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.
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