-Steak Knives: Blade Options

Salter Fine Cutlery steak knife sets feature our signature handcrafted Hawaiian koa handles or can be made with your choice of handle material. All of our sets feature hand-forged highest quality stainless steel Japanese blades created exclusively for Salter Fine Cutlery in collaboration with our Japanese bladesmiths.

All sets are available with exquisite Hawaiian curly koa handcrafted presentation boxes, keepsake boxes, gift boxes, in-drawer racks, traditional knife blocks, or as individually sold knives without storage.

Our custom order sets are all made-to-order using your choice of blade and handle options. Scroll down to see blade options and examples of previously made sets.

20-piece custom steak knife set in presentation box by Salter Fine Cutlery

Above: A 20-piece combination set in a presentation box including eighteen damascus steak knives and two 130mm cattlemen's style "Charybdis whirlpool damascus" steak knives with extra decorative handles.

Below: A 6-piece set in an upgrade presentation box. 130mm cattlemen's style blades with our "Charybdis" whirlpool damascus pattern and extra-decorative handles.

6-piece handmade R2 stainless steel steak knife set in upgrade presentation box featuring our Charybdis design series whirlpool damascus finish in a 130mm Cattlemans style blade shape and extra-decorative handles of Hawaiian curly koa wood by Salter Fine Cutlery luxury custom tableware

Blades styles we offer:

These blade styles are shown in photos on this page. Scroll to see examples of blades and combinations using various woods and other materials. When ordering, we find it best to first choose your favorite blade finish, then we can help you with the available handle and storage options, and pricing to make your ordering process both more fun and efficient.

  • Charybdis Whirlpool Damascus with gray matte finish-available in a variety of shapes and blade lengths with your choice of full or hidden tang handles
  • Raptor with polished claw mark finish combined with matte damascus lines near the blade edge-available in a variety of shapes and blade lengths with your choice of full or hidden tang handles
  •  Moderna random whirlpool damascus with high-polish finish-can be ordered in your choice of blade length
  • Classic Satin Clad or Classic Polished Clad finish-available in a variety of shapes and blade lengths with your choice of full or hidden tang handles
  • Salter Original Classic with damascus pattern-blade length approx 5 inches
  • Salter Original Classic with hammered pattern polished finish-blade length approx 5 inches
  • Dragon Series with rugged black hammering marks, polished finish and subtle damascus lines near blade edge-blade length approx 5 inches 

New hidden tang version of our popular Raptor steak knives paired with matching chef knives and knife block by Salter Fine Cutlery

Above: Our popular "Raptor" R2 stainless steel steak knives are shown here in a hidden tang version. This version allows you to order your knife set with your choice of handle shape and a wide variety of handle accent possibilities. Above steak knives have our extra-decorative-series handles featuring metal accents on both ends of the handle, plus an ebony accent piece and straight faceted handle shape. They are part of a combination chef/steak knife set in a knife storage block. 

Blade Steels:

All of our blades are made using the highest quality Japanese stainless cutlery steels.

  • Charybdis whirlpool pattern, Raptor, and the new Moderna blades are made with R2 powder metal die damascus steel. 
  • Classic Satin Clad and Classic Polished Clad styles are made with VG10 or SRS13 stainless steel. 
  • Salter Original Classic damascus blades use VG10 stainless steel.
  • Salter Original Classic with hammered finish blades are R2 stainless steel.
  • Dragon series blades will be made using either VG10 or R2 stainless steel depending upon steel availability to the bladesmith

Above: The "Moderna", our newest design for 2023, This blade is made by the same bladesmith who makes our Charybdis whirlpool damascus blades, but for this blade we have asked him to blend the whirlpool damascus pattern with a traditional hammered damascus pattern to create a random and more subtle modern look with a high-polished finish. Blade length shown is 127mm (approx 5 inches). This style is a full-tang handle design only.

A gallery of knives using a variety of handle materials.

In the following six photos you can see samples of both our popular Raptor and Salter Original Classic Damascus blades with some examples of handles using other exotic woods.

This custom Raptor series steak knife featured a ylang-ylang "perfume wood" handle with short ebony bolster and slate accents handmade in Hawaii by Salter Fine Cutlery luxury tableware

Above: The "Raptor" design series blades can be ordered with your choice of handle materials. Above knife features our full-tang version knife with a ylang-ylang (perfume wood) handle with short Mozambique ebony bolster and slate/black accents. 

Below: "Raptor" series R2 stainless steel with high-polished claw-mark raptor finish and matte damascus finish nearer the blade edge. 5" blade available in full-tang or partial-tang models and many choices of handle materials and shapes to fit your own personal tastes. Mix with your personal handle option for a truly unique set like this wood "variety pack" set.

Custom luxury steak knife set eclectic "variety pack" featuring Raptor series hand-forged R2 Japanese stainless steel blades with various wood handles and short ebony bolsters from Salter Fine Cutlery of Hawaii

Below: "Raptor" full-tang steak knife with our 'Salter classic' handle shape. Sets can be ordered with a large variety of handle woods. Shown below with lychee wood and brass bolsters and accents.

Raptor design steak knife blade with lychee wood handle and brass bolster by Salter Fine Cutlery

Raptor design steak knife set featuring a variety of handle materials including dark elegant wenge wood with brass bolsters by Salter Fine Cutlery of Hawaii

 Above: "Raptor" design series steak knives with a variety of handle woods. From front to back; Wenge, Koa, Lychee, Bubinga, Kiawe, Ylang-Ylang, Thuya burl, and Colobolo.

Below: "Raptor" design steak knife with curly koa wood handle and ebony bolsterRaptor design series full tang handmade stainless steel steak knife with curly koa wood and Mozambique ebony handle by Salter Fine Cutlery

Below: Optional design for our "Salter Original Classic Damascus" blade. Same great damascus pattern. Same great Salter "classic" full-tang handle design. New protective finger guard at end of the blade can be ordered. Ask for details.

2022 version Salter Original Classic damascus steak knives with choice of custom handle woods this set featured lychee wood with cinnamon accents from Salter Fine Cutlery luxury tableware made-to-order

VG10 hand-forged stainless steel steak knife with contoured bolster extra metal and black decorative features and curly Hawaiian koa wood handles by Salter Fine Cutlery

Above: "Salter Original Classic Damascus" VG10 hand-forged Japanese stainless steel with 5" blade and damascus finish

His and Hers steak knives featuring different blades and matching handles from Salter Fine Cutlery of Hawaii

Above: His and hers steak knife set featuring one Cattleman's style steak knife from our "Charybdis whirlpool damascus" design series and one "Classic Polished Clad" blade from the same Japanese bladesmith. Both knives have sustainably harvested Mozambique ebony handles with brass bolsters and accents.

Moderna design steak knives with modern elegant styling shown with curly Hawaiian koa wood handles with stainless steel bolsters handmade luxury tableware from Salter Fine Cutlery

Above: This "Moderna" full-tang steak knife set features slick modern lines in a full-tang design knife. A new whirlpool damascus pattern is mixed in a random fashion with traditional damascus lines to create a unique, yet deliciously subtle look when polished to a near mirror polish finish. We chose very curly koa wood with an emphasis on feature over stripes, stainless steel bolsters and black/white accents to compliment white dinnerware for this client.

Below: For an impressive knife for your tomahawk steak, choose a 138mm XL clip-point steak knife. From our "Charybdis whirlpool damascus" collectible series with a signature whirlpool pattern blade finish and shown with "artist-series" hidden-tang handles.

138mm XL clip-point Charybdis steak knife for impressive roasts and tomahawk steaks from Salter Fine Cutlery

Below: R2 stainless steel 127mm clip-point design blade with "Charybdis" whirlpool damascus finish. Shown with our exclusive customized "artist-series" hidden-tang handles.

Handmade steak knives featuring Gingami3 powder metal die stainless steel with Charybdis whirlpool damascus finish by Salter Fine Cutlery of Hawaii

New for 2022 satin clad blade with hamon line finish in our full-tang Salter Original Classic design series VG10 san mai stainless steel by Salter Fine Cutlery

 Above: This new model "Classic Satin Clad" 127mm VG10 stainless steel blade with Japanese SanMai clad finish has a hamon line visible near the blade edge. This full-tang blade can be ordered in a satin clad or high polished finish. Shown here with curly koa handle and short ebony bolster with black and white accents. Ask for the "Classic Satin Clade" design when placing your order. Each blade signed in kanji by the bladesmith

Below:  Same great "Charybdis whirlpool damascus" blade with a130mm cattleman's style blade with faceted straight handle and stainless metal and ebony accents for a modern look for your dining table. Ask for our "Artist-series" handle pricing for this knife. 

130mm "cattleman's style" steak knife from our Charybdis design series of fine steak and chef knives exclusively from Salter Fine Cutlery

Below: R2 stainless steel 120mm version clip-point blade with partial "Charybdis whirlpool damascus" pattern finish and elegant "traditional free-flow" handle

120mm stainless steel handmade steak knives with Charybdis partial whirlpool pattern from Salter Fine Cutlery

The "Dragon" series. The dragon of ancient lore seems to have breathed fire onto the tops of these mirror polished bladesThey feature a black hammered finish combined with mirror polish damascus lines near the blade edge.  Perfect for both outdoor summer grill parties or paired with your finest dinnerware.

Below: Our new "Dragon" steak knives have a combination of heavy forging marks along the top of each blade contrasted with high-polished damascus lines as the blade tapers to the blade edge. Shown below with curly koa wood handles and brass contoured bolsters. Full-tang construction and approximate 5 inch long blades.

Dragon series steak knives handforged in Japan handcrafted by Salter Fine Cutlery in the USA

 Please refer to the following pages for other examples of possible combinations.

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