A. G. Russell Folding Cook's Knife II
The original A. G. Russell™ Folding Hocho, made for us in Japan for years, has probably been our second best selling knife ever, after the K-93 Featherlite pocketknife. Cooking personality Alton Brown bought several. He told me that he really liked the knife, but he would like it even better if I would put handle scales on one for him. I found that it was impossible to do a decent job of applying scales because of the way the handle is constructed. It is seldom a good idea to fix what is not broken, but Mr. Brown is both a good customer and someone I admire. I have followed his work on "The Cooking Channel" for several years, so I decided to design a new Folding Cook's Knife that would include handle scales.
Like the original, this knife was designed to be a personal knife for those who want the finest possible tool for slicing, dicing and otherwise preparing vegetables and meats. It is not a camp knife or a hunting knife, but works wonderfully in the kitchen of a New York City apartment or a Wyoming hunting camp, when preparing a meal for one or a whole ranch crew.
The blade is very similar to that in the original. It is a 4-1/2" Santoku style blade measuring almost 1-1⁄2" wide and is made of the same steel we use in most of our traditional pocketknives - 8Cr13MoV at 57-59 Rc., which will hold a razor sharp edge extremely well, yet is easily sharpened. We suggest the A.G. Russell™ Ceramic Sharpener (CS94 . . . $39.95) for that purpose. Keep one in your kitchen drawer and you will find it simple to maintain a very keen edge on all your kitchen knives. The liners, bolsters and clip are all stainless steel; the handle scales are black G-10. There is a thong hole at the butt in case you wish to remove the clip and carry in your pocket. Measures 5-3/8" closed and weighs 6.9 oz. Made in China.