Steelport knives are made in the USA by Eytan Zias in Portland Oregon and a group of craftspeople brought together in 2020 for this project.
Differential heat treated and cryogenically finished using 52100 carbon steel hardened to 65 HRC with stabilized maple handle. Heel and spine are ground with eased edges and are comfortable in a variety of grips. The stabilized wood handle will not shrink over time.
After testing the Steelport 8” chef, we found it has the more robust weight and balance of a Western chef knife with excellent performance. It's an easy, punchy feeling knife with a smooth cutting feel with good food release from it’s convex face.
The smooth, dark patina is not rough and grabby on food and does not impeded the cutting. It will change as the knife picks up a patina with use.
Edge life is what you would expect for a 65 HRC 52100 steel (great) but was very easy to sharpen and worked well with a wide variety of finish types; from 3000 to 8000 grit (I thought 4-6K to be the sweet spot).