Don Andrade – Custom Chef’s Set


Item Condition: New
Handle Material: Lignum Vitae
Blade Steel: 1095 Carbon Tool Steel
Blade Length Utility: 4  1/4″
Blade Length Santoku: 5  3/4″

OAL Utility: 8  1/4″ 

OAL Santoku: 11″

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Don Carlos Andrade is a knifemaker, sculptor, chef and teacher living in California. His interest in handmade knives began in 1985 when he entered culinary school in Los Angeles. There, he saw his first hand made chef knife. Don became a collector and began to buy and sell one-of-akind knives to educate himself about cutlery. Inspecting the various knives and testing them in the kitchen and in the outdoors informed him about the value of a well-made knife. He discovered what he liked about certain styles of knives and found that knives created from
carbon steel often out-performed those made from stainless steel.

Fort Henry Custom Knives is proud to be a Dealer for Don Andrade

  Just Received ~ Direct from the Maker 


I met Don at a Knife Show a year or so ago, I had seen his fine Chef’s knives on several knife related websites and once I held them I knew  that he was a true artist striving to attain much more than just a sharp edge.  Don may be what some categorize as a true Renaissance Man, the more I spoke with Don the more excited I was to be working with him and sharing his vision.  

HERE is a page with some great background info on Don, his accomplishments and his philosophy on Knife Making. 

Direct from the Maker   

This is a beautiful Custom Santoku and Utility Chef’s set that will be the focus of any Kitchen!  Wonderfully designed, Hand Forged and beautifully finished! 

There are two Custom knives in this set, a Santoku inspired Japanese design for the larger knife and a smaller Utility more akin to popular French custom designs. 

 Both knives have wonderfully sized Matching Handles of Decorated African Blackwood,  the Bronze Pins and beautiful Lemonwood Inlays in the center provide a pleasing contrast.  Don has applied an artistic Dimpled Texture to the surface of each handle scale that not only looks great but also adds a bit of traction when your hands might be wet.  

These knives were built to be robust enough to be used daily and artistic enough to be displayed proudly when not in use.  

Don hand forges each blade to shape, each knife has a Full Height Flat Grind, a fine Distal Taper and and an impeccable Labor Intensive Hand Rubbed Satin Finish.  The Traditional Clay Quench on the Santoku is visible evidence of the Differential Heat Treat ~ this leaves a beautiful Hamon on the blade showing the Zones of varying hardness and provides a Razor Sharp edge that will last!   


Don’s Signature is engraved into the Blade, appearing like Runic Symbols the Mark is actually Don’s initials D.C.A. ~ when Don contemplated how to mark his Knives he chose the same Mark he had used in his Sculptures for over 20 years.

 This knife comes with two thick, storage sheaths.  

Don has included a Care Sheet for the Knives and the Sheaths. Once you hold and use this knife you will share in Don’s vision of finely crafted steel ~ 100% Made in the USA

An incredible value for a Hand Forged Blade of this size and quality. 

Complete with Signed Certificate of Authenticity / Material Detail Certificate


Additional information

Weight1 lbs
Dimensions9 × 6 × 3 in