I've spent most of my career cooking in some of the best restaurants in Chicago. I've always valued my knives, but it wasn't until I started learning how to sharpen them that I truly began to understand the nuances and beauty of high quality kitchen knives.
As a chef instructor for the past few years, I taught all kinds of culinary techniques to anyone from casual home cooks to seasoned chefs. The most basic and rewarding lesson is knife skills. Through knife skills, I learned to articulate why a knife is so important to any type of cook, from why it's critical to select the type of steel to the importance of edge geometry. Knives come in endless combinations of materials and aesthetics, but in the end they are basically a piece of steel with a handle on it. That's why the details of a knife is so essential.
A knife can affect every aspect of your work in a kitchen, so it's importance can't be overstated. A sharp knife can take the drudgery out of prep work, affect how your food tastes, and how long it lasts.
I value knife performance over everything. However, one lesson I've always imparted to my students is: No matter what job your knife is doing, it must look cool while doing it!
I use 1084 and 52100 steel on the knives. Both are high quality, high carbon cutlery steels. These steels can take a very sharp edge and are relatively easy to keep sharp. Care must be taken when using carbon steel as it can be damaged by misuse. Some discoloration and patina will happen, but it's a good thing! Patina can add a lot of character and will help protect your knife.
Carbon steels can rust or pit if left wet. Best practice is to make sure the knives are clean and dry when you finish using them.
For more information please visit the Knife Care page!
I use a wide variety of materials for my knife handles from simple wood handles to combinations of synthetic materials with wood and metal. All of the handle material is stabilized when necessary. Do you have a unique look or vision you're going for? Just ask, and we can make it happen!