Ken Onion made his first knife in 1991 and hasn’t looked back. He is a prodigious innovator holding 36 design patents on different items including locks, mechanisms, and knife designs.
And frankly, I really love his designs. So when I had the chance I picked up a kitchen knife from his Rain collection from Chef Works. The instantly visible, the most striking aspect of the knife is the highly polished blade with a textured rain drop pattern. Hence the name. The pattern on the blade is designed to reduce food drag caused by surface tension and drag coefficient by creating multiple pockets of air.
Beats me. I know drag coefficient is used in calculating friction forces which resist movement. I’m sure if you spent 8 hours a day cutting food, you’d want reduced food drag too!
This comes from Knife Magazine Staff Correspondent Frank Karl’s personal blog. Give it a gander if you are so inclined.View Linked Article