Remember Edge of Belgravia, the purveyor of intricate and expertly crafted kitchen knives? Well, if you believe that chef knives are more than mere pieces of sharpened steel, then you will be glad to know that the UK kitchen knife maker has a new set of knives to please the connoisseur in you. Called Kuroi Hana Japanese Knife Collection, they are, as hinted by the product name, fusion of two cultures: the meticulous craftsmanship of British chef knife designer/maker, and the supreme quality of Japanese steel known as AUS-10 that boasts a hardness range of 58-60 HRC, promising to delivery superior toughness, sharpness and good corrosion resistance.
What makes the Kuroi Hana so unique is the blade. It is no ordinary blade; it is multilayered steel, a blade-making method used by Japanese swordsmith in making Japanese samurai and Damascene sword. That’s the secret sauce. In Kuroi Hana’s instance, each blade packs 67 layers of this premium steel. And then there is, of course, the unique pattern on each knife that makes each knife a sight to behold. The pattern is the result of a forging process, with contribution in part by an etching solution. The solution seeps deep into the steel, through the layers to bring out the intricate dark floral pattern and because of this, no two blades are the same.
There are a total of six knives in the Kuroi Hana collection and these includes a 6- and a 7.5-inch Chef’s Knife, a 7.5-inch Bread Knife, a 5-inch Utility Knife, and a 4-inch Paring Knife, and they are now available via Kickstarter where a pledge of £76 (about US$100) will land you with a large Chef Knife, or for £155-192 (around US$204-252), a 3-piece Chef Knife Set. Dropping £229 (about US$302) will secure you the entire set. The campaign is many times over its funding goal of £25,000. As it stands, it is over a million pounds funded and the campaign has 12 more days on the calendar. So, if you back it, you’d be expecting it at your doorstep later this year.
Images courtesy of Edge of Belgravia.