Salter Fine Cutlery

The Charybdis Collection

Beautiful combination Charybdis collection carving and steak knife set in presentation box by Salter Fine Cutlery of Hawaii

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

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

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

The Charybdis Collectible Chef or Carving Knives and Forks

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 and made to last for a lifetime of use and be handed down as an heirloom to the next generation with proper use.

Custom luxury kitchen knife set in block stand for gourmet cooking by Salter Fine Cutlery of Hawaii

Charybdis chef, carving, and steak knives and sets are available in several sizes and either top-quality stainless steels or carbon steel choices. 

Show off your kitchen with knives that are not only beautiful, but of the finest quality plus beautifully presented.

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

We are excited to announce that all of our Charybdis design blades can now 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.

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 the carving set below..

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

For a slimmer slicing knife, we now offer 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. This style can be ordered in our hidden tang version shown above or choose a full-tang western style handle. 

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 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.

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

Now you may add several new sizes and styles to your order. Sizes available include:

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 vegetable and meat 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 metal bolster and pommel bolster.

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

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.

9-piece chef knife set with knife block showing  gyuto,  bunka and fillet knives by Salter Fine Cutlery

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Whether choosing a traditional "wa" style hidden tang handle or our new full tang "western" style handles, every knife is well 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 for Salter Fine Cutlery custom knives

Charybdis Chef Knives, Carving Knives, Forks and Sets

All Charybdis design series knives can be ordered as a single chef knife or in a set of any size. See list above for currently available sizes. If you don't see the size or type blade you need, ask. Our bladesmith can likely custom make it for you.

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 for a secure grip, several colored accent layers, curved and rounded handles and flared butt ends of each handle.

Below: Clip point paring knife featuring extra-decorative handles with a slight curved shape and rounded edges.

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For the absolute highest quality stainless steel knives available anywhere, we offer these amazing blades in R2 or SRS13 Japanese powder metal die stainless damascus steels.

For the purist who loves carbon steel, our blades can be ordered in Shirogami YSS white paper carbon steel, also featuring the "Charybdis" whirlpool damascus finish.

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.

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For those not familiar with metric blade sizing, the blade sizes available are approximately:  10.5-inch carving knife, 9.5-inch carving, slicing or chef knife, 8-inch standard chef knife, 7.25-inch vegetable knife, 6.75-inch small chef knife, 6-inch utility knife, 5-inch utility, steak, or sandwich knife, 4-inch and 3.3-inch paring knife.

210mm beautiful handmade Japanese chef knife from Salter Fine Cutlery

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.

Bespoke luxury 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.

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 or Utility 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: Now you can choose our 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: Choose our newest addition for your table or Tomahawk steak. This 138mm long blade will look impressive on any table.

For big knife lovers our Charybdis design XL 138mm clip-point steak knife for Tomahawk steaks and large roasts by Salter Fine Cutlery of Hawaii

Your steak knives may also be ordered with our beautiful hidden tang version or with a full-tang western style handle. The choice is yours.

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

Above and Below: Cattleman's style 130mm Charybdis steak knife with extra decorative faceted handles and slanted handles ends.

Large steak knife set featuring two different styles of steak blades from 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: 127mm clip-point steak knife with curved extra-decorative handle including scooped flaring near the butt of the handle.

Best handmade steak and kitchen cooking knives by Salter Fine Cutlery

Above: This 127mm 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. 

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 handmade small steak knife set in keepsake box by Salter Fine Cutlery

Above: 120mm clip-point steak knives with modern lines and slightly rounded handles for an elegant and subtle look to any dining table setting.

These 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 are made with the highest quality Japanese stainless steels and can be made with your choice of handle materials and styling. 

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

You may request special artist collectible handles, including custom filework and extra decorative options on any knife. The above photo is just one such example.

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


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

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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

Custom carving set in koa wood box handcrafted luxury knives from Salter Fine Cutlery

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.

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.