488AK - Kom-Kom eight inch Cook Knife (Special Blade) hardwood handle.
The blade on this chef knife has a 3mm thick spine and a full flat grind, which means that the grind on the blade goes all the way down from the spine to the edge bevel in a flat, linear slope, resulting in a stronger blade. Subsequently the 488AK is the heaviest of the Kiwi & Kom-Kom 8" Chef knives.
Please note that the grind on this blade is slightly asymmetrical where more metal has been removed from one side than the other. When viewed from the handle this can give the false impression that the blade has a chisel grind. This is not a fault but just part of the manufacturing process.
The blade is made from Japanese high carbon martensitic stainless steel (SUS420J2) which has been hardened and tempered for optimal sharpness. This knife has a razor sharp cutting edge and it has a high quality ironwood hardwood handle which is secured with brass rivets.
As the handle wood is untreated, it will benefit from the occasional application of a food grade oil to maintain the health of the wood, avoiding shrinkage and keeping the handle looking like new. See the "knife care" tab for more details.