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Knife Design Principles: Redroot's Western Kitchen Collection

There are so many options out there in knife design and specialization that figuring out which knives to purchase can be daunting. For home cooks and industry chefs alike, having a few robust, dependable, and easy to maintain knives that span tasks from thin and delicate paring to bone-in butchering is all one needs, unless diving into specialization.

Redroot Blades' Western Kitchen Collection offers this harmony of design in form and function. These knives are meant to be used hard and last for generations. Thick, 1/8" high carbon steel is used in most models; rounded on the spine for comfort and weighted for easy push-cuts. The blade is ground in a high rounded-sabre style to maximize the balance between fine slicing and hard use.

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These knives are not delicate, razor blade thin slicers that break or chip when dropped. This particular line is meant to be thick, robust and ready to make their home in kitchens full of cast iron and wood grain. The 22-26 degree cutting edge on these knives is perfect for general slicing and chopping tasks. Sharpen using a wet stone or diamond abrasive, then strop on a leather board to regain that perfect edge.

There are currently three main kitchen knives in our collection. The 7" Western Chef, the 5.5" Utility, and the 3.5" paring knife. Redroot has intentionally shortened the length of these common styles to accommodate modern kitchen sizes and lifestyles.

The chef knife and Utility are slightly shorter than the typical blade in traditional designs. Common cutting edge lengths for chef's knives are 8" and 10", and the utility is commonly 6". Our reason for this is that people are most often way over-knifed. For home cooks serving one or two people, often the 5.5" utility is all that is needed for most cutting tasks. That is what I use in my own kitchen. 8" or 10" seems insane! At least unnecessary, unwieldy, more expensive, and slightly more dangerous.

There are situations where you would want more knife, like cooking for lots of people at home, at a gathering, or in a professional kitchen. In that case you can always place a custom order. If you have any specific questions on the designs or inquiries about a custom project, please contact us here.


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