an unhelpful hint: not me.  The world’s top chef knife maker in the world is, without a doubt, Bob Kramer. His pricing starts at $1000 per inch, and his wait list was 15 years long when I asked him about 8 years ago. His knives regularly sell at auction for tens. . . Read More

Is That Chef Knife Really Damascus?

    When I exhibit my work at shows, there is a subset of people who approach to defend the virtue of “true” damascus steel. They contend that the modern version of it is a different animal, and it should in fact be called “pattern welded steel” instead. It is difficult to say precisely where. . . Read More

What Makes A High End Kitchen Knife?

Have you ever walked down the baking aisle in a supermarket? Generally, somewhere in between the flours, the spices, and the cake and brownie mixes, you will find a few shelves full of baking trays and a rack with a selection of kitchen tools and gadgets. Somewhere on that rack, usually somewhere higher up, will. . . Read More

Consider This When Buying A Chef’s Knife

What are thoughts to consider when buying chef’s knives? It is probably not a question most people have spent much time thinking about, but there is plenty to sink your teeth into.  Imagine yourself cooking professionally, in the kitchen of a high-end restaurant. You get to work at 11:00am each morning. You spend the first. . . Read More

What Is The Hype With Damascus Kitchen Knives?

Kitchen knives made of damascus are enjoying a surge in popularity right now. With the perennial popularity of cooking shows–I can remember my way back to Julia Child reruns when I was a kid–and the burgeoning universe of food blogs and fine dining restaurants, it was only a matter of time before the culinary world. . . Read More

High Carbon Chef Knife

A high quality carbon steel chef knife is a beautiful thing. I won’t bore you with the merits of high carbon steel again; suffice it to say, it’s good stuff. It’s better stuff than what you’re used to if, like most people, you’ve lived your life under the assumption that store-bought stainless steel cutlery is. . . Read More

Forged Kitchen Knife Set

For most people, kitchen knives are a set of almost passive items in their home; something taken for granted, like furniture. Many couples use a set of knives they received as a wedding gift years or decades past. It was an upgrade from the mismatched chef knife and paring knife they got for their first. . . Read More

The Damascus In A Chef’s Knife

The first episode of Forged in Fire aired six years ago in 2015. Back then, while there was a vibrant, growing community of custom knife makers, the proper term for us, “bladesmiths,” was known by only a select few higher end collectors. Likewise, outside of certain circles, not many people had ever heard of damascus. . . Read More

Crafting a Knife

Crafting a knife is always an adventure for me. I start out with a nondescript bar of steel, a block of wood, and maybe a few other bits and pieces, and then I end up with something that is beautiful, elegant, and useful. A lot has to happen in the middle, and the longer I’ve. . . Read More



Learn about the process

Come take a peek behind the curtains and learn a little bit about the work that goes into my knives.

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About Zack Jonas

I won’t bore you with my whole life story, but if you would like to know a little more about me, here’s the abridged version.

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