NORA #1111 - CTS-XHP Chef - Black | White
- Blade Type: Chef
- Blade Length: 8.5 Inches
- Total Length: 13 Inches
- Handle Style: Western | Right or Left Hand Use
- Steel: CTS-XHP Stainless Steel
- Handle Materials: White G10, Black G10 Liner, Acrylic Based White/Black Stripes, Black Carbon Fiber Pins
- Rockwell Hardness: 62 HRC
- Grind Type: Hybrid Full Flat
- Weight: 9.2 oz
- This Blade is Ground...
- Thin for Performance (best 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
NORA #1111 is 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. Our handle is longer than many other knives on the market which makes it 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.
Please note that we handmake each knife and we make different knives for different preferences. Some people like very light, nimble knives and others like a bit more weight in their knives to help with some of the heavier tasks in the kitchen. This particular knife is on the heavier side. The G10 that comprises the majority of this handle is heavier than most materials that we use and it makes for a nice, weighty knife. Again, weight is a very personal thing and each person is different. If you like your knives heavier, this will be a great fit.
CTS-XHP Stainless Steel
This knife blade is made from CTS-XHP stainless steel which is a premium stainless steel that we rarely offer because it is fairly hard to source. This steel has excellent durability for a stainless steel and it also can be taken to a fairly high hardness at 62 HRC. A higher hardness generally translates to greater edge retention and sharpness which is why this is such a sought after steel. Besides this, the actual stain resistance on this stainless is high. This may seem counter-intuitive as it is a "stainless" steel but many other stainless steels have a tendency to form small rust spots. They are "stainless," but just barely.
In a nutshell, this steel has a great combination of performance, durability and stain resistance. You're not sacrificing one for the other which is nice when it comes to kitchen use.
Handle Design & Materials:
Every one of our knives is handmade, numbered and unique. This NORA knife, number #1111, has been handled with a clean mix of materials including White G10 and acrylic based stripes of white and black in the middle. We liked the simple, graphic pattern that was created and the durability of the G10 is second to none. This knife will see you through decades worth of use and the handle will continue to look great.
The knife is finished with a Black G10 liner and black carbon fiber pins that align with the overall color scheme. This is a clean & simple design that will age well and look good in pretty much any kitchen.