The Alder 8 inch chefs excels at all the mincing, chopping and slicing tasks normally expected of a cutting board knife (use a cleaver or saw for bones and breaking down frozen foods). What distinguishes the Alder is its blade, made with CPM S35VN stainless steel, known for its superior edge retention. This particle metallurgy steel puts the Alder in the upper echelons of kitchen knives; once you’ve used it, you’ll know what we mean. Regular honing with a diamond or ceramic steel should keep it tomato-slicing sharp, but if you do need to sharpen, conventional abrasive tools are all you need.
The Alder comes standard with practically indestructible G10 composite handles which are waterproof and highly stain resistant. The Alder is still available with select 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 takes its name from the Red Alder, an under-appreciated west coast deciduous tree that 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.
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