The Charybdis Collection

Charybdis Steak Knives, Chef Knives, Carving Knives, Forks and Sets, plus unique one-of-a-kind Collectibles

For the very best in luxury cutlery. Individually hand-forged in Japan to Salter Fine Cutlery proprietary designs. Every handle and box individually handcrafted to your order in Hawaii

16-piece luxury handmade steak and carving knife set bespoke tableware from Salter Fine Cutlery

9-piece custom handmade luxury kitchen knife set in knife block by Salter Fine Culery of Hawaii

15-piece luxury steak knife and carving knife set hand-forged and handcrafted in beautiful curly koa wood presentation box from Salter Fine Cutlery

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

Beautiful handmade chef knife Charybdis design series kitchen knives by Salter Fine Cutlery

The Charybdis Collection: Sets

Impressive custom carving and personal steak knife set in beautiful presentation box handmade in Hawaii by Salter Fine Cutlery

Custom design is what we do!

Each set is a one-of-a-kind bespoke work of functional art for the home. Created for a lifetime of use and to be handed down as an heirloom to the next generation with proper use.

6-piece Cattleman's steak knife set from our "Charybdis" whirlpool collection with amazing custom handles and matching curly Hawaiian koa wood box from Salter Fine Cutlery luxury tableware

Charybdis chef, carving, and steak knife sets can be ordered in several sizes. Timeless beauty with the convenience of top quality modern stainless steels.

Show off your kitchen or dining table with knives that have been created to compliment your style and tastes. The finest quality, beautifully presented.

9-piece custom chef knife set with custom knife block made for Tommy Mottola by Salter Fine Cutlery of Hawaii

All of our Charybdis whirlpool damascus design blades can be ordered in your choice of hidden tang (above) or full tang (below) handle options.

Each of these choices can also be made with your choice of custom handle decorative options. 

Charybdis collectible exclusive luxury design chef knives with western style full-tang handles from Salter Fine Cutlery of Hawaii

Our new full-tang chef knives with western handle styling is a welcome addition to our Charybdis line of custom chef knives. The full tang chef knives, like our hidden tang models are available as individual knives or in sets and in the same variety of blade sizes.

Featuring a unique, breathtaking Damascus pattern, they are simply the best in culinary, steak, and carving sets.

Below: Full tang clip-point carving set

Charybdis collectible handmade carving set for luxury living by Salter Fine Cutlery

What is the difference in hidden tang or full tang? In a full-tang design, the handle must be made in the shape of the tang and steel can be seen along the edges of the handle. 

Hidden tang styles allow us the flexibility to create your handle in any shape and style you like, from simple to very decorative as demonstrated in a 3-piece carving set below..

Our clip-point carvers can be ordered with a slicing or standard gyuto taper for an extended pattern. 

270mm clip-point gyuto for all-purpose use or slicing large roasts featuring Charybdis whirlpool damascus pattern and free-form handle design from Salter Fine Cutlery

Above: 270mm hidden tang model. Whirlpool damascus pattern, Minimalist ergonomic free-form handle. 

Below: Clip-point carvers with 240 or 270mm blade lengths. Hollow grind edge.
Highly decorative "Artist-series" handles
Handmade stainless steel damascus carving set with artistic design handles by Salter Fine Cutlery of Hawaii

Our Charybdis chef and carving knives and sets are available in several sizes. Choose stainless damascus or traditional carbon steels.

240mm kiritsuke slicing knife by Salter Fine Cutlery

Above: For a slimmer slicing knife, choose a beautiful "kiritsuke" slicing knife.

Our exclusive kiritsuke design features a slight rounding of the blade profile plus a 'tanto' tip for making clean start cuts on bread or in-between bones. 

Japanese blacksmith forging knives exclusive designs for Salter Fine Cutlery

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

Blade sizes and Sets: 

  • Your choice of blade shape and sizes 
  • Sets made with any amount of blades
  • Add steak knives to any chef set

(blade sizing in rounded approximate inches shown next to each size)

  • Clip-point 270mm carving knife (10-1/2 inch)
  • Clip-point 270mm chef, slicing, or carving knife (10-1/2 inch)
  • 270mm chef knife (10-1/2 inch)
  • Clip point 240mm carving knife (9-1/2 inch)
  • 240mm chef knife (9-1/2 inch)
  • 240mm tanto-tip kiritsuke slicing knife (9-1/2 inch)
  • 210mm chef knife (8 inch)
  • 180mm bunka meat and vegetable knife (7-1/8 inch)
  • 170mm small chef knife (6-3/4 inch)
  • 155mm petty (utility) knife (6 inch)
  • 145mm fillet knife (5-3/4 inch)
  • 138mm clip point extra-large "tomahawk" steak knife (5-1/2 inch)
  • 130mm petty (utility) or sandwich knife (5-1/8 inch)
  • 130mm cattleman's style steak knife(5-1/8 inch)
  • 127mm clip-point steak knife (5-inch)
  • 120mm small clip-point  or classic steak knife (4-3/4 inch)
  • 100mm paring knife (4 inch)
  • 85mm paring knife 3-1/3 inch)
  • Fork

Charybdis design series chef knives with extra decorative handles from Salter Fine Cutlery

New 180mm bunka style vegetable and meat knife with extra decorative handle by Salter Fine Cutlery

3-piece chef knife set Charybdis collectible design series handmade from Salter Fine Cutlery Hawaii

Our Handles, Stands and Boxes

Special requests welcomed.

Every knife is well balanced for optimal usage. Our handcrafted handles can be sized to fit your grip for added comfort and performance.

Handles made the way you like them. Old-fashioned workmanship in every knife from start to finish.

Every handle custom created completely by hand in Hawaii by Gregg Salter. From the smallest internal fitting to the finished product, artistry and craftsmanship converge to create a knife or set as unique as you are. 

Gregg creating an internal fitting for a chef knife handle

Gregg inspecting the newly constructed handle while adding first coat of final sealers Salter Fine Cutlery

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Hand-forging using centuries-old techniques for Salter Fine Cutlery custom knives

Every knife has this blademaker's unique whirlpool design damascus pattern.

Each little swirl in the pattern has been individually made during the forging process and is signed in kanji by the bladesmith.

Need something different? Ask. We can create a specialty size or shaped knife for most requests.

Custom handcrafted luxury kitchen knife set in block for gourmet home or professional chefs by Salter Fine CutleryAbove: Large 11-piece chef knife set with "artist-series" handles. 

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Beautiful hand-forged whirlpool damascus pattern of our Charybdis collection of chef knives from 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.

Knives forged by hand for Salter Fine Cutlery

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 Knives

12-piece steak knife set Cattleman's style whirlpool damascus knives in handcrafted luxury presentation box by Salter Fine CutleryAbove: 130mm Cattleman's style steak knife. Full-tang design 

Below: 130mm Cattleman's style steak knife. Hidden-tang design

Detail view of Charybdis Cattlemans style deluxe steak knife by Salter Fine Cutlery

Cattleman's style steak knife with single metal fitting and faceted straight handle by Salter Fine Cutlery

Below: 130mm Salter Classic style steak knife with minimalist and modern sweeping free-form handle design 130mm classic steak knife with modern sweeping free-form handles in this luxury tableware set by Salter Fine CutleryBelow: 127mm clip-point steak knife 

16-pc steak knife set featuring our clip-point Charybdis-design series steak knives from Salter Fine CutleryBelow: 120mm clip-point steak knife with extra decorative metal options, straight faceted look and angled handle ends.

Unique collectible steak or utility knives from Salter Fine Cutlery

Decorative Fittings

Choose sleek/modern or highly decorated. Handle fittings can be ordered with these materials and more.

  • Stainless Steel
  • Nickel-Silver
  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Mozambique Ebony
  • Thuya burl
  • Hawaiian mango
  • Lychee
  • Dark wenge 
  • Other exotic woods

Artist Series Handle Upgrade Requests

Beautiful handmade collectible steak knife or small chef knife man cave gift by Salter Fine Cutlery

Above: Special requests handles, including custom file-work and other decorative options can be ordered


Choose knives only, boxes, in-drawer racks, or custom knife blocks and stands.

9-piece Charybdis chef knife set in custom knife block handmade in Hawaii by Salter Fine Cutlery and custom woodworking

Knife blocks and stands for any size set. Contact us by clicking here.

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Custom Charybis-design series chef knife set in unusally rare old-growth curly Hawaiian koa wood knife block by Salter Fine Cutlery

Elegant custom design steak knife set with in-drawer storage from Salter Fine Cutlery

4-piece carving and slicing knife set in presentation box handcrafted luxury tableware from Salter Fine Cutlery

All sets available with optional ceramic fine grit honing rod.

Every set can be ordered with your own handle shape and decorative preferences.

Unique best quality handmade carving set from Salter Fine Cutlery

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.