Chef Knife 200mm Dammy Clad 100 Layer Twist 1.2519 Core


100 layers of steel and nickel forged together, stretched out and twisted, flattened, and then wrapped around a premium piece of 1.2519 steel. Its rather a simplification of the process, but the result is a complex and beautiful pattern that is somehow almost identical to the maser birch stabilised burl handle. A beautiful example of art imitating nature.

The core is hardened to around 65HRC giving you a super high sharpness potential and the 1.2519 steel has a great reputation for edge retention, toughness, and corrosion resistance. Its easily one of our favourite steels. The profile is a perfect example of a classic chef knife, right down to the aggressive, pointed tip. With an average spine thickness of 2mm this is a nimble workhorse.

The full tang handle is ergonomic, beautiful and a perfect pairing with the Damascus clad blade. Overall balance is pretty well perfect with the centre pointed situated precisely at the end of the handle. It’s one of those “ah, that’s nice” kinda moments when you get the blade in your hands, and you sense the weight and the balance. It makes a blade like this, which is not super lightweight, feel lighter than it is.

Martin and his team have several lifetimes worth of experience forging blades between them and this is a fantastic example of what they can produce. Stay tuned, these guys are going to be impressive!

Product Specification

Blade Type: Gyuto

Edge Length: 200mm

Spine Heel: 3.1mm

Spine Mid: 2.8mm

Spine Tip (20mm before): 1mm

Blade Height: 56.3mm

Weight: 201g

Cutting Edge Steel: 1.2519

Stainless: No

HRC: 65

Blade Construction: 3 Layer (San Mai)

Blade Finish: Brute de Forge

Grind: Flat

Handle Construction: Full Tang

Handle Materials: Dyed, Maser Birch, Stabilised Burl with Mosaic Pin

Handedness: Ambidextrous

Saya Included: No

Shipping & Returns


We process orders 5 days a week (Monday - Friday) and ship from our shop in Berlin, Germany. We ship with FedEx, UPS and Deutsche Post.

We are happy to offer free international shipping on a variety of orders depending on location and order value. You can check to see where things sit for you here.


At Modern Cooking we want our customers to be inspired and delighted by the products they purchase through our shop.

However, we understand that you may need to return products occasionally. If you are not entirely happy, you can return your purchase in its original condition within 14 days for a refund. Please email if you wish to return any goods.

In the unlikely event that you receive faulty goods or your order is damaged in transit, please contact us for instructions on how to return the goods as in this case we will meet the cost of return postage, though only if this is arranged through our authorised carriers. Any claim for refund or exchange resulting from faulty goods or goods damaged in transit must be raised within 5 business days.

All Modern Cooking logistics partners provide insurance in case of damage, but the coverage is only valid if we are notified within 5 business days. Please make sure to inspect your order immediately upon receipt to ensure that there is no damage.

Once we have the goods back, we will issue a full refund or send replacements where possible, as you prefer.

Product Care:

Cleaning: Clean by hand with warm water. Avoid wetting the handle when possible. 

Sharpening: We advise using whetstones to sharpen your knives and a honing rod or steel to maintain the burr between sharpening sessions. 

Reactive Steels: Reactive steels like Aogami Super, Apex Ultra or one of the many premium reactive German and Swedish steels are susceptible to rust if not properly cared for. In this case we advise that you keep the knife dry between uses and when storing the knife for longer periods wiping the knife blade with Tsubaki oil or another food safe oil is a wise choice. This will not stop a patina forming on the blade, but it will stop rust. A patina can be a beautiful personal feature on your knife and helps to stop rust forming. So, dry your knife regularly between uses, store in a dry place and apply some Tsubaki oil from time to time when storing for long periods. 

A reference guide to steel types

Handle Care: If you have a knife with a non-stabilised wooden handle, you can apply Tsubaki oil or another food safe oil to your handle from time to time. Food safe wax can be applied to both stabilised and no-stabilised wooden handles. Never apply hot wax or oil as you risk warping or damaging the handle.