I have done O1 core, with 15N20 and 1084 sides, even added some pure nickel for some nice bright contrast. All you steels you are useing are fine, the issue might be exposeing and keeping the core centered. Next PITA is of the core gets nice and thin, like your customer is likely going to want, and it gets to that magical temp, then the core can and likely will ripple, like the edge of a lasanga noodle! Now THAT is a PITA!
I hate it when that happens.. :) Yep I think this one will be a challenge..
Originally Posted by PierreRodrigue
Hey.. How's the "Chinese vegetable knife" coming along?
Originally Posted by HHH Knives
I did order custom size from Ashi Hamono.. 210mm but x 70mm, a 180mm x 65mm with the strict limitation that it must not weigh more than 240grams which is about the weight of a German chef knife + Balance point at the choil as teh sugimoto 4030 (stainless steel) is a little too high and heavy eventhough it clocks abt 320 grams. BUt its great for smashing garlic!
Thus in this dimension, it is a big Nakiri.
Will Catcheside just made one adn it is about this dimension adn weight. I find this to be useful size as cut/ chop and scoop in my prep. I have been able to slice beautifully through a pomfret from the nose to the tail in one straight motion an act that gives me much joy and satisfaction.
WIll Catchseide Stainless 210 Nakiri
Special hollow ground faces with polished flat double bevels make this Nakiri cut like a very thin knife yet with zero flex. Food release is also superb as a result of the geometry.
Blade length - 214 mm
Handle Length - 142mm
Height over heel - 64mm halfway 58mm At tip 47mm
Taper on spine - 3mm - 2.5mm - 1.6mm
Taper is apex of hollow - 1.25 - 1mm - 0.8mm
Balance point 30mm in front of handle.
Weight approx 240 grams.
I prefer the 210mm over the 180mm and have gifted the latter to a friend as I discovered Sugimoto does make a smaller chef knife abt 60mm Blade height adn since I am a Sugimoto man and perhaps wrongfully have a)teh Sugimoto 4030 chinese chefs knife, b)the Sugimoto 60mm x 180mm and c) the Ashi 210mm x 70mm Western handle as my kitchen Arsenal. Recently Sugimoto has relented to make a Stainless steel version CM4030 model
A Nakiri is just too short in blade height for chop and scoop cutting and mincing meat.
Have fun and stay sharp..
old Chinese only use one cleaver for everyting. But now have a big cleaver for cutting bone, a chef knife for vegetable, a peeler for carrot, a scissors for saussage...