I would like to run a batch of these in the next 2-3 weeks. I need to raise some funds before vacation, and custom orders have been painfully slow (I understand now why Carter got out of custom business altogether). Working on one size, one type knife , preferably one type handle will offer some economy of scale and efficiency, and I would like to do that in addition to other work that I will do this month.
I ground a prototype of each knife (pics posted shortly, just need to work a bit more on the finish). Profiles are on a flatter side, to simplify sharpening, the knives are true single bevel with a hollow back, a purpose of which is to keep the edge thin during future sharpening and thinning sessions, rather than for food separation.
These would be offered in 52100 and A2 steel and heat treated for a good balance of sharpness, edge retention and toughness. A2 will not get as sharp as 52100, but would hold edge longer, while 52100 will have a very good wear resistance, so here is something to accommodate most people's preferences (not stainless option at this time). Both will respond well to stropping.
For handle material I will use cocobolo or ebony. No other wood will be considered and no sayas will be offered.
Hand-rubbed finish on both steels to 600grit.
The 135mm hybrid petty/honesuki is a good knife for working around joints on a poultry, in-hand work on fruits and vegetables and some light petty work. 150mm honesuki is a true honesuki, but I will grind it thinner and lighter than most honesukis I have handled.
Edges on both will be too think to cut through bones, but that's not the purpose of either of this knife. I also can beef up the edge if desired.
For handles I would prefer to use my metal tip construction - the most sanitary of all (you will be dealing with proteins), even though it's also the most complex and requires more time.
They will be priced at $240 for 135mm and $260 for 150mm. Given the amount of work that will go into these (heat treatment, grind, fit and finish, handle complexity) I think prices are fair.
Shipping will be extra.
Please fill out the form (click on link below) if you are interested in getting one, so I get an idea about preferences and quantities.
Ready Made Petty/Honesuki & Honesuki