Alder 8 Inch Chefs Knife

(3 customer reviews)

$174.30 USD$207.50 USD

The Alder 8 inch chef’s knife is our nod to classic German and European board knives. The exceptional blade steel in this kitchen workhorse makes it a joy to use and surprisingly easy to maintain. Read more



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. If you want a fancier look, we now offer this model with a carbon fiber handle. The CF is a little lighter than the G10. Also optional are the western maple wood scales; we will have these available periodically when we get around to making a batch.

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.

We back all of our knives with a warranty and satisfaction guarantee!



  • the Alder comes with our rather unique CNC blade finish in which the machining lines remain on display. More on our blade finishes
  • virtually indestructible G10 epoxy/fiberglass handle scales. Carbon fiber scales optional extra. Resin treated wood scales optional when available
  • superb edge holding made possible by the CPM S35VN blade steel (3% vanadium, 1.4% carbon etc)
  • easy edge maintenance with diamond or ceramic butcher's steel. When sharpening is needed, conventional tools are all you need. See our sharpening page for details
  • this is the brief info sheet we include in the box with the Alder


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 steelCPM S35VN
Blade hardness: HRC 58-60
Blade thickness at spine: 0.095" (2.4mm)
Blade Grind: flat (CNC milled)
Cutting edge angle (inclusive): 30°

Made in BC

3 reviews for Alder 8 Inch Chefs Knife

  1. Cory

    A few years back I was in the market for new, higher end knives to replace my first just-moved-out set. I ran into North Arm at a craft fair and I have purchased over the years, and am very happy with, both the chef’s knife and the paring knife and I am looking forward to adding the fillet knife to my roster. I find the knives I have to be very comfortable in the hand, stand up to every job I’ve thrown at them so far, keep an edge very well, and just all around be fun to use in the kitchen.

  2. Yi

    This masterpiece exceeds all my expectations for a 8 inch Chef’s Knife. It’s well balanced and feels like a natural extension of my arm. Thanks for the great Canadian product.

  3. Ken Bryden

    I have had a blue handled 8″ knife since August of 2014. I have yet to sharpen it although I hone with a ceramic rod hone about once a month. This knife is fantastic and is virtually as sharp as the day I bought it. It is a joy to use every time, and I know will last a 100 years if it is properly looked after. These knives are worth every dollar you pay for them, and if you buy the right knife for what you need, you won’t be disappointed.

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