The Alder 8 inch chefs knife is our nod to classic German and European designs. We’ve combined a rock-chop enabling curve with a superior steel to produce a considerably better knife that what you may be used to from those classics. The Alder is designed to handle all things asked of a chef’s knife. It is a robust knife with a .095″ spine which tapers down to a 25 degree (total angle) cutting edge, making it adept at mincing, chopping and slicing.
The Alder is made with CPM S35VN stainless steel, known for its superior edge retention. The particle metallurgy S35VN steel puts the Alder in the upper echelons of kitchen knives; once you’ve used it, you’ll know what we mean. We make the Alder with either our standard CNC milled blade finish or a traditional satin brushed finish. Check out the differences here.
Not only is the Alder a joy to cut with, it’s rewarding to maintain. Regular honing with a steel is all you may need to keep it tomato-slicing sharp, but if you do need to sharpen with abrasives, conventional stones and tools are all you need.
The Alder comes standard with our G10 epoxy fiberglass laminate handle. G10 is practically indestructible as well as being waterproof and highly stain resistent.The Alder can also be ordered with west coast wood handles if you prefer a unique natural look. Wood does not offer the ridiculous ruggedness of G10, but our resin sealing process makes it highly resistant to water and staining and should give a lifetime of service with proper care.
The Alder, like all of North Arm’s kitchen knives, takes its name from West Coast flora. Until recently, the Red Alder was an under appreciated west coast deciduous tree, but it is now finding more uses in cabinetry and woodworking. Native peoples of the coast are known to have used its bark to make a red dye.
For information on care and sharpening look at the pages under the “knife care” tab on the menu bar.
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Maximum Dimensions L x W x H: 13.1″ x 1.9″ x 0.81″ (33.3cm x 4.8cm x 2.1cm)
Blade length (tip to handle): 8.2″ (20.8cm)
Weight: G10: 7.8 oz. (220 grams)
Blade steel: CPM S35VN
Blade hardness: HRC 59-61
Blade thickness at spine: 0.095″ (2.4mm)
Blade Grind: flat (CNC milled)
Cutting edge angle (inclusive): 25°
Made in BC