The South Carolina knifemaker that created this carving set exclusively for Kaufmann Mercantile sees his creations as function first; art second. In terms of function, the knife will cut right through your Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas ham or any other roast you are carving up with its grade 440C stainless steel blade. According to the American Iron and Steel Institute, (AISI), this is one of the hardest, strongest cutlery metals available, with a high edge retention to stay sharper longer. The fork, also 440C stainless steel, is designed with prongs that are one inch longer than your typical carving utensil – allowing you to easily pierce through and steady your meat as you carve up the meal at the head of the table. As for the carving set’s more decorative features, the handles are made with 250-year-old Black Walnut, which the maker chose based on the beauty and history within the wood grain pattern. He used naturally shed White-Tailed deer antler found on the grounds of a friend’s farm as an accent. The handles are subtly contoured for a comfortable and secure grip. This is truly an heirloom piece before it even comes out of the box - meant to be used often and passed down to the next generation.
This stainless steel carving set is as tough as they come, but hand washing is recommended to retain the integrity of the Black Walnut and White-Tailed deer antler handles. The handle is clear coated and sealed, but for extra protection, do not soak the handle to prevent the materials from bloating.
South Carolina craftsman Chris Williams learned the art of knifemaking from his grandfather when he was just seven years old. His knifemaking practice began as a hobby – a release from the daily grind of a demanding career in banking – but orders started coming in. Chris remembered an adage that his grandfather used to repeat often: “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.” Chris now makes knives full-time. He creates each and every single knife out of a warehouse in Charleston, with the help of a handful of knife artisans. For this carving set exclusive to Kaufmann Mercantile, Chris chose a special Black Walnut wood native to the Midwest and the central Eastern part of the United States. The wood was a gift from his friend, Dr. Bill Laney, whose sawyer great-grandfather left behind an entire garage of 250-year-old Black Walnut. The White-Tailed antler comes from yet another good friend, golfer Davis Love III, who owns Copeland Hall farm in Georgia. In the late winter and early spring, when the White-Tailed deer are beginning to shed, they frequently jump across the Copeland Hall fences to feast on the plantings. The impact of the jump landing naturally causes the antlers to drop. Chris visits the farm periodically to retrieve the antlers around the fence line.
Two-piece carving set includes 15-inch stainless steel knife with upswept blade and 13-inch tined fork. Black Walnut handle with naturally shed White-Tailed Deer antler band. Each one custom-made in South Carolina. Only at KM. (more info)
Knife: 15 inches long
Steel blade 9 ½ inches long
(38 cm; 24 cm)
Fork: 13 inches long
Steel tines 7 ½ inches long
(33 cm; 19 cm)
White-Tailed Deer Antler (naturally shed)
440 C Stainless Steel
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