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About Damascus Professional Knives

DAMASCUS STEEL

Legend has it that a special kind of steel was used in ancient times for sword and knife making. This steel was reputed to be superior in sharpness, flexibility and strength to anything else made at the time and it was thought to have originated in Damascus. Blades made with it displayed a distinctive 'marbled' appearance.

Similar techniques involving the layering, folding and forging of different qualities of steel resulted in Japan in the development of the legendary ‘Samurai’ swords of Japanese warriors.

With the help of modern technology this ancient art evolved in Japan to result today in knife steel acknowledged to be the best in the world, which subsequently results in the best professional Damascus kitchen knives available.

NAIFU D67 blades are formed from multiple layers of complimentary stainless knife steel compressed around a central high carbon (VG10) core. Tempered to a high hardness rating (HRC 58-60) the blades acquire ‘surgical’ sharpness that is very enduring and readily regained when necessary with a few gentle stokes through the NAIFU sharpener.

(VG-10 is a unique formulation of steel with a high carbon content, and containing various amounts of the following: Chromium, Vanadium, Molybdenum and Cobalt. The steel is specially designed for high-quality blades such as NAIFU chef's professional knives. VG-10 is often called "super steel," because it is designed to maintain sharpness and durability without becoming brittle, a major fault normally associated with exceptionally hard steel. This quality is ideal when extreme sharpness is desired, as most other steel will not take or keep an edge like VG-10. When this type of steel is used in a knife, it is normally encased in layers of steel providing greater corrosion-resistance, leaving only the "super steel" exposed at the edge for fine cutting).

The distinctive marbled appearance of the blades is the result of having been treated with a mild acid to reveal the detail of the layering of the different steels.

INDEPENDENT QUALITY RESEARCH

CATRA – Cutlery and Allied Trades Research Association in Sheffield conducted tests of our blade under requirements of British Standards EN ISO 8442-5 for Sharpness and edge retention.

Our D67 Chef’s Knife blade was passed in both respects and classified in the highest possible category as ‘Excellent’.

Indeed in both respects our blade significantly exceeded the ‘Excellent’ rating requirement. In the category of ‘Cutting Performance’ our blade exceeded the requirement by 26% and for ‘Edge retention’ exceeded the requirement by 23%

introducing new...!

Here at Naifu we have designed an elegant new steak and game knife made from fine chef quality knife steel. The handle is particularly comfortable and has excellent weight and balance.

FeedBack

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 10:15

I received one of your knives for a birthday present, what a delight. Extremely sharp and an absolute pleasure to use. Am now going to save for the larger knife.

Michael Langton
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 10:15

I have just received the knives I purchased and can honestly say they are the best knives I have ever used. Thank you very much for your service!

Zachariah C
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 10:15

I recently bought a Tokyo set of knives from you. Just wanted to say what a fantastic set of knives they are and they fully live up to your description of them. Great value as well and I've only cut myself once!!

John McGloin

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 10:15

Never got chance to get back to you. Always a bit of a gamble buying online unseen but the knives I bought from you in 2014 are fabulous quality and quite the best knives money can buy. THANK YOU

Paul Redstone

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 10:15

I wish we'd bought these years ago. I've always liked the idea of good knives but been unimpressed by the price or the value. I came across reviews of these and bought on the strength of that. They are excellent and very good value for what they deliver.

Fandangoon
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 10:00

Great value for money and they feel great to use, good balance and ergonomics. The santoku knife in my set developed a small crack and was replaced without any fuss very quickly. If you are thinking that this might indicate dodgy quality, don't.

R. A. Figgureson
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 10:00

Easy to use and very sharp. Threw my old knives away and wondered how I had managed with them for so long! I haven't used all the knives yet, but the ones I have used are supurb and very sharp, it has enticed me to try all sorts of new recipes, so my wife thinks they are also a good idea!

S C Macon
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 10:00

Sharper than any kitchenware I have ever used. The layered steel is very visible and looks extremely cool.

Kevin Mcparledon