The Best Clad Professional Collection is constructed from an exceptional quality 3 layer steel. The central layer (cutting edge) is High Carbon Steel (AUS-8A) which has Chromium and Molybdenum added to make it stainless. The 2 outer layers are of soft stainless steel (SUS 405). This range of knives is fully forged and with its full tang, 3 rivets and bolstered shoulder provide blades of exceptional balance.
The hard central core ensures a long enduring edge - commonly 3 to 4 times longer than a good quality European Stainless Steel blade. The hardness of AUS8-A steel also means that we are able to hone the blade to a shallower angle to achieve breathtaking sharpness. The 2 softer outer layers make the task of re-sharpening consummately easy, as the bulk of the blade that needs to be reground is soft steel.
The softer more flexible steel also provides more cushioning and absorption qualities than knives constructed from a single layer of hard steel, as well as providing weight for balance and feel. With expert Japanese tempering a Rockwell rating of 60-61 is achieved! A hardness of steel virtually unheard of in other knives and unsurpassed by any other than our other ranges such as Artisan, Murata, Hattori and Harima.
The Professional Collection has been designed and manufactured for use by the serious amateur or busy professional and the 5 knives of this Collection cover every culinary task.