Brian Hanson Paring 80mm - V-Toku/Stainless
These knives from Brian Hanson are designed with chefs in mind, but would be just as wonderful to use in any home kitchen. Brian is an ex-chef turned knife maker, and you can really see his experience in the kitchen come through in his work, not just works of art, but blades you WANT to use.
The outer layers are made from tough, rust resistant stainless steel, and the core cutting edge is V-Toku, an excellent carbon steel made by Takefu Special Steel in Japan. He hand forges each robust blade with beautiful distal taper and then grinds them in the Japanese style with large wide bevels on each side, and he leaves some of the hammer marks and scales from the forging process. A final acid wash gives the core steel a distinct patina and offers contrast to the finish knife. The blades have octagon shaped handles made with California Walnut and African Blackwood, and he leaves a nice amount of room between the handle and blade for a choked up pinch grip. These knives are very thin behind the edge for minimal wedging, and are very easy to sharpen on whetstones. We also find this steel to be responsive to a ceramic honing rod, which is a plus for any busy cook that needs that tomato popping edge back in the moment.
Boxed. Hand forged in Arlington, Washington
Blade Material: V-Toku Carbon Steel core with Stainless Cladding
Handle: California Walnut, African Black Wood ferrule
Hardness: 64 HRC
Blade Length: 3.125" (80mm)
Overall Length: 6.625" (194mm)
Height at Heel: 26mm
Thickness of Spine at Heel: 2.7mm
Weight: 2 oz.
*Weights and measurements may vary from piece to piece*