I first designed these knives to go with my "butterboards" but they have become popular enough - and I enjoy making them enough! - that I'm offering them all by themselves. Handmade in Oregon from native / local U.S. hardwoods. They are made from either reclaimed or "pre-claimed" wood -- that is, they were nice enough to be saved from being sent to the kindling box of scraps that are too small for other furniture / cabinetry uses! These are great to use for soft cheeses, butter, or soft spreads. I have actually used one of these to cut slices of cheddar straight out of the fridge as a test, but they are really not intended to be used for harder cheeses - your mileage may vary! They are surprisingly strong considering how delicate they look - my young nephew uses one to cut veggies (OK, celery) when helping Mom in the kitchen - she knows he won't cut himself, and he gets to help with dinner!
The first two photos show the woods I currently have available - you will receive a knife like the one in the photo, though grain and colors may differ slightly, as they are natural items! I think the first photo has truer colors, even though the white background looks a little blue. The second one is the result of my computer trying to be smarter than I am, so I'm humoring it...
From left to right, the woods are:
- Figured Bigleaf Maple - beautiful honey golden color and satin shimmer to the wood
- Quartersawn Oregon White Oak - tan/brown color with distinctive "ray flecks" in the wood, especially prominent in the blade
- Black Walnut (may be eastern Walnut or Oregon Black Walnut, shown) - rich brown to red/brown color with darker grain lines
- Reclaimed Maple - 100+ years old, reclaimed from old structures in the Appalachia region. Smooth texture and rich, tight grain lines, with subtle curly figure.
- Curly Cherry - wide grain and subtle shimmering figure in these, with a straighter handle and wider blade in this design.
The other photos are my best quick attempt at showing the smoothness of the surface and the rich look of the oil/wax finish. Hand washed and periodically re-oiled, (mineral oil or a conditioner such as Howard's -- what I used for initial coats) these will look and perform great for years, and if they get nicked or dull, all you need is a little sanding and a new coat of oil to get them good as new!
Great stocking stuffers for your "foodie" friends, an office gift exchange, or simply to treat yourself to some unique, handmade utensils you can use every day! Select from the drop-down box which wood you'd like. If one of the woods in the photo is not listed, it means I am temporarily out, but hopefully not for long!
Dimensions - approx. 7-1/4" long, 7/16" thick, blade length approx. 3"