8.5" Chef Knives - 52100 Carbon Steel

Our most popular knife -- the Town Cutler chef perfectly balances thinness and precision, with durability and strength. This is a truly all-purpose culinary knife, appealing to admirers of both Japanese and Western styles. Excellent for all types of cuts and product. One of the best center weighted, precise, and durable chef knives.

Town Cutler knives are handmade in our San Francisco location.  Each knife is ground to perfection and finished to a mirror shine. The 52100 carbon steel has been heat treated to 63 Rockwell and cryogenically frozen to ensure a fine edge that holds it's sharpness.  

Keep this knife dry and clean.  Oil with camellia oil after washing or rinsing with warm water. A 2 oz bottle of camellia oil is provided with all Town Cutler carbon steel knives to get you started on proper knife care.

High carbon steel is very reactive! Make sure to read our steel and care and maintenance guides before purchasing a carbon steel knife.

The mirror finish on this knife will change over time, developing a patina. If you are wanting the mirror finish to remain, this is not the steel type for you. We apply this finish, so that the patina forms evenly over time. A solid patina will protect your carbon steel knife.

Questions? Please contact us.


52100 Carbon Steel with Mirror Finish


All our woods are stabilized and have a Nickel Silver Bolsters. Pommels are Nickel Silver.


Brass Loveless or Frame Nickel Silver

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