These knives were made by one of my favourite knife (and razor) makers, Butch Harner. Butch practices his craft in Pennsylvania, and takes a unique and exciting approach to making his kitchen knives. He combines the look of classic kitchen knives with those of his tactical and everyday carry knives. He then pairs that up with an unbelievably thin yet durable geometry (grind), that comes from being one of the best razor makers out there. Butch heat treats his blades beautifully, always finding the perfect balance of durability, sharpenability and edge retention. Essentially, what I'm getting at is, if you're lucky enough to get one of Butch's knives, you're in for a treat!
These knives are all made out of W2 carbon steel, which is a great...no, better than great steel for kitchen knives. Like all carbon steels, the blade can rust if mistreated, but with some simple wipes on a cloth, while in use, and proper washing and drying (immediately following use), the blade will treat you to the personality and beauty that only carbon steel can give. W2 gets wickedly sharp in virtually no time flat and takes quite possibly that nicest patina you'll ever see, while still managing to impart no flavours to the product you are cutting. It does give off a metallic smell, until a solid patina has developed, but this will in no way affect your food. Butch has hardened the blades to approximately 61hrc, which will allow these blades to be sharpened at a very steep angle, while still holding the sharpness for a long time.
The handles on these knives are: (from top to bottom) zebrawood, ironwood and bocote. The "Yo-Bocho" knife has a cocobolo handle, and is virtually the same knife, with a different length and height at the heel (SEE BELOW). Whether Butch did it on purpose or not, the handles make me think of pieces from the Art-Deco period, which makes the knives even more captivating. The balance point is between the front of the scales and the first pin, which is a very nice spot for petty sized knives. The knives feel as great as they look and perform even better!
The size and shape of these knives makes them the perfect "Travel Knife", as they are small enough to be tossed into a pocket in a work or overnight bag. The shape makes them multi-purpose, like little chef knives that can be used for almost anything, so you will never be caught without the right tool for the job! In fact, I have been treated to one of these blades as a Christmas gift, and it is now officially becoming my knife that I transport to and from the hall, for lunch and dinner prep.
Edge Length (Petty): 165mm; (Yo-Bocho): 150mm
Height of Blade at Heel (Petty): 45mm; (Yo-Bocho): 50mm
Overall Length of Knife (Petty): 280mm/11"; (Yo-Bocho): 270mm/10.5"
Thickness of Spine, at the heel: 2.2mm
Thickness of Spine at Midway Point: 2.05mm
Thickness of Spine 1cm from Tip: 1.05mm
Thickness of Blade, 0.5cm from Edge: 0.75mm
Thickness of Blade, directly above Edge: 0.008"
*Note, these are very close dimensions, yet there will be some minor (and I mean minor) differences depending on the knife purchased. These are handmade, one of a kind knives, after all.
**All three petty knives are no longer available.**