Salter Fine Cutlery

The Charybdis Collection

Charybdis Steak Knives, Chef Knives, Carving Knives, Forks and Sets

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.

To view a video of this special bespoke order, click above.

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:  This 270mm hidden tang model with full whirlpool damascus pattern featured a minimalist ergonomic handle of solid koa wood with narrow stainless steel top fitting only to better showcase the blade and amazing curly koa wood.

Below: For big jobs, order our clip-point carver in either a 240 or 270mm blade length with a hollow grind edge. This set included both sizes and requested "artist-series" handles with plenty of non-slip features carved into the 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 and in either stainless damascus or traditional carbon steels that feature the same unique, breathtaking Damascus whirlpool pattern finish this bladesmith is known for.

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. Choose full or hidden tang models.

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.

Luxury kitchen design with custom handmade koa wood chef knife set in knife block by Salter Fine Cutlery

Above: The set above featured shirogami carbon steel damascus blades.

Knives in R2 stainless steel. Shirogami carbon steel available by request.

You may add several sizes and styles to your order. Blade sizes available include:

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

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

Above: 210mm and 155mm chef knives with artist-series handles

Below: 180mm 'bunka' style knife with faceted artist-series handle

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

Below: 270mm clip-point full tang carving knife with double metal accents.

unique high quality long carving knife for elegant home entertaining from Salter Fine Cutlery

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

Above: Creating an internal screw for a chef knife handle

Below: Inspecting a handle upon completion of construction during the first application of final sealers

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.

All Charybdis design series knives can be ordered as a single chef knife or in a set of any size. See list above for sizes we can offer.

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 Cutlery

Above: Large 11-piece chef knife set with "artist-series" handles featuring flared bolsters, finger notches, several colored and metal decorative accents, curved and rounded handles and flared butt ends of each handle.

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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.

Below: Extra decorative handle; slightly curved and rounded handle shape

210mm beautiful handmade Japanese chef knife 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 Cutlery

To add to your chef knife set or for a unique one-of-a-kind steak knife set, we  offer several steak knife sizes and styles to our Charybdis collectible culinary line.

Above: 130mm Cattleman's style steak knife with a full-tang western design handle. Order your set with any number of knives and a handcrafted presentation box or choose several other storage options.

Below: 130mm Cattleman's style steak knife with hidden-tang design and straight, faceted handles.

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

Above: Cattleman's style 130mm steak knife with single metal bolster and straight handle with faceted edges.

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 Cutlery

 Below: 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

Custom amazing curly koa wood traditional-style knife block stand with handmade 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, including highly decorative artist-series creations.)

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 filework and other decorative options can be ordered


We offer custom, handcrafted koa sayas (sheaths), boxes, stands, traditional block style stands, wall or in-drawer storage racks.

Beautiful kitchen decor with this luxury bespoke design chef knife set in knife block by Salter Fine CutleryExotic handcrafted knife block and chef knife set by Salter Fine Cutlery

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

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Bespoke luxury design chef knife set and 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.