Shefu Roman


Blade type: Santoku
Blade length: 20 Cm / 7.87 Inches
Total length: 33 Cm / 12.99 Inches
Steel: O2 carbon steel
Handle material: Roman Oak, mosaic pin
Weight: 210 grams

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Of all the knives we made the Shefu Roman comes closest to being simply a piece of hardened steel with a sharp edge.  The handle is made of Roman Oak wood and is decorated with one brass mosaic pin.

The Roman Oak which we use for the handle of this knife 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.

As this is a carbon steel, the blade will form a slight patina over time. This is normal and is actually the mark of a beautifully used knife. Please note, however, that a carbon knife does require more maintenance than its stainless steel counterpart, mainly that it must be washed or wiped clean shortly after each use to prevent unwanted rust or stains.