NORA #1517 - 7.5" Chef - 01 Carbon Steel - WORKHORSE - Dazed & Confused
PLEASE BE AWARE - THIS IS A CARBON STEEL KNIFE. THIS IS NOT A STAINLESS STEEL KNIFE. A CARBON STEEL KNIFE WILL FORM A PATINA ON THE KNIFE AND IS PRONE TO RUST IF NOT CARED FOR PROPERLY.
- Blade Type: Chef Knife
- Blade Length: 7.5 Inches
- Total Length: 13 Inches
- Handle Style: Western | Right or Left Hand Use
- Steel: O1 Carbon Steel
- Rockwell Hardness: 61 HRC
- Grind Type: Workhorse Grind - Three Separate Bevels, blended
- Weight: .58 lbs.
- Handle Materials: Stabilized Cherry Wood, Cherry Red Liners, stainless steel pins, tri-stripe G10 accent piece with dark red, cherry red and orange G10 used
- This Blade is Ground...
- Thin for Performance (Great Performance but somewhat delicate)
- Thick for Durability (tough, built to last for heavy wear-n-tear)
- >>> Mid-Range with Special Geometry (specially ground for food release and glide but blade is kept slightly thicker for durability)
- This Knife Feels...
- Heavy in Hand (hefty, durable)
- Light (nimble, maneuverable)
- >>> Not too heavy, not too light (Switzerland)
GENERAL USES OF THIS KNIFE
Our take on the classic Chef knife. This is an extremely versatile knife that is a jack-of-all-trades worker and one of the single most important knives in a kitchen. Our Chef knife design can easily accommodate both a pinch grip and a full hold. It is a good choice for those with larger hands or those who prefer a full hold on the handle. Our design is also excellent for those who like a rocking motion while cutting.
We would categorize this knife's grind as a workhorse grind. This is the grind we most frequently use on our knives because it represents the best combination we have found between performance and durability.
We keep the spine on these knives slightly thicker but we add three separate bevels into the blade to aid in food release and ease of cutting. This is a great, all-purpose grind and will serve most people well but it should not be used on excessively hard objects, most typically bones and frozen food.
01 Carbon Steel
The blade on this knife is composed of a high carbon O1 tool steel with a hand-sanded, satin finish. O1 tool steel is a great all around choice for carbon steel as it is easily sharpened and the fine grain structure produces a very sharp edge. It is also an economical alternative to some of the more expensive Japanese carbon steels while offering similar benefits and a more hardy steel. HRC hardness on this knife comes in at a solid 61.
As this is a carbon steel, the blade will form a slight patina over time. This is normal and actually the mark of a beautifully used knife. Please note, however, that a carbon steel knife does require more maintenance than its stainless steel counterpart, mainly that it must be washed or wiped clean shortly after each use to prevent unwanted rust or stains.
HANDLE DESIGN & MATERIALS:
Every one of our knives is handmade, numbered and unique. The number on each knife represents the production order our small company. As such, if you have NORA #1000, that knife represents the 1,000th knife made here at NORA knives.
This NORA knife has been handled with a beautiful piece of stabilized American cherry wood and we accented it with a small G10 piece that has been layered in three colors: dark red, cherry red and orange. The color scheme reminds us of a pair of school gym shorts from the 70's, hence our name for the knife. We like the clean, classic wood accented with this punchy color scheme.
Wood stabilization is an added feature that we offer with our knives. Wood that is stabilized has been injected with a clear acrylic resin under a vacuum process. Stabilization helps to minimize, if not eliminate, any cracking, warping, shrinkage and/or expanding of the material. Stabilized wood will not absorb water and is generally impervious to oils. The process helps to ensure your knife has a long lifespan in the kitchen.