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Petty • 150 mm • VG10 core • 33 layers with ladder damascus • Japanese octave handle • Ebony • for both left and right-handed use
Many knife makers use a hazakai (forging line) in a kind of wave pattern or a nice flowing line, with this series it is a stepped pattern, so therefore the name: Ladder Damascus. The pattern is created by sharpening successive dimples in the blade. By then sharpening, polishing and blasting the knife, the unique pattern is created.
The blade is made of 32 layers of softer stainless steel (16|16) on the outside, with a core of VG10 steel. The knife is sharpened nicely thin at the cutting edge, making it very easy to cut. In practice, this also turns out to be easy to sharpen with a whetstone or ceramic steel. A classic Japanese ebony handle, large enough for western hands and ideal in its weight. The blade is slightly removed at the heel, close to the bolster, so that the knife can be held closer to the balance point during cutting. This makes the knife extremely comfortable and a pleasure to cut with.
A Rangelrooij knife has to have it's own identity. Now in 2019, I am a knife sharpener for 25 years, I have sharpened many knives. I think as a knife sharpener, I have held many models and brands in my hands. A knife from Rangelrooij has to have it's own identity. Now, speaking in 2019, day in day out knives went through my hands, probably I have seen a big part of all chef knives. No, a ROOIJ knife is not a new invention of a knife, it's a process of experience, listening to the end user and negotiate with the knife maker. Our highly skilled knifemakers in Japan are doing an awesome job. We are so proud at this collaboration. All our knowledge, experience and passion come together in our ROOIJ knives. Arigato gozaimasu.