There’s an incredible amount of history in the handle of the new Damascus Gyuto knife from Blenheim Forge, the Peckham-based company run by a small group of artisans with a meticulous, extremely time-consuming approach to their craft. Each is made from 5,000-year-old bog oak, while the blade is forged from more than 150 layers of pure nickel and iron, with a Japanese “Blue Paper” steel core. Only 10 will be made, each priced £750.
“This is the culmination of our knife-making knowledge and experience to date,” says Blenheim Forge co-founder Richard Warner. “We can only produce these in very limited numbers due to the amount of labour involved in crafting them. For this small run, we have blended together a unique combination of materials – 120 layers of swirling steel are sandwiched around one of the finest blade steels in the world, selected especially for its edge retention and ease of sharpening. The forged taper and fine grind of these blades make them beautifully balanced in the hand with exceptional cutting performance.”
Blenheim Forge knives are used by chefs such as Mark Hix and Francis Mallmann. The forge has a slavish following among foodies worldwide, too, with, it says, previous limited editions having vanished less than an hour after going on sale. The new knife, which comes in its own handcrafted wooden saya, will be available from the forge’s website from midday on November 28 and is expected to be one of the its fastest-selling products to date.