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8" AEB-L chef knife with cherry burl

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by Matthew Gregory, Mar 27, 2019.

  1. Matthew Gregory

    Matthew Gregory Chief Executive in charge of Entertainment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 12, 2005
    I haven't been making too many kitchen knives, of late. In fact, I really don't remember when I made the last one. Anyway, a good friend reached out to me in need of a cool gift, so this is what I came up with.

    The the fully distally tapered 8" blade is thin AEB-L, 2-3/8" at the heel, and features some stupendously beautiful stabilized cherry burl. The stainless steel dovetailed bolsters are a first, for me, and were a lot of fun. Stainless corby bolts complete the package.



    There's a method to the madness with my choice of a machine satin finish, aside from me being lazy ;). More than almost any other knife I make, I expect a good kitchen knife to be pummelled. Worked to within an inch of its life. Maybe even neglected a little bit. By finishing them this way, there is almost no portion of it that I can't return to rights with a minimum of effort - which, hopefully, will increase the odds of its use as the tool that it is. Also, I've found with the right machine satin treatment, it reduces food stick a bit.

    Thanks for looking!
  2. i4Marc


    Oct 19, 2011
    Nice lines and details, Matt. :thumbsup:
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  3. folder geek

    folder geek Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 28, 2012
    Thats a beaut Matt, nicely done:thumbsup:
    Those radius dovetailed bolsters are sexy!
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  4. Jsega51

    Jsega51 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2015
    About the best looking “do-all” pattern blade I can think of. Very sweet lines indeed.
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  5. Scott Hanson

    Scott Hanson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 6, 2014
    Very nice looking knife.
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  6. Mack

    Mack Gluaiseann an ba'd, ni' ghluaiseann an cuan Platinum Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    Beautiful knife. It looks to be as useful as it is beautiful, too.
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  7. john april

    john april KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 27, 2006
    love the bolsters. great fit and finish :thumbsup:
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  8. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    You did a splendid job, Matt! :cool:
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  9. FOG2

    FOG2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 1, 2007
    Very nice! I want one.. about an inch longer
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  10. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    That is beautiful my friend
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  11. Dusty One

    Dusty One Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    What a Gift....Beautiful work !!!!
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  12. Rusev

    Rusev KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 27, 2018
    awesome bolsters!
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  13. mb>

    mb> Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2014
    Very nice detail on those bolsters. :thumbsup:
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  14. Matthew Gregory

    Matthew Gregory Chief Executive in charge of Entertainment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 12, 2005
    Thanks, everyone! This was a fun one to make.
  15. Pavlos


    Apr 20, 2013
    Splendid knife Matthew... I like everything about it.

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  16. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    looks food safe to me:thumbsup:
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  17. d762nato

    d762nato Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    Beautiful knife and love that cherry wood as well as the bolsters.
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  18. Mike157

    Mike157 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 29, 2006
    One beautiful and highly functional knife. Love the joinery with the dovetailed bolsters and that cherry wood burl is just plain gorgeous. Mike
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  19. TK Steingass

    TK Steingass Knifemaker - Buckeye Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 16, 2010
    Very nice Matt - love that cherry. burl - very rare stuff
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  20. bflying

    bflying Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 4, 2014
    Absolutely stunning. I saw this yesterday. But had to come back to drool over it again today.
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