Materials

Recycled circular saw blades

The blades of our carbon steel knives are mostly made from old circular saw blades. These saw blades are made of carbon steel. While stainless steel is the most common material for kitchen knives, carbon steel is often the preferred choice of culinary professionals. That’s because a carbon steel blade, when properly cared for, holds a sharp edge for a long time.

Because there is a relatively large amount of carbon in the steel, the blade is very hard, but therefore not stainless. This means that the knife discolours quickly, especially when fruit acids are involved, for example. Depending on what you have cut, you can find different shades of grey on the blade. This is also called patina and is nothing to worry about. The patina partly ensures that the knife is less susceptible to rust in the long term. The knife will never become rust-free, which is why good maintenance is important.

AEB-L stainless steel

We recently started making knives out of stainless steel as well. AEB-L became our steel of choice because of its fantastic properties. This stainless grade – “the edge steel” – was originally  developed for the production of razor blades, but is also used for scalpel blades and knives. High sharpness, wear resistance and corrosion resistance makes it the perfect stainless steel for our kitchen knives.

Handle materials

The handles of our knives are made from various materials. We sometimes just buy it, but also make it ourselves from epoxy and whatever fits in. Using scrap material has a special place, because we just love the thought of the totally different lives a material can have. Depending on what we find it may vary between old skateboards, leftover kitchen countertops from Corian and even 2000- year old Roman Oak.

The Roman Oak which we use for the handle of our knives is a story on it’s own… This  wood has been used by the Romans to make water wells  around 2000 years ago! It has recently been discovered in Veldhoven,  a village in the south of the Netherlands. During archaeological excavations over 40 wells were found, ranging from the Iron Age, to the Roman era and the Middle Ages. Through our connections we were lucky enough to get our hands on some beautiful pieces of this Roman Oak. Over time the wood has totally become black from being in the acidic ground for so long.