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Thread: Thomas, Keller, Jim, & Martell - A KKF Collaboration

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    Thomas, Keller, Jim, & Martell - A KKF Collaboration

    This project started off about 2 yrs ago (?) with Jim, our esteemed admin, ordering a gyuto from me (this was the 8th knife order I received). Jim had a vision for his Martell gyuto....he wanted me to make a larger size than I had done before (a 270mm), he wanted a Stefan Keller custom handle (that would match his other 2 Martell knives with Stefan handles on them), and he wanted the steel to be damascus from Devin Thomas. A KKF collaboration was born!

    I am very happy with the results and I don't feel this way often. The grind of the blade came out about as perfect as I can hope to do, the steel was a treat to work with, and Stefan's handles are a work of art that is like putting icing on the cake.

    The steel used is a combination of 52100 & 15n20....yes you read that correctly. Can you say double high carbon?
    And to make sure that the steel gives up it's maximum performance we had the Boss Hoss do the heat treat on it so we know it's going to kick ass.

    If there's one thing that I'm upset with it's the quality of the pictures I'm showing here, I just couldn't capture the beauty of the depth of the damascus pattern. It's so frustrating to see in person how the pattern moves and looks 3D and then looks so flat on the screen. I took about 80 pictures and these are the best.

    Well I hope that I did my part in this project, I know that Stefan, Devin, and Jim did theirs, I'm thankful for having been given the chance to work with these guys.

    Here ya go's all yours.....
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    Senior Member NO ChoP!'s Avatar
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    I really like the look of your profile in the 270 length...awesome collabo everyone!
    The difference between try and triumph is a little "umph"! NO EXCUSES!!!!!!!

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    Senior Member EdipisReks's Avatar
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    I really like the profile of that, too. awesome work all around!

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    Senior Member KCMande's Avatar
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    Cape Cod, MA
    Stunning the say the least

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    Senior Member Justin0505's Avatar
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    Minneapolis, MN

    That's a grail knife if ever there was one. Fantastic flippin' work by everyone involved (but no real surprise there). My hat off to Jim too for having the vision to come up with this knife and the coercive powers to make it actually happen.
    "I gotta tell ya, this is pretty terrific. Ha hahaha, YEAH!" - Moe (w/ 2 knives).

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    Umm, those pics look pretty awesome. If the knife looks that much better in person, I'm not sure what else there is to say. Nice teamwork to everyone involved.

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    Senior Member labor of love's Avatar
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    yeah...everything about that knife is sweet. martell in a 270mm size is very cool.

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    Beauty Dave! Planning any others or was this a one time deal?

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    Senior Member Baby Huey's Avatar
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    Houston, Tx
    Beautiful work. Grats Jim.
    It only hurts til the pain goes away........

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    I'm happy that the profile looks good to some of you, it's actually the same as my 240mm though, just stretched out a bit.

    Thanks for the kind words guys.

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