10" Chef's Knife - Damascus Steel - Jonas Blade & Metalworks %

10″ Chef’s Knife – Damascus Steel

$1,000.00

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Blade: 10″ Texas wind high carbon damascus steel

Handle: 5.5″ Stabilized & dyed (brown) curly maple

The chef’s knife is arguably the single most useful and versatile tool of the chef’s trade, and this one is meant for every-day duty. I assure you, there’s nothing average about it. This knife will feel immediately different to you, the moment you take it to hand. It will take a finer edge and hold it for longer than anything you can buy in a store.

I based my initial design for each of my chef’s knives on the knives I found myself reaching for in my own kitchen, and I have spent much of a decade fine tuning and refining each one. My designs are a fusion of culinary traditions, drawing on French, German, and Japanese styles. The blades are shaped deliberately, with plenty of run for chopping, graceful curvature for slicing, and fine points for more delicate work. There is a pronounced distal taper along the length of the blade, which makes the point very fine indeed, and the heel comfortably robust. I test the rocking motion along each edge to make sure that the ergonomics are there.

My dad likes to say, “Once you use one of these, you’ll put all of your other knives away.” And he has, too.

Like nearly all of my work, the blade of this knife is made of hand forged high carbon steel. It will rust if you leave it wet for too long, but if you wash and dry it after each use you’ll find that this is an heirloom quality tool that will long outlast any of us.

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High Carbon Steel

Nearly all of my knives are made using high carbon steel. It is superior to stainless steel in almost every way, but you need to know how to take care of it. It is important to understand what you’re buying.

Want something custom?

If you would like to discuss a custom order, send me a message here to start the conversation. Your email will come to me, and I will respond personally. Tell me as much as you can about what you envision so that I can begin to frame the project in my mind, and we’ll go from there. 

Pricing on custom work ranges from $100 on up to $10,000 and more, depending primarily on the complexity of the piece. 

Lead time (i.e. when the knife might be complete) depends on what I have on my books at the moment, but in most cases 6 months is a safe guess. 

Jonas Blade & Metalworks Owner and Founder

Zack Jonas

“As a bladesmith, I get to explore the balance of form and function through the endless variety of mankind’s oldest and most useful tool. My craft pushes me every day to learn more and work harder. I love the immediacy of seeing beautiful, useful objects take shape in my hands.” – Zack

Artist's Statement

I stole my mom’s paring knife when I was 10. 

I hid it under the sofa in the basement. I never cut anything with it, just took it out and admired it from time to time. If I’m honest, ten-year-old me felt empowered by the feel of it in my hand. And if I’m really honest, I still do. It has never been about the power to do violence with a blade—although I do think it’s important for me as a maker to respect that potential—but there is just something about knives that I find compelling.

Think about it. Every culture in the world has used knives since long before recorded history, and they are useful in nearly every sphere of human endeavor. You’ve probably used one at least once already today. Knives are simply a feature of our existence in the world we inhabit.

As a bladesmith, I get to explore the balance of form and function through the endless variety of mankind’s oldest and most useful tool. My craft pushes me every day to learn more and work harder. I love the immediacy of seeing beautiful, useful objects take shape in my hands.

– Zack Jonas

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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