Like a great meal a great knife needs a great recipe. Steve starts with O1 carbon tool steel. This steel makes excellent knives! O1 is a through hardening steel with has a long heat treat window. What does that mean? It is easy to harden…really hard. The finished hardness is 61-62 rockwell. This rockwell (measure of steel hardness) will get scalpel sharp and retain the edge for a long time. Next Steve fabricates and fastens stainless steel bolsters (the piece of steel between the blade and wood). This adds a little weight for balance and a lot of sexy! Next Steve attaches stabilized maple handles. Stabilization keeps the wood from shrinking and expanding which prevents cracking. Lastly he blast finishes the blade. A process that removes all machine marks. It’s a small thing that adds beautiful satin finish to the blade. No retailers are doing hand finishing. Finally Steve wraps these chef knives in a beautiful wood sheath, this pulls it all together and adds protection to the sharp edge.
Please note: All knives are made by Steve Watkins one at a time to insure the quality but this takes some time. With attention from recent press current wait is approximately 6 months. Your order will be ready as soon as possible. If you want to give as a gift prior to finish we will mail you a gift certificate. Email or call any time to check on progress.
I’m an artist, custom knife maker and athlete living in Charlotte, NC. This website is the culmination of all the influences that shape who I am and my Knife making.