Utility 160mm 700 layer Damascus OB Composite & Brass


Representative in every way this 160mm Utility is about as OB as it gets. Full of character the knife features a rustically forged 700-layer random pattern Damascus, ground secondary bevel along the forward quarter of the spine and a unique snub-nosed profile that gives the knife a petty/nakiri hybrid feel about it.

Consistent with all of Jararmie “Jezz” Heywood’s work, the knife is convex ground, thin behind the edge and very sharp. The textured OB composite handle perfect those surgical movements pivoting blade around between the thumb and fingers. 41mm blade height gives you plenty of knuckle clearance and the 160mm blade length makes this knife perfect for light slicing and chopping work or an ideal knife at the dining table with a block of cheese, dried meats, or other snacks and a cold drink.

Completing the knife is a signature OB black resin, composite handle with detailed texturing, which increases in density towards the blade providing the user with a tactile surface helping to index the fingers. The handle is finished with a brass finial and exposed dowel.

Product Specification

Blade Type: Petty

Edge Length: 160mm

Spine Heel: 2.69mm

Spine Mid: 2.45mm

Spine Tip (20mm before): 1.62mm

Blade Height: 41mm

Weight: 187g

Cutting Edge Steel: Damascus

Stainless: No

HRC: 63

Blade Construction: Damascus

Blade Finish: Acid Etched (Forced Patina)

Grind: Convex

Handle Construction: Hidden Tang

Handle Materials: OB Composite & Brass

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.