Kodiak 8" San Mai Steel Chef Knife with Wood Handle


Named after Kodiak Island in Alaska, both for its rugged looks and build quality, but also for the San Mai steel pattern that looks like it could be a coastline. The Kodiak 8” San Mai Chef Knife is the perfect addition to your kitchen knife collection. It has a deep 2” blade that protects your fingers and knuckles while using the knife and allows you to grip the knife in different ways. 

Handmade of San Mai Steel, this chef knife is meant to be used. San Mai Steel comes from Japanese bladesmiths who would weld multiple steels together to create a strong, yet supple blade. The center of the blade is made of high-carbon D2 steel and is sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel. D2 steel is your cutting surface and the two layers of stainless steel act as a protective barrier to the carbon layer. As carbon steel is prone to rust if not dried and oiled, the stainless steel helps protect this layer of steel from potential rust. Perfect for a kitchen knife that needs to be very sharp but isn’t so painstakingly difficult to maintain as a full carbon knife.


If you love this chef knife you may also be interested in our Kodiak 8" Damascus Steel Chef Knife made out of Damascus Steel and complete with Rosewood Handle.

Kodiak 8" San Mai Chef Knife Specifications:

  • Overall Length: 13"
  • Handle Length: 4"
  • Blade Length: 8"
  • Blade Material: San Mai Steel (D2 high-carbon steel, sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel)
  • Blade thickness: 2.5mm
  • Grind: Secondary bevel
  • Handle Material: Tali Wood
  • Includes a wood presentation box.

Please note: Each knife is handmade from natural materials. There will be some variation in color, metal pattern and overall look. The knife you receive will have the same attention to quality and detail as the one pictured but may differ slightly in appearance.

Care Instructions:

1095 steel is a high-carbon steel and will rust if not dried and oiled after use. Hand wash only with soap and hot water. Dry completely before oiling.

About Forseti Steel:

The secret to forging authentic Damascus steel knives has long been lost, but Forseti Steel stays as true to the tradition as they can by commissioning smiths with Damascus ancestry to hand-make all of their blades. The artists behind the enamoring water-like patterns of folded and pounded steel have all learned their skills and techniques from the generations that worked the metals before them.

In addition to paying tribute to the Damascus practice in technique and appearance, Forseti Steel shows its respect for history's heroes, legends, and characters with their knives' names. The 9", walnut-handled Sentinel, for example, honors the Sentinels who stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington.