This hand-forged Damascus fillet knife is designed to be the finest trout or sunfish fillet knife available. The 9 inch Damascus blade is composed of four types of steel: 52100, 5160, 15N20, and O1. The average carbon content of this steel is approximately 0.80%. The blade is differentially tempered so that the body has a spring temper for flexibility, while the edge retains a high degree of hardness for edge retention. The combination of edge retention and flexibility is fairly unique for a fillet knife, as it is difficult to temper such a long, thin blade this way. The blade also features an extremely sharp, Scandinavian inspired, hand-convexed edge.
The handle wood pictured is black walnut from North Carolina. The handle is attached with the highest quality West Systems epoxy before being permanently secured with custom brass rivet bolts (machined in-house). The handle wood has been stabilized and finished with food safe butcher's block oil.
A hand-sewn custom fitted leather sheath is included with this knife.