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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

The Blade of a Knife

At a minimum, a knife has two parts: something that cuts, and something to hold; a blade, and a handle. A handle is simple and straightforward, just something you can hold onto with some degree of security and comfort. Back in the Stone Age, the earliest cutting tools were just chipped stone, the blade and. . . Read More

The Magic Of Forged Steel

Centuries before I was born, blacksmiths were regarded with reverence and wonder by the communities they served. In some cultures, like the Celts across Europe, and the Samurai of Japan, the work of the smith’s craft was perceived as near magic. Hardenable steel was literally the cutting edge of technology, and men who could take. . . Read More

Damascus Steel Care

Caring For Your Damascus Steel Knife And Blade   If you’ve ever seen a knife made of handmade damascus steel, I don’t need to tell you how exciting the material is. There is something innate in us that almost automatically makes one wonder, “how did that pattern come to be?” I’ll let you in on. . . Read More

The Best Chefs Knife

If you google the words “best chef’s knife”, you’ll see a selection of knives that look fairly similar to the untrained eye. The differences between one and the next will be subtle—a bit more curvature to the edge, a slightly narrower handle, maybe a different finish to the steel—but in most cases these subtle differences. . . Read More