The Sandrin Nakiri, a supermetal knife made from a new proprietary grade of tungsten carbide, toppled its funding goal on its Kickstarter launch campaign in just two hours, the company announced. The knife, now the most technically advanced chef’s knife ever made, achieves an unprecedented hardness of 71 on the Rockwell scale.
Sandrin Nakiri Supermetal Knife
“Making a knife out of this metal was long considered impossible,” said Robert Bianchin, who is a collaborative partner in the Nakiri project. “Working with the legendary Italian metallurgical company, Turmond SPA, though, we have done the impossible.”
The Nakiri takes tungsten carbide, a metal used for industrial cutting tools, and puts it in the hands of chefs. The metal is one of the hardest substances known to man. However, traditional grades of tungsten cabide is very brittle, which had rendered it unusable for a kitchen knife. Turmond SPA, which is a world leader in tungsten carbide technology, developed a proprietary “breakthrough” method for using tungsten carbide in truly revolutionary ways.
The Sandrin/Cabot folks gave me a tungsten folder at SHOT Show to demo. The knife’s lock and other construction details are not quite ready for prime-time. The blade holds an edge incredibly well though.View Linked Article