This is a review of two Burke Cutlery wooden sheaths that I received last week. In response to a request on KKF for knives to use as templates. I sent Eamon two eight inch chef’s knives (Wusthof classic and Forschner Fibrox).
To give you a better reference for where my opinions come from, I am a home chef who until 2 years ago only knew European steel and more specifically German profiles. I now have a nice kit of Japanese knives and experience a lot of joy using them when I cook with my friends.
The fit on both knives is snug as the knife is inserted the last 1/4” for a great custom fit. The construction looks like a three piece sandwich. The shape of the Wusthof saya is surprising a first but grew on me very quickly. I like how the knife blade gets to show off in contrast to the wood grain. My favorite feature is the flat on top of the sheath that I can see being very useful in a drawer or on the counter.
I think making saya’s for beater knives like these is a stroke of genius. These are knives more likely found in drawers and I believe there is more value in the Forschner than what it costs.
3 piece construction made out of Poplar (best guess).
Friction fit on both but option for retaining pin only on Forschner.
Fit and Finish is very good.
Flat top side is very useful in drawer storage.