Ray Rogers Handcrafted Knives

Jin Men Chinese Chef's Knife Style 6324

I enjoy making different and unusual pattern knives. This one is one form of a Chinese chef's knife that I call Jin Men - a shortened form of the name of an island where it originally is said to have originated. Loosely translated I am told that it means "Golden Gate".

Again, I used 3/32" ATS-34 to form a blade 6 3/4" long and about 3" high. This makes it a cross between a French chef's knife and a Chinese cleaver and it serves well in both categories.

The blade has a satin finish and is chisel ground in the manner of the original knife I was shown by a friend of mine. A chisel grind, as you probably know, means that the bevel is ground and the edge sharpened from one side only. This makes an edge that can withstand chopping and leaves a flat side that facilitates fast and fancy vegetable chopping. I also make this knife with a conventional flat grind.

The handle shown here is made from inexpensive but very attractive walnut Dymondwood (R).

This example of Jin Men, Style 6124, features a flat ground blade of about 6 1/4" witha a satin finish. The handle is Redwood that I acquired from a friend's back yard. After cutting the stump into usable sizes I sent it off to be stabilized. It was a lot of work but the results seem to justify the labor.

This Jin Men, Style 6113, features a flat ground blade of about 7" with a belt brushed finish. The walnut handle is oval shaped and sits behind an aluminum ferrule. The blade is only 1/16th thick so even as large as it is, this knife is still very light and well balanced.

Another Jin Men, in Style 6114, features a flat ground blade of about 7" with a belt brushed finish. This time, the walnut handle is in two slabs attached to a full tang for a more traditional construction. Again, the blade is only 1/16th thick, very light and well balanced.

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