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"Arctica" obverse side view in CPM154CM powder metal technology tool steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Coyote/Black G10 fiberglass/epoxy composite laminate handle, locking kydex, anodized aluminum, stainless steel sheath
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Sanchez

"Sanchez" chef's knife in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Lapis Lazuli gemstone handle, courbaril (Jatoba) exotic hardwood, Poplar hardwood, black galaxy granite base
"Sanchez" small boning, chef's knife in 440C high chromium cryogenically treated stainless steel blade, 304 austenitic stainless steel bolsters, Lapis Lazuli gemstone  handle
"Sanchez" Custom Chef's Knife
  • Size: Length overall: 9.875" (25.1 cm), Blade Length:5.75" (14.6 cm), Thickness: .179" (4.6 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 8.0 oz. (227 grams) Stand: 2 lbs., 15 oz. (1.33 kilograms)
  • Blade: 440C high chromium martensitic stainless steel, mirror polished, hardened and tempered using cryogenic process to 59HRC
  • Bolsters, Fittings: 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel, mirror polished
  • Handle: Lapis Lazuli gemstone, Afghanistan
  • Stand: Courbaril (Jatoba) exotic hardwood, Poplar hardwood, Black Galaxy Granite (India), neoprene, stainless steel fasteners
  • Knife: The Sanchez is a popular mid-sized knife, designed with and named for the man who wanted a reasonable working knife for the kitchen, for boning, medium-sized work, but with enough point and cutting edge to be highly versatile without being overly long or wide. I've made the Sanchez in a variety of ways over the years, but this is probably the most striking piece. It is a custom knife, made for a great client who requested and supplied the gorgeous Lapis Lazuli gemstone that handles the knife. This is Afghanistan Lapis, the rock of the ages, of historic and biblical reference, one of the most beautiful gemstones on earth. It's not a mineral, but actually a rock, a mixture of minerals lazurite, hauynite, sodalite, noselite, with pyrite, calcite, diopside, feldspar, and mica. Because it's a rock, it tends to dig out and undercut (removing the softer components in the finish), so it's difficult to achieve a bright, glassy polish on this rock, taking many steps and careful process. The intense color of this stone is entirely natural; it was not treated in any way, and I carefully oriented each scale so that the densest region of pyrite was against the tang, and the most intensely blue part of the stone is at the forefront of display. The lapis is bordered by bright, mirror polished bolsters of 304 austenitic stainless steel, with 18 percent chromium and 8 percent nickel, and the most carefree, tough, and durable bolster material possible. The bolsters are contoured and blend seamlessly with the handle scales, and all the handle surfaces are rounded, smoothed and polished for a luscious grip and feel. The blade is a full tang blade of a favorite steel requested by my clients for its high durability, great wear resistance and toughness, and extremely high corrosion resistance in the kitchen, 440C. This is not a typical 440C blade; I gave it my absolute best heat treatment with a 40 hour long cryogenic soak for the maximum creation of hard carbides throughout the structure, and the blade is triple tempered with deep cryogenic thermal cycling at -325°F staging in between tempers. This creates an extremely stable, highly wear resistant, tough, and durable blade, the best this steel can be. I polished the blade to a bright mirror finish, it's fully fileworked with simple vine pattern completely around the fully tapered tang, and set with a razor keen cutting edge. This knife feels perfect in the hand; it's smooth and comfortable, and the balance point is right at the front bolster to handle scale junction.
  • Stand: My client requested a simple stand for this knife, and I wanted to make one that would compliment the knife, elevating the handle for display and access, without drawing attention from the striking gemstone. The stand form I carved in a simple scroll shape from Poplar hardwood, with an outer frame of Courbaril. The poplar is a forgiving wood, which creates a gentle place for the blade and cutting edge to rest, while bringing a bright line contrast to the center axis of the carved wood form. The Courbaril (also known as Jatoba, Copal, Algarrobo and Guapinal) is an extremely dense and hard wood, and difficult to work with. This is a wood that is used in striking tool handles, it's tough and very resilient. I hand-sanded and finished the wood to a high luster, and waxed it for a clear, clean, and natural finish. The wood scroll form is mounted with stainless steel screws to a weighty and stable base of Black Galaxy Granite from India, polished throughout, and set with neoprene feet for scratch resistance on any surface it rests on.
  • A striking, beautiful custom made blend of stone, steel, and wood for any kitchen or collection.

Thanks, J. E.!



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"Sanchez" obverse side view, custom knife in hardwood stand with Lapis Lazuli gemstone handle "Sanchez" custom knife, stand elevates handle and complimenary display while giving a beautiful resting place for this unique knife "Sanchez" custom chef, kitchen knife is mid-sized, useful for most cutting chores, complimenting any kitchen "Sanchez" custom knife in hardwod block of courbaril hardwood contrasted with poplar, all natural color and simple hand-waxed finish "Sanchez" custom knife, rich blue striking color of Afghanistan lapis contrasting with bright mirror polished stainless steel "Sanchez" custom knife, stand view. Stand base is heavy and stable block of polished Black Galaxy Granite from India "Sanchez" custom handmade knife, handle form detail is smooth and inviting, with all surfaces rounded and contoured "Sanchez" custom knife stand detail. Base is polished black galaxy granite from India, hard courbaril hardwood contrasts nicely with poplar in an all-waxed finish "Sanchez" custom handmade knife on stand detail. Knife has a fully tapered tang, simple vine filework, and gorgeous lapis lazuli gemstone handle "Sanchez" custom  handmade knife, above view. Clean execution, simple form with striking color and contrast in this unique knife. "Sanchez" reverse side view, custom handmade knife with cyrogenically treated high chromium martensitic hypereutectoid stainless steel blade for ultimate wear resistance and toughness with high corrosion resistance "Sanchez" spine edgework, filework detail. Full filework graces the tapered tang, bolsters are dovetailed to lock the bedded gemstone handle scales to the tang. "Sanchez" fine custom handmade knife, inside handle tang view. All surfaces are smoothed, contoured, and polished, gemstone handle has pyrite inclusions against the tang for visual interest while blue face is predominant on the larger handle surface. "Sanchez" obverse side view, custom handmade knife, handle detail. Lapis lazuli is a beautiful rich blue gemstone valued through the ages "Sanchez" reverse side gemstone handle detial. Sparkles of pyrite in Afghanistan Lapis gemstone handle, polished and lustrous rock and stainless steel.

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