Ray Rogers Handcrafted Knives

The Cherokee Custom Chef's Knife

Yes, that's right - these are the very same knives used by the Native American Cherokee Chef's 200 years ago to chop and dice a buffalo or prepare a Sage Brush Salad.

Or maybe not. Actually, this knife takes it's name from the country club that first ordered it. The unique feature of this knife is that the edge is a continuous curve - no flat area at the back like most knives have.

The top knife has a 10" blade and the lower one has a 9" blade. Both blades are O1 tool steel and have been zone heat treated and cryogenically processed. They are completed by Dymonwood(R) handles.

The Cherokee Custom Chef's Knife Style 1133

Here's a little fancier version of the Cherokee Chef. The blades are again O1 tool steel but this time we have a Maple Burl handle(top) and a Box Elder Burl handle (bottom) on a stub tang. The ferrule is aluminum and the spacers are Web and Kingman turquoise, respectively. Custom logos are available.

I call this a Dress Grade knife because it's quite a bit prettier than the average using knife but not so fancy that you would be afraid to use it. Try it - you'll like it!

The Cherokee Custom Chef's Knives Style 1123

A pair of Cherokees with 10" stainless blades. One has a Maple Burl handle, the other a Chechen burl. A small utility knife was made to go with this pair. All have stone spacers to dress them up....

The Cherokee Custom Chef's Knife Style 1123

African Sapele and Turquoise....

The Cherokee Custom Chef's Knife Style 1123

Bird's head handle style....

The Cherokee Custom Chef's Knife Style 1123

This one has a 10" 440C blade and a stabilized Black Walnut handle with a Turquoise spacer....

The Cherokee Custom Chef's Knife Style 1134

This is a one of a kind knife - a Cherokee Chef made from the new LiquidMetal(R) material. It has no iron in it so it's totally stainless and non-magnetic. LiquidMetal(R) is a sort of metallic glass in so far as it does not have the usual grain structure that a steel blade would have. They call it liquid because it can be cast in a mold to make a finished blade - it can even come out of the mold already sharp - just add a handle. But, nobody is doing that yet. The only way to get one now is to get a block of the metal and grind it into a knife and that's not all that easy to do. It costs about 10 times as much as steel but it doesn't require heat teating.

If you are a knifemaker and would like to know some of the details of working with this material, click here.

Enjoy the picture and envy the man who owns it but don't ask me to make another one. It makes a good knife but the performance is not superior to a steel blade. It is more difficult to work with than steel and more expensive to buy (at least for now). I'll stick with steel....

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