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The Charybdis Collection

210mm collectible Charybdis chef knife with stand

The Charybdis Collection is a very special addition to our chef and steak knife collector series.

The Charybdis Collectible Chef Knife

Our Charybdis chef knives and sets are available in three sizes and two steel options--Shirogami carbon steel or Gingami 3 stainless steel that features a unique, breathtaking Damascus whirlpool pattern finish.

Charybdis blacksmith forging knives

This exquisite blade and Damascus pattern is the work and creation of an 8th generation Japanese master bladesmith, and we are excited to feature his amazing workmanship as our newest collectible. The blades are designed by and made exclusively for Salter Fine Cutlery. Each blade is signed in kanji by the bladesmith.

4-piece custom collectible chef knife set by Salter Fine Cutlery

To reserve your Charybdis Collectible Chef Knife or Set, call 808-883-0128.

Featuring a traditional Wa-style handle, every knife is perfectly balanced for optimal usage. Our handcrafted handles can be sized to fit your grip for added comfort and performance.

Hand-forging using centuries-old techniques

The Charybdis can be ordered as a single chef knife or in a set. Blades are available in 240mm, 210mm and 170mm.  (210mm Shirogami shown above; 240mm Shirogami shown below)

Call us for more information: 808-883-0128

240mm Charybdis collectible chef knife blade and decorative accents Salter Fine Cutlery custom knives

We also now offer these amazing blades in gingami3 stainless steel as shown in the photos below. Once again, they are offered in 240mm, 210mm and 170mm blade sizes.

4-piece Charybdis stainless damascus chef knife set in knife block showing 8 inch and 6.75 inch chef knives in front of stand 

For those not familiar with metric blade sizing, the blade sizes available are approximately a 9.5 inch long chef knife, an 8 inch standard chef knife and a 6.75 inch small chef knife.

240mm long Charybdis stainless steel damascus chef knife with extra decorative collectible Charybdis handle

As part of our Collectors Series, these knives have our signature custom, handcrafted handles in your choice of our rare, premium grade curly koa wood or thuya burl handles with finishing accents of Mozambique ebony or black buffalo horn. Other woods or materials can be used upon request.

4-piece stainless steel damascus handforged Charybdis collectible chef knife set with matching knife block by Salter Fine Cutlery

The Story

Because the whirlpool Damascus pattern on these blades is so remarkable, this collectible chef knife deserved a name befitting its rarity.

Charybdis (kǝ-rib-dǝs), in Greek mythology, was born a naiad, a beautiful sea nymph, daughter of Poseidon and Gaia. Together Charybdis and her father, Poseidon (god of the sea), used their power to flood and conquer land. Infuriated, Zeus punished Charybdis by transforming her into a sea monster and chaining her to the Strait of Messina off the coast of Sicily, where she has engulfed passing ships in her infamous and vicious “whirlpool of death.” Odysseus narrowly escaped Charybdis as he navigated this passage in Homer’s Odyssey.

Each Charybdis blade is completely made by hand. Here the bladesmith is grinding the blade.

We bring you the mystique of this mythology sea monster in the depths of our bladesmith’s signature Damascus pattern, so unique and rare that it is registered with the government of Japan.

Gtainless steel hand forging in our Charybdis collectible steak or utility knives from Salter Fine Cutlery

Charybdis Collectible Steak or Utility Knives

To add to your chef knife set or for a unique one-of-a-kind steak knife set, we are now offering this newest addition to our Charybdis collectible culinary line.

The special design blades are 120mm (4-3/4 inches) in length, with our own design clip-point styling. Made exclusively for Salter Fine Cutlery, they can be ordered in either Gingami3 powder metal die stainless steel or shirogami carbon steel with your own handle preference.

Custom traditional-style knife block stand for 4-piece custom chef knife set by Salter Fine Cutlery

Decorative Fittings

The Charybdis chef knife can be designed with your choice of fittings at either the top or the bottom of the handle, or at both ends for an extra-decorative look. (Additional fitting configurations are available upon request.)

4-piece custom chef knife set including sharpening rod in custom knife block by Salter Fine CutleryKnife block to hold custom Charybdis chef knife set plus sharpening rod by Salter Fine Cutlery


We offer custom, handcrafted koa sayas (sheaths), koa boxes, koa stands, traditional block style stands, or magnetic koa wood racks for any of our hand-forged chef knives. Sayas are handcrafted to match your knife handle and internally lined in non-reactive wood for ultimate protection for your knife.

We welcome your questions and gladly offer custom order consultations to help design the perfect product. If you do not see a material listed, please ask. We are able to accommodate most requests using a wide selection of rare, exotic legally-obtainable materials not listed here.
All craftsmanship is fully guaranteed.

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