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The Charybdis Collection

Salter Fine Cutlery Charybdis Collectible Small Chef Knife with curved decorative handle

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

210mm collectible Charybdis chef knife with stand

The Charybdis Collectible Chef or Carving Knives and Forks

Charybdis chef or steak knives, and now carving sets are available in several sizes and two steel options. Featuring a unique, breathtaking Damascus pattern, they are simply the best in culinary, steak, and carving sets.

Charybdis Carving Set can be ordered with damascus pattern only or combination damascus and hammer marks as shown here

Our Charybdis chef and carving knives and sets are available in several 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

Now you may add a clip-point 130mm utility knife, 130mm petty (not shown) or 90mm paring knife to any chef knife order. Each knife has this blademaker's unique whirlpool design damascus pattern. Each little swirl in the pattern has been individually made during the forging process by the bladesmith. Truly a chef knife for any knife collector or anyone who appreciates true craftsmanship.

3-piece chef knife set including sharpening rod on magnetic stand 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

Charybdis Chef Knives, Carving Knives, Forks and Sets

The Charybdis can be ordered as a single chef knife or in a set. Blades are available in 240mm, 240mm carver, 210mm, 170mm, 130mm clip-point steak or utility, 130mm petty, 120mm, 90mm, and now also forks.  (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 offer these amazing blades in gingami3 stainless steel as shown in the photos below. Whether you order in carbon steel or stainless, you will receive a knife of the finest quality that can be enjoyed and passed to future generations.

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, 9.5-inch carving knife, 8-inch standard chef knife, 6.75-inch small chef knife, 5-inch utility, steak, or sandwich knife, and 3.5 inch paring 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, Hawaiian mango, 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.

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.

Charbydis Collection handmade steak or utility knife by Salter Fine Cutlery

This 130mm clip-point blade is longer, wider and a bit thicker than the more delicate appearing 120mm version shown below. It will look and perform extremely well for either an impressive steak knife set, or use every day as a kitchen utility knife. The handle can be made in any style and size you like. 

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

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.

3-piece Charybdis Carving Set as part of larger custom designed set in knife block

All sets available with optional ceramic sharpening rod in your choice of fine or medium grit. Every set can be ordered with your own handle shape and decorative preferences.

3-piece Charybdis collectible carving set with medium grit ceramic sharpening rod

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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