FAQ

What handle colors are available?

Our handles come in the following colors: 

  • Cobalt blue, with red trim
  • Burgundy red, with white trim
  • Midnight black, with white trim
  • Chocolate with forest green trim
  • Chocolate with gold trim

 

What are the exact specifications of your chef knife?

  • Elmax High Vanadium Super Steel hardened to 60-61 Rockwell
  • Full tang construction
  • 8.6 inches long
  • 2.05 inches tall at the heel. Tall enough to ensure your knuckles never hit the cutting board
  • 13.6 inches overall length
  • Edge geometry: 50/50 bevel, 15 degrees per side, ground with a convex micro bevel
  • Edge retention: 933 Total Cards Cut average at the Culinary Allied Trades Research Association (CATRA) testing lab in Sheffield England
  • Behind-the-edge thickness measures 0.012″ 
  • Spine thickness measures 0.090″, with distal taper
  • 175 grams knife weight +/- 3 grams
  • Balance point: directly in front of the handle for maximum power and control

 

Why did you partner with Work Sharp®?

Work Sharp is the leader of at-home electric sharpening tools—so it only made sense that we partner with them to create the Limited Edition Work Sharp x Artisan Revere model. It’s designed exclusively for our knives, with a 15 degree angle guide installed, and 17 degree and 20 degree angle guides available in the box for your Western knives. In addition we’ve also included a full progression of professional-grade sharpening belts. The Limited Edition WS x AR can shape, sharpen, and refine your edges with the simple touch of a button. 

 

When does my knife need to be sharpened?

If you notice any visible chips on the edge of your knife—or if your knife can no longer pierce a tomato with minimal pressure—it’s time to get it sharpened. If you'd like an extremely easy-to-use, turnkey solution, we recommend the Limited Edition Work Sharp x Artisan Revere. We suggest following the Eastern Recipe, as described in the literature that comes with your Work Sharp. If not, we suggest investing in some good whetstones.

 

How do I care for my knife?

The Artisan Revere knife is designed to be so strong, so durable, that your grandchildren can pass it down to their own children one day. This is only possible if you care for your knife properly. You should: Hand wash after every use with soap and warm water, and dry completely before storing. Using the abrasive side of a sponge can leave scratch marks on your blade, so make sure you purchase a non-scratch sponge. Acidic foods can cause the knife to patina modestly if not washed off after use. Food-grade mineral oil will remove this patina.  Avoid the dishwasher: it ruins the blade, may cause pitting corrosion, and compromises the handle—it also voids your warranty. Only cut non-frozen foods. Don’t use your knife as a substitute for a hammer, can opener, screw driver, or box cutter. Do not cut bone with your knife—that’s what butcher knives and cooking shears are for. Add a drop or two of food grade mineral oil to the handle and blade to bring back the original, factory-quality sheen. We suggest only using wooden or plastic cutting boards. Acceptable wooden boards include: walnut, cherry, maple. Avoid: teak, bamboo, Paperstone, Richlite, ceramic, glass, granite, and marble. Transfer foods using a bench scraper—do not use the cutting edge of your knife as this can roll the edge. 

 

Is this knife dishwasher safe?

No. In fact, no high quality knife is dishwasher safe. Your dishwasher is a hurricane of scorching hot water and highly abrasive detergent―a perfect storm that can chip, dull, destroy, and warp even the strongest steel. Your dishwasher may also compromise the epoxy that helps hold together the knife handle.

 

Is this really the first ever Elmax kitchen knife?

No. There are 2 companies that have made Elmax knives in the past. One of them occasionally still does, though they are focused on outdoor knives. There are also less than a handful of custom knife makers who use Elmax, one of whom we prototyped with extensively last year. We are unaware of anyone making more than 10 Elmax chef knives per year.