I.O. Shen 165mm Chef's Knife
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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED KNIFE
The Chef's knife is one of the most used kitchen knives and can be used for everything from chopping to slicing fruits and vegetables. Most chef's knives have a broad blade that curves upward towards the tip to allow the knife to rock for fine mincing.
For many years, chef knife manufacturers have been trying to achieve the ultimate cutting edge which is rated using a Rockwell degree scale - the highest being Rockwell 62. However, the brittleness of the knife has made this impossible to produce commercially without using a Damascus method, which is VERY expensive. I.O.Shen has overcome this problem by using a layer of super hard steel, Rockwell 62 sandwiched between two layers of softer stainless steel, Rockwell 10, to produce the ultimate chef knife cutting edge. We call this Triplex Steel Technology. The layers are infused under high pressure and temperature so the molecules intermingle to a depth of 18 - 24 microns - so separation is impossible. However, the softer layers act as protective shock absorbers to the knives cutting layer.
All the chef knives in the I.O.Shen Mastergrade range have used the very latest technology to construct a blade that is not only amazingly sharp but will also retain their edge for a phenomenal amount of time. They have been hand sharpened to a 15å¡ angle, which allows for wonderful slicing and portion control.
The unique handle design distinguishes I.O.Shen Mastergrade from any other knife. It is an essential factor in achieving balance and stability. The Tai Tang is not simply an embellishment, it is an integral part of the handle.
The handles are produced from a synthetic material, called ebonite, which is both durable and heat resistant (although we do not recommend dishwasher cleaning).
The handles of the chef knives are bonded to the blade steel using stainless steel rivets. Unlike aluminium rivets, these are corrosion resistant and have the same effect of expansion as the blade steel. The handles will remain secure for life.