The Most Important Kitchen Tool

To prepare well, you need 3 things: fresh ingredients, straightforward techniques, as well as a few, high quality devices. Like anything, having the right equipment makes doing the job that better. Whether it’s a well skilled pan or a casserole recipe that’s been passed down with the generations, terrific cookware makes preparing a pleasure.

A Chef’s knife is the single essential device in any kitchen, and is utilized in the production of practically every dish. A sharp blade suggests more control and also less slippage when you reduced, resulting in safer, more regular pieces. And also, reducing with a sharp knife is just extra fun! From mincing garlic and also fine natural herbs to breaking down that challenging butternut squash you got in your CSA, an absolutely sharp cook’s blade will aid you do the job.

For such a crucial piece of equipment, it’s worth doing a little digging to discover a knife you enjoy to use. There are a lot of fantastic knives around with great deals of different features, yet in the 18 months we spent designing the Misen Chef’s Blade, only two points mattered most, steel as well as feel:.

Steel: Generally, harder steels are better because they can hold a razor sharp edge much longer. It used to be that you had to select in between hard, carbon steels that rusted with any type of moisture, and also softer stainless-steels, but modern technology has allowed for high carbon stainless-steels to be produced that are really tough as well as still immune to rust. The steel we make use of is a Japanese high carbon steel called AUS-8.

Feeling: You can have the most effective steel on the planet, but if the blade isn’t comfortable to hold, you will not use it. An excellent knife will really feel balanced in your hand. Bolsters are optional, yet we opted to include one in the Misen knife because it added a lot convenience as well as support while food preparation. Discover a blade length you’re comfortable with (in between 8″ and 10″ are the most common but some individuals like somewhat much less), as well as make certain to hold it with a correct “squeeze” grasp.

Taking care of your knife.

A high quality knife can last you a lifetime, but it’s an accuracy instrument, not a blunt tool. To do at it’s best, every knife needs a little care. Here are a few typical ideal practices you can use to keep your knife cutting sharp:.

Cleansing: Always wash by hand with soap as well as water, and dry extensively. The high warmth, severe detergents, and also basic banging around that happen in a dishwashing machine are all poor things for your blade.

Honing: All knives, no matter how good, go dull eventually. In our experience, making use of a whetstone is the most effective means to get your edge back in leading type, yet if you’re not into the entire ‘hone by hand’ point, you can constantly send it bent on the pros.

Storage: Our idea would certainly be to cover the edge utilizing a blade guard, yet whatever you do simply don’t toss your blade in a drawer unprotected!

Reducing Board: Using a top quality reducing board will keep your knife sharper much longer. End-grain timber boards are best, complied with by rubber. Marble as well as glass cutting boards are too hard for knives and also can seriously damage the blade’s side.

Select an excellent knife, care for it, and it will certainly offer you well.

Product List

I have some products in inventory. I also have base models that I have designed. Below is a list of the base models I have created and various options that can be added.In addition, I do take customer orders. If you can envision what you want and we can translate that to a drawing on paper, I will do my best to create it.

We strive to use only products made in the US. If a product is not from the US, we will let you know and give you an alternative option for one that is.
Product NameDescriptionBase Price
The GuppyMicarta Handle, 154 CM Blade, 316 Stainless Pins$85.00
Clip Point EDCMicarta Handle, 154 CM Blade, 316 Stainless Pins$100.00
Pocket CompanionMicarta Handle, 154 CM Blade, 316 Stainless Pins$125.00
Bird and TroutMicarta Handle, 154 CM Blade, 316 Stainless Pins$150.00
3 Finger SkinnerMicarta Handle, 154 CM Blade, 316 Stainless Pins$185.00
Da’ Mud Bug Trailing PointMicarta Handle, 154 CM Blade, 316 Stainless Pins$185.00
Da’ Mud Bug Drop PointMicarta Handle, 154 CM Blade, 316 Stainless Pins$185.00
The Light Duty TacticalMicarta Handle, 154 CM Blade, 316 Stainless Pins$185.00
Old World SkinnerMicarta Handle, 154 CM Blade, 316 Stainless Pins$185.00
Gentleman’s SkinnerMicarta Handle, 154 CM Blade, 316 Stainless Pins$200.00
Hawg SkinnerMicarta Handle, 154 CM Blade, 316 Stainless Pins$200.00
Trail SkinnerMicarta Handle, 154 CM Blade, 316 Stainless Pins$200.00
The HunterMicarta Handle, 154 CM Blade, 316 Stainless Pins$200.00
Drop Point HunterMicarta Handle, 154 CM Blade, 316 Stainless Pins$225.00
Moose SkinnerMicarta Handle, 154 CM Blade, 316 Stainless Pins$225.00
Big Boy Drop PointMicarta Handle, 154 CM Blade, 316 Stainless Pins$225.00
Big Boy Trailin PointMicarta Handle, 154 CM Blade, 316 Stainless Pins$225.00
PFC TacticalMicarta Handle, 154 CM Blade, 316 Stainless Pins$325.00
Buffalo Skinner/De-boner SetMicarta Handle, 154 CM Blade, 316 Stainless Pins$350.00
SheathBasic leather sheath with no pattern work. Each sheath is specifically made for each individual knife and has a cam locking system so that it will not come out of the sheath. Colors available for dye: Brown, Tan, Black, Saddle or Natural.Included
Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery on knives that have to be made.
In stock inventory could take up to 1 week before shipping so that I can make the sheath for the knife. I will need to know if you’re left or right handed and the dye color.
Product NameDescriptionPrice
Bolster416 Stainless Steel$50.00
Mosaic PinsSeveral Options to choose from.$25.00
Blade Material: ATS-34Made in Japan by Hitachi: A steel that has a Rockwell of 59 to 60 and is known for it’s ability to hold up in the field$3 per inch
Blade Material: BG42Extremely hard steel that has a Rockwell of 60 to 61.$3 per inch
Blade Material: 12C27Swedish Razar Blade. High polish. A steel that holds up well in the field. 57 to 59 RC.$3 per inch
Blade Material: DamascusA steel that has been forged and folded to create intricate patterns.Call for Price
Exotic WoodVarious exotic wood handle scales availableCall for Price
EngravingBolster, Blade and Pins can be engravedCall for Price
Sheath EmbellishingCustomer requested designs or pattern work.Call for Price

The Maker and The Team

Marvin at the grinder

Since the age of 8, I have had a passion for knives. I began sharpening knives at that young age. I was fortunate to meet a master knife maker, John I. Shore, who is a voting member of the Knifemakers Guild. He took me under his wing and became my mentor. In 2010, I became a probationary member of the Knifemakers Guild which has been a lifelong dream of mine.

I began training in 2001 and have been making knives since. It is extremely gratifying to take raw materials and produce a knife that is not only functional, but aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

Each knife I make, I form the handle to fit ergonomically in the hand. I take this into account when I am making a custom knife for someone. Additionally, I listen to what type of knife they are looking for, what it will be used for, what type of handle they are most comfortable with and come up with a custom design specific to their needs. I do have standard designs that I produce, but my passion is to create a knife design that fits my customers’ needs and comfort. I strive to create something unique that my customer is satisfied with in form and function.

My Guarantee

My knives are guaranteed for as long as I am still kicking. If the knife is used for its intended purpose, not a screw driver, hammer, pry bar, axe, then I will fix or replace it. Given the quality of the steel I use, some might find them hard to sharpen. I will re-sharpen any knife, bought from me, anytime it needs it. The only cost to you would be shipping both ways.

The Team

My business is family owned and operated. While I make the knives, my wife, Cindy, runs the day to day business. My artistically talented daughter creates works of art for some of my sheaths.

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