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Taking inspiration from a surgeon's scalpel we've created a handmade steak knife like no other.
Taking inspiration from a surgeon's scalpel we've created a handmade steak knife like no other.
Designed in London.Handmade in Sheffield.
Taking inspiration from a surgeon's scalpel we've created a handmade steak knife like no other. Designed in London.Handmade in Sheffield.
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Taking inspiration from a surgeon's scalpel we've created a precision steak knife that's nimble enough to effortlessly tackle any cut of meat.

Skalpel is a minimalist piece of design that delivers maximum performance.

Distinctive and generous grooves in the handle are ground by hand to achieve an incredibly tactile finish and secure grip.

This stunning knife is the result of months of testing and refinement by master knife maker Stuart Mitchell. 

Its ergonomic design not only looks great, but is perfectly weighted to feel just right in hand.

Stuart Mitchell's Workshop, Sheffield.
Stuart Mitchell's Workshop, Sheffield.

Stuart's Sheffield grinding wheel in action.

Handmade by the same hands.

Stuart is a master knife maker with over 35 years experience of making custom knives. 

Each Skalpel is handmade by Stuart in his workshop where everything passes through his hands and his hands only.

After our 8mm thick steel is laser cut into blanks Stuart takes it through the following meticulous stages:

  • Heat treatment 
  • Deep freezing 
  • Rough grinding of the bevels and grooves 
  • Glazing at 80 grit 
  • Glazing at 120 grit 
  • Fine glazing at 240 grit 
  • Fine glazing at 400 grit 
  • Hand finishing the grooves 
  • Preliminary hand rubbing 
  • Sharpening/Whetting the blade edge 
  • Final hand rubbing the satin polish 
  • Stropping the final blade edge

Leaving you with a steak knife like no other, complete with a distinctive satin polish finish.

Sleek but strong

Skalpel is made from a single section of Sheffield stainless steel, produced by Outokumpu - making high end steel is what they're all about.

This specially commissioned 8mm thick SF100 stainless steel gives a slick appearance whilst keeping a robust construction.

This grade of steel stays sharper for longer, whilst the size and shape of our blade allows you to effortlessly tackle any cut of meat.

No welding. Just solid steel and solid design.
No welding. Just solid steel and solid design.

The best cut for your cut 

‘If you need a serrated steak knife you either need a better knife or a better butcher’

The Skalpel has a razor sharp, smooth edge, that slices your favourite cut with ease and without any tearing.

Size & Scale 

Whilst we took inspiration from a surgeon's scalpel this knife has been scaled beautifully to ensure total comfort and control when cutting.

Here's how it measures up:

  • 58mm blade edge
  • 155mm butt to edge
  • 140mm butt to plunge
  • Handle retains its full 8mm stock
  • Weight 120g

Steel with a story

This batch of 8mm thick SF100 steel was specially commissioned by Stuart to honour the centenary of Harry Brearley's creation of the first rustless steel, or what we now more commonly refer to as stainless steel. 

Making every Skalpel a part of Sheffield steel history.

Skalpel of Sheffield

Sheffield is considered the home of stainless steel, a world leader in quality production. 

Stuart’s workshop is situated in Portland Works, a heritage location where both traditional and modern makers work together as a cooperative. 

It's an incredible place to visit and if you're one of our 'Select Cut' backers you'll have the opportunity to be given a guided tour by Stuart himself where he might even put the kettle on and break out the posh biscuits.

Portland Works, Sheffield.
Portland Works, Sheffield.

Limited & Unique

We're incredibly passionate about the craftsmanship of our product and want to dedicate enough time, care and attention to making sure each knife is nothing less than perfect. 

Limiting production of the Skalpel to just 100 units a month ensures we meet these high quality standards, and keep to our estimated delivery dates too.

Pledges are available by calendar month using a first come first served principle.

Simply put, the sooner you pledge, the sooner you can have your knife.

High standards are our highest priority.
High standards are our highest priority.

A new addition!

We're proud to announce that we are now able to offer a beautifully made roll bag for your Skalpel at a very special price.

Thanks to Backyard Denim, a local supplier based in Walthamstow (London), we are proud to offer a single and multi knife roll to compliment your Skalpel.

The knife rolls have been made from a heavyweight 18oz cotton canvas with protective brown leather flap and solid copper hardware.

Every roll is lovingly handmade and finished with a heavy braided thread, originally designed for stitching leather. 

Each thread length is waxed before use with natural beeswax.

**For those wanting to add a roll bag to your existing pledge please go to your profile and select the 'manage my pledge' option.

Once there please increase your pledge by the cost of the roll bag you would like plus postage.

Postage will be in addition to any you've already paid for on your original pledge with a worldwide rate of £15 and a U.K rate of £8**

Thank You

First and foremost, we would like to thank anyone who makes a pledge and helps our Skalpel project become a reality. 

We’ve loved the journey this project has taken us on and really appreciate your support.  

In the run up to launch it was overwhelming to get such a positive reaction to this unique design from across the globe.

We also want to thank the wider team behind creating this Kickstarter campaign. 

Stills: Tal Silverman

Moving image: Tal Silverman

Editor: Crispin Devrill

Post Production: The Forge

VO: Rick Romero

Risks and challenges

Something that has been at the forefront of our minds when embarking on this project is to guarantee we never make promises to our backers that we can't keep.

We've studied lots of other campaigns and one nobody wants to see is a comment board full of people asking 'where's my order?'.

We believe our schedule, which limits production to 100 units a month, minimises the chance of issues like this arising.

In the unlikely event that any delays arise, it's our commitment to let you know why and what we are doing to solve it.

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    Pledge £40 or more About $51

    Earlybird Single Skalpel Roll Bag

    A handmade roll bag for a single Skalpel at a very special price.

    Constructed from heavyweight 18oz canvas cotton, vegetable tanned leather and solid copper fixings.

    Created in London by Backyard Denim exclusively for Skalpel.

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    Earlybird Multi Skalpel Roll Bag

    A handmade roll bag for up to 8 Skalpels at a very special price.

    Constructed from heavyweight 18oz canvas cotton, vegetable tanned leather and solid copper fixings.

    Created in London by Backyard Denim exclusively for Skalpel.

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    1 x Skalpel Steak Knife

    Delivered May 2018

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    Pledge £125 or more About $161

    Skalpel - Earlybird Personalised

    1 x Skalpel Steak Knife personalised.

    Our logo on one side, your choice of text on the other.

    Make this knife extra special with our laser engraving service.

    Makes a perfect gift for Father's day in June.

    Delivered May 2018

    **We will ask for your desired text via a survey once our funding period has ended**

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    Pledge £150 or more About $193

    Skalpel - Select Cut Package

    1 x First release of 50 Skalpels

    Includes:
    • Guided tour of Portland Works and cup of tea with Stuart
    • Free lifetime Skalpel sharpening by Stuart Mitchell
    • Free personalised engraving
    • Unique Skalpel ornament made from steel off cuts.
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    Skalpel set of 4

    4 x Skalpel Steak Knives

    We are setting aside a small quantity of knives for those looking to purchase four at the same time.

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