I'm beyond excited to share with you something I've been waiting almost two years to see realized, and I am very flattered that Will wanted to work with me on a knife!
Catcheside & Burke 190mm Utility
This is not a knife for my personal use, this is a prototype. We will be making small batches of these together in the future.
The design is my own, I created this to be the most useful knife possible in a small package. It embodies everything I want to see in a knife like this, from ease of maintenance to knuckle clearance. I could use a knife like this exclusively in a kitchen, and not want for anything but a slicer.
A kicker from what you would guess at first glance--it's stainless! It is a steel that I am not sure we can disclose, only that it is very similar to AEB-L, but with some additional alloying elements. I am not sure I have ever used a forge-finish monosteel stainless knife before, and I'm pumped that this one is the first. Will is responsible for executing the design brilliantly, finding the best steel, and basically making one of my dreams come true.
I have not put it through the paces yet, and I will post more detailed pictures with measurements/etc after the fact. I'm just so excited that I had to share. So excited that I got it at about 1pm yesterday with nothing but a bare tang and I made 2 mockup handles, 3 test sheaths, and the ones that you see in the picture by 6:30pm.
The sheath is some sweet Walnut and the handle is Stabilized Claro Walnut Burl and Hard Maple. It's also not the final handle, because it is too narrow. I got a wild hair to try a low-profile handle, and it's just over half an inch thick. I like it, but it needs to be thicker for this knife, so I'm keeping it and making another, same materials.
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