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The iconic bestseller in 2021 and 2022 – Western Classic Damascus Chef’s Knife is back!
After being stocked out for a long time in the US, we finally have it back in our collection. Available for immediate shipping from the USA, this beautiful high-quality kitchen knife is ready and waiting for you to add it to your premium knife collection.
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The S&J Modern Western Style 8-inch Damascus Chef’s Knife is a premium model now also made available in the US market.
The core is made from the highest grade VG-10 steel and has all the features you would expect from a high-quality Damascus chef’s knife. Currently, we have it available at discounted promotional price.
There are many dimensions, materials, and grip designs of modern chef’s knives. However, small differences in the shape of the blades make them fall either under the category of French or German type of blades.
What makes the main difference is the shape of the blade:
Both types are referred to as Western types of chef’s knives.
The design of the grip is not crucial for defining either of the two types. The style can vary. However, both German and French chef’s knives are full-tang knives with riveted grips commonly made from wood, micarta, or G-10 material.
A Japanese parallel is a well-known Santoku knife, which is an Eastern type of Chef’s knife.
By following these tips, you can use your chef’s knife with confidence and efficiency in the kitchen.
DID YOU KNOW?
Before you go out and buy a chef’s knife, you should inform yourself what to look for when purchasing such a knife.
The mindless purchase of inferior goods eventually leads to more frustration and thus wasted money. If you pay attention to a few small things, you can make sure already at the purchase that you will enjoy your knife for a long time.
First, consider the handle of the knife. The materials used here already play an important role when it comes to how efficiently you can work with the knife and how long it will last.
Often either wood, plastic, or composite materials are used for the handle of cooking knives.
Pay attention to the use of high-quality materials. Pakka wood, Rosewood, Dalbergia, and Ebony are a golden standard for wooden grips while Micarta and G-10 are favorable composite materials.
The handle should be made in one piece with no chipping or cracks.
There are many designs of handles and blades. Most modern kitchen knives are designed in a way they can be comfortably held and used for a longer period of time.
The handle should be ergonomically shaped. The ergonomics of the grip brings the following advantages:
Finally, you should pay attention to the processing of the handle and blade. The entire knife must appear as one piece. There must be no grooves or holes. When cutting food, leftovers can stick inside, which can cause mold and harmful bacteria to develop.
Besides, you should carefully examine the blade of the knife.
For easy maintenance and hygienic reasons, the knife should have a glossy surface, regardless if it is stainless steel, Damascus, or hammered steel. This indicates that the chef’s knife was not only honed but also polished. A glossy finish ensures that the blade is optimally protected against rust and moisture damage.
The materials play a significant role in buying the right knife. The handle and the blade should only be made of high-quality, durable materials. The quality of the materials used determines how long you will enjoy the chosen chef’s knife.
The preferred steel hardness for a beginner should reach levels at around 60 HRC. The most popular and widely used steels for kitchen chef knives are nowadays VG-10, AUS-10, and 10Cr15CoMoV.
Blades made from these types of steel are hard but not brittle and can be ground to a razor-sharp finish.
The prices of chef’s knives vary and have a wide range.
Depending on the production process, type of steel and materials, design features, and brand, the upper range custom-made chef’s knives can reach prices even up to $5.000. On the other hand you can get cheap stainless steel stamped knives in just about any store for even as low as $20. Of course, there is a big difference in quality between these two price ranges.
The significant advantage of Damascus steel chef’s knives is that you can nowadays get very decent kitchen knives at reasonable prices already in a $100 range.
Anyone who wants to put together his kitchen equipment or upgrade it stands in front of a decision whether he should get one or more chef’s knives, or will rely only on individual special knives.
The advantage of having a of chef’s knife is its universal application. The same knife can be used for different ingredients and applications, making a change of tools unnecessary. This can be a considerable relief, especially after a stressful working day. Also, chef’s knives are available in different lengths and widths so that everyone will find the right knife for their hands and their needs. Besides, they do not have to be expensive – the chef’s knives are already available at an affordable price and are, therefore, easy on the budget.
However, the chef’s knife as a universal tool can also be a disadvantage. A knife that is used for different ingredients wears out faster. Not only that, the various structures can attack the cutting surfaces, but the blade is also used more frequently. With that in mind, cheap models require more intensive care because they become dull faster and must be re-sharpened more regularly.