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Local Australian plants and woods handcrafted into handles for Japanese Damascus steel knives. Each knife is unique.
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We are looking to create our first (maybe only) batch of unique knives which fuse Japanese steel with Australian wood, resin infused handles - each knife will be ONE OF A KIND.

The batch will include three different styles. The Gyoto which is the most diverse knife, the Bunka which adds weight and muscle to conquer proteins and starchy vegetables and finally the petty knife which is smaller and more intricate (perfect for fruits or detailed slicing). 

We currently have sourced various woods to craft the handles as stock in their raw form. The wood should create approximately 40 or so handles (first in best dressed) for each of 9 unique woods we have chosen. Each wood represents the history of food and Australia - Almond Roots (from McLaren Vale almond fields), Platypus Gum Burl(carved from termites), Dwarf Banksia Pod, etc. More detail included below.

The blades are razor sharp,made from Japanese AUS-10 67 layer Damascus stainless steel. 

To personalise what you hold in your hand you can choose the handle that best matches you. You will receive your KOI KNIFE beautifully boxed and delivered to you and with your name or initials engraved (to make it truly customised to you). 

Three Knife Collection
Three Knife Collection

WHY?

We love and are so proud of the final product we have come up with. We are running this Kickstarter campaign to make knives that are special for their owners and make dining a special experience. We want others to enjoy cooking and dining as much as we do. The blade in your hand is how the whole night begins.

HOW?

We have dug up tree and shrub roots, accumulated sections of burl and trunk and gathered two types of banksia pods. All collected in South Australia around one of Australia's premier wine regions, McLaren Vale fanning through to the Fleurieu Peninsula and the Adelaide Hills. At this stage it is all raw unrefined wood in a paddock.

If we reach our target we will then be able to process these woods into stabilised (hard) handle blocks. The way we make our handles, no two handles will ever be the same.

If we reach our target Kickstarter pledge goal, we then get to work making this wood into these handles.

OUR ETHOS

We eat three meals a day, why would you not want to prepare these with a knife that is both visually stunning and razor sharp? We want to put a smile on your face every time you pick up a knife to chop, cut or slice and we believe this knife will do that. A Famous Japanese sushi chef was once quoted saying "You need to be one with your knife, it needs to feel like an extension of your arm". This is what we want to give you.

Bunka With Magenta Cork Tree Burl Handle
Bunka With Magenta Cork Tree Burl Handle

That moment when we knew we were onto something truly unique...

We (Shannon & Ramon) are two cooking and kitchen knife obsessed Australians. We have been making and collecting kitchen knives for many years and boast over 80 between us.

We had the steel, we knew this. Technically our knives had a superior cutting edge using the best Japanese steels.....Shannon's background is with steel. His father taught him how to harden annealed steels by eye when he was young and has never looked back so we knew we had that covered. 

Our handles were OK. We were using hard woods and compounds from various suppliers which work well. Generally materials like Pekka, rosewood or walnut that were all from overseas and had unexciting colours like dark brown, black or walnut. They made nice knives but we wanted more...

Ramon's mother, an artist who studied art in Japan, married Ramon's father, a travelling Dutchman. Ramon inherited his mothers artistic touch which comes through in our knives with Wa-style "D" shape handles with a half tang, traditional Japanese styles. The handles we realised is the area in knives that can give true scope for beauty and art. It is the part we touch and hold the most.

We started in Ramon's mothers art studio, the three of us trying to dye wood to bring the influence of colour we desired. We had a lot of dye tests go wrong and not much success early, but this period of time was important because it's when we decided we wanted to use Australian wood & shrubs from our region set with vibrant colours that complement these material types.

At this point we needed some help.... Enter George. George has a background as an arborist as well as stabilising (hardening) soft woods by casting them in resin. We worked with George for a long period of time (roughly 1 year) and fed on his wisdom and experience. Eventually we were making handle blanks that filled the missing gap we were looking for. Like jewellery, each handle crafted became an item we felt honoured to touch.

Handle Block Blanks
Handle Block Blanks
  • 1)Hairy Banksia Pod Fused With Green Snake Eyes Green
  • 2)Bottle Brush Root Fused With Violet Haze
  • 3)Brown Mallee Fused With White Pearl
  • 4)Cork Tree Burl Fused With Magenta Pink
  • 5)Dwarf Banksia Pod Fused With Peacock Turquoise
  • 6)Peppercorn Tree Fused With Shiraz Burgundy
  • 7)Poplar Burl Fused With Ocean Blue
  • 8)Platypus Gum Fused With Saffron Orange

We finally had our knives at a level we knew was something truly unique and special. 

Local woods cast in a resin to stabilise them. Every piece fused with a colour that is a romantic marriage to the wood it represents. This was the birth of "KOI KNIVES"


Want to be the envy of everyone at your dinner party? 

HOW TO SELECT THE KNIFE FOR YOU?


First- Blade

Firstly are you after a 3 piece collection or single knife? We selected these three knife styles as a collection as they cover all bases. You will have a knife for all kitchen chopping tasks you will ever come across.

If you're after a single blade we suggest you pick a blade that represents what you love to cut and eat. If you love meat grab a BUNKA knife, or if you are a vegetarian cutting fruit and vegetables perhaps the PETTY blade is the way to go, or if you want an all round work horse, the GYOTO is for you. With these three blade styles, you have every chopping or slicing task covered in the kitchen. 


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Showing my daughter how to thinly slice cucumber with a GYOTO!


Whilst we have expressed that uniqueness is important, the choice of steel is not an area in which we wish to be unique - our steel needs to be the best. Sourced from Japan, we are using AUS 10 stainless steel. The Japanese have been making the greatest steel for hundreds of years. We wanted to offer the best stainless steel, and although we love a nice carbon blade, we believe stainless is the best option to help avoid rust issues.

GYOTO Specifications
GYOTO Specifications
BUNKA Specifications
BUNKA Specifications
PETTY Specifications
PETTY Specifications

Second- Handle

Once your blade (or collection) has been chosen the next step is to choose a handle that reflects you as a person. Ramon's dad chose two handle types- one Platypus gum burl fused with saffron orange and one Poplar burl fused with ocean blue - a colour scheme which matched his much loved Dutch soccer team. Shannon’s mother, a lover of all things purple went for Bottle Brush root fused with violet haze. Everyone has a different style, different taste and different story, so pick what best resonates with you.

Almond, Brown Mallee, Dwarf Banksia, Peppercorn Tree & Platypus Gum.
Almond, Brown Mallee, Dwarf Banksia, Peppercorn Tree & Platypus Gum.

Third- Customising

As a finishing touch to your KOI Knife we want to offer you an extra level of customising on top of your already one off handle. We would like to offer you the opportunity to have your knife initialled or named specifically to you. For example if "John Citizen" was to pledge to us with a knife set, we want to engrave "JC" or a preferred nickname. If you're going to give someone the the gift of the best knife they will ever have, you can then have their initials or name on the knife blade.

CONGRATULATIONS!- You're done, if you follow those three steps you have a knife or collection that is customised to you and represents your taste in life. Well done! 

OUR PLEDGE

1 x PETTY knife Kickstarter early bird price- $125

Your choice of handle wood.

1 x GYOTO knife Kickstarter early bird price- $175

Your choice of handle wood.

1 x BUNKA knife Kickstarter early bird price- $195

Your choice of handle wood.

3 x knife collection Kickstarter special price- $395

Your choice of handle woods.

STRETCH GOALS

If we reach 200% of our goal we have a couple of other knives to be crafted. Stay tuned.....

A few additional pics so you can understand the flavor :) .....

Petty Knife
Petty Knife
The Workshop...
The Workshop...
The Master Craftsman
The Master Craftsman

Risks and challenges

We hope that people love our knives. That said every knife is different. Better or worse every handle will be different and we do not know the exact handle look in particular until production is complete (as the colour profile constantly changes as we turn down and shape the handle).

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    PETTY/ Utility Knife

    OVERVIEW-
    The Petty knife is a great companion to the Gyoto and is a must in all good kitchens. As with the Gyoto it’s a great allrounder. A lot of home cooks are a little intimidated by the larger Gyoto and like to prepare meals with this knife as they feel comfortable for them to slice and chop. The smaller blade and lighter weight gives this handy knife great control and feel to the user. This is my mum's favourite knife to use.
    This knife is perfect smaller produce such as ginger, garlic, fruit, herbs, and smaller meat cuts. It is excellent for making salads and garnishes, also can be used for boning and butterflying meats.

    SPECIFICATIONS-

    BLADE MATERIAL- Japanese AUS-10 67 layer Damascus Stainless Steel
    HARDNESS- 58-60 HRC
    BLADE GRIND- Double 50/50 Bevel
    BLADE CUTTING EDGE- 150mm
    BLADE TOTAL LENGTH- 160mm
    KNIFE TOTAL LENGTH- 300mm
    KNIFE WEIGHT- 120g

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    GYOTO/ Chefs Knife

    OVERVIEW-

    Gyoto translates to "BEEF SWORD" in Japanese and is the equivalent of the western Chef’s knife. This knife is my favourite knife and the most popular choice in most home cooks and with chefs. This workhorse is versatile and can be used for most chopping and slicing tasks in the kitchen.

    SPECIFICATIONS-

    BLADE MATERIAL- Japanese AUS-10 67 layer Damascus Stainless Steel
    HARDNESS- 58-60 HRC
    BLADE GRIND- Double 50/50 Bevel
    BLADE CUTTING EDGE- 210mm
    BLADE TOTAL LENGTH- 220mm
    BLADE HEIGHT AT HEEL- 48mm
    BLADE THICKNESS- 2.8mm
    TOTAL WEIGHT- 205g

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    BUNKA / Protein & Starch Knife

    OVERVIEW-

    The Bunka knife is a general purpose kitchen knife, perfect for proteins and starchy vegetables. If you love cooking meat, fish, and veg then this is the knife for you. The Bunka works perfectly in the kitchen with the Gyoto and the Petty. Designed with blade dimples to stop starchy vegetable and meat sticking to the blade. The Bunka has a thicker blade and a tall heel designed for chopping meat were more downwards force might be required such as small bones, similar to a cleaver. The Bunka has a reverse tanto tip, which apart from making it look freaking awesome it is really handy having the point for cutting sinew from the bone when boning.

    SPECIFICATIONS-

    BLADE MATERIAL- Japanese AUS-10 67 layer Damascus Stainless Steel
    HARDNESS- 58-60 HRC
    BLADE GRIND- Double 50/50 Bevel
    BLADE CUTTING EDGE- 185mm
    BLADE TOTAL LENGTH- 195mm
    BLADE HEIGHT AT HEEL- 56mm
    BLADE THICKNESS- 3.2mm
    TOTAL LENGTH- 335mm
    TOTAL WEIGHT- 240g

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    3 Knife Set - GYOTO / BUNKA / PETTY

    With this set you have every task in the kitchen covered. You will be cooking up a storm in no time and be and the envy of everyone at your dinner party.
    Choose if you would like all the handles to be the same wood and colour combinations or have each one different. The choice is yours!

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