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"Concordia" chef's knife in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Poppy Jasper gemstone handle, Amerian Black Walnut stand inlaid with Poppy Jasper gemstone
"Concordia" chef's knife, obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Poppy Jasper gemstone handle
"Concordia" Fine Chef's Knife
  • Size (Knife): Length overall: 14.0" (35.6 cm), Blade Length (at cutting edge): 9.0" (22.9 cm), Thickness: .127" (3.2 mm)
  • Size (Stand with knife): 9.5" (24.1 cm) tall, 4.75" (12.1 cm) wide, 12.75" (32.4 cm) long
  • Weight: Knife: 17 oz. (482 grams) Stand: 1 lb., 5.0 oz.(595 grams)
  • Blade: 440C High Chromium Martensitic Stainless Tool Steel, Cryogenically treated, Hardened and Tempered to Rockwell C59, mirror polished
  • Fittings/Bolsters: 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel, mirror polished
  • Handle: Polished Poppy Jasper Gemstone (India)
  • Stand: American Black Walnut, Ash Hardwoods, Poppy Jasper Gemstone Cabochon Inlays, Neoprene Feet
  • Knife: The Concordia is named for the Roman goddess of harmony, and this Concordia has found itself a great home. This is a large, professional grade chef's knife, classically designed and made for the most demanding use while being original, unique, and beautiful. I made the blade in 440C high chromium stainless steel, with a deep and full accurate hollow grind for an incredibly thin cutting edge and plenty of flat spine to support it, while being lightweight enough to use comfortably. The point has a classic Sabatier profile for piercing and the curve of the blade is just right for chopping and mincing. This blade will perform flawlessly, the very best blade possible for this application. I've cryogenically treated the blade, with a tremendous 60 hour long cryogenic soak for the greatest conversion to martensite, and profuse carbides for extremely high wear resistance. The blade was triple tempered with deep cryogenic soaking in between for great thermal conditioning and excellent toughness. This is the toughest, most wear resistant, most corrosion resistant condition this fine martensitic high chromium steel can possibly be, and the edge is thin, razor-keen, and resilient. I've left the spine clean and smooth for easy cleaning and comfort, and the tang is fully tapered for balance. The knife is bolstered with zero-care 304 high nickel, high chromium austenitic stainless steel, with the front bolster extending along the spine to give great aid when choking up on the top of the blade with an overhand, spine grip. The bolsters are smoothed, rounded, contoured, and polished, cleanly and tightly permanently mounted to the blade and tang with zero-clearance peened pins. They are are dovetailed to bed a pair of Poppy Jasper gemstone handle scales. While there are several kinds of Poppy Jaspers, this is a rather rare type from India, from old lapidary stock and not available any more. It's a hard, tough, cryptocrystalline quartz, with very hard "poppies" in light pink, with dark red centers. I've selected, cut, carved, and finished a great looking pair of handle scales; they are tough and will outlast the blade. I've refined them to a bright, glassy polish, and they are rounded and smoothed for comfort. Gemstone is an eternal material, requiring no care whatever, maintaining its finish, appearance, and usefulness longer than any other material. The knife feels substantial in the hand, with the balance point exactly at the heel of the blade. When gripped with an overhand spine pinch, this large knife feels light and maneuverable, smooth and fresh, ready for any chef's task. A simple rinse is all it usually takes to clean the bright, polished surface in most functions. It's simply made for preparation, accurate cutting, slicing, mincing, and dicing, for generations. A true family knife.
  • Stand: A knife this substantial needed a commensurate stand, and for this unique creation, I designed a very special piece. Using the round motif of the poppy patterns in the gemstone handle, I created a bold form of circular curves in American Black Walnut and American Ash hardwoods to sleeve the blade completely. The design features an elegant and simple "drop" insertion internal slot, so that the knife heel drops a bit when it's properly found home. This is not a rigid lock, but allows two things: one is that the user knows when the knife is properly nested in the block because it drops into position, and secondly, inhibits the knife from simply sliding out of the block should the block be tilted. The knife slides on the very tough and durable American Ash hardwood spine, and has to be slightly lifted to be removed from the slot in a gentle, natural move. To create a wide and stable base, I turned two pillars of American Black Walnut into compound round forms and split them and mounted them on the central block. The cloud-like form needed to reflect the Poppy Jasper in the handle so I cut, shaped, and polished six cabochons of the Indian Poppy Jasper and inlaid them in the Walnut sides. I sealed the woods with Tung and Danish oil, and coated the entire stand with sunlight-resistant polyurethane for easy wipe-off cleaning. I mounted six neoprene feet in the base, so that any surface the stand sits on is protected, and air can circulate beneath the wood to keep it elevated off of wet countertops. The stand is lightweight yet very stable, smooth, sealed, tidy, and neat.
  • This is a striking, unique, and beautiful work of art, an essential tool, in tremendous premium materials and condition, ready for generations of delicious masterpieces. Welcome to the family!

Thanks and Contratulations, E. and E. B. !

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"Concordia" chef's knife in stand view. Stand is American Black Walnut and Ash hardwoods "Concordia"  chef's knife, spine and stand view. Central sleeve is American Ash, a very hard, durable wood "Concordia"  chef's knife, reverse side view in stand. Poppy jasper gemstone cabochons adorn the sides of the walnut wood form "Concordia'  sabatier style chef's knife, reverse side view in stand. Round black walnut stands keep base stable and secure. "Concordia"  chef's knife, handle block view. Knife is in drop-locked slot for security "Concordia" chef's knife block detail. Stand is American Black Walnut inlaid with cabochons of Indian Poppy Jasper gemstone "Concordia"  chef's knife, stand detail. Stand reflects rounded forms of poppies and curves, is dressed, smoothed and sealed "Concordia"  chef's knife, knife in stand detail. Drop lock secures knife in stand with simple, elegant motion. "Concordia" chef's knife, stand reverse side view. Matched polished cabochons of Poppy Jasper gemstone reflect handle scales and bring the artwork together. "Concordia" chef's knife, obverse side stand base detail. Rounded pillars of the base in American Black Walnut are stable and strong. "Concordia"  chef's knife, user's view. Knife is elegant and bold, a work of culinary art. "Concordia"  chef's knife, reverse side knife view. Long, polished and accurate hollow grind offers a superior cutting edge and a thick spine offers strength. "Concordia"  chef's knife, spine view. Spine and back are smooth and polished, comfortable and easy to clean. Bolsters are dovetailed, locking handle scales to the tang. "Concordia"  chef's knife, inside handle tang view. Handle is contoured, rounded, smoothed and polished for a comfortable grip "Concordia" chef's knife, obverse side view. handle has a slight belly and rear quillon for support conforming to the hand, all stainless steel is easy to clean and maintain, requiring zero care. "Concordia" reverse side view. Good heel drop keeps fingers off the board, offering an extremely sharp, long lasting tool steel edge "Concordia" chef's knife, obverse side gemstone handle detail. Poppy jasper from India is a rare find, with bright, colorful and rich "Poppies" in eternal stone. "Concordia"  chef's knife, reverse side handle detail. Poppy Jasper is intruiging and beautiful, outlasting the blade and every owner! It's tough and durable and smooth and glassy. "Concordia"  chef's knife, obverse side view. Knife is traditional in form, Sabatier French style of blade, with a 9" long cutting edge in razor-keen stainless tool steel "Concordia" chef's knife, heel and handle butt view. Handle is smooth and polished, tightly fitted and sealed, heel drop is good and deep, keeping fingers off the board "Concordia"  chef's knife, maker's mark. Diamond engraved mark in high carbide, high martensite triple tempered stainless tool steel

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