Remade in England
Using Upcycled Materials
Real bread is a joy to share with the people you love.
I wanted to create a knife that was worthy of the dedication, craft and passion we put into our bread. It had to be beautiful but also up to the task: to get through that glass hard crust (that we work so hard for) and also slice through the soft, open crumb (that we work even harder for!). This has been a challenge, but finally I have created a clear design philosophy and process.
I must give a big thank you to Jack Sturgess of Bake With Jack, who helped design and test this knife - hugely appreciated!
These are 100% hand crafted. Made with love and care in my Shropshire workshop.
" Fast-paced society? Digital age? Perhaps? All the more special and honour to know those moving in a slower lane. This beautiful knife is hand crafted by artisan Richard Harris. Hand-forged upcycled and remade with love, sweat, and passion from reclaimed steel (the Shropshire kind) and 4000yr old bog wood. Richard involved me from the beginning to the end of the creation process with images and conversations about our shared love of bread.
It is without a doubt an honour to own this beauty that not only looks great but does its job beautifully. I'm completely chuffed to bits! With much gratitude I thank Richard for sharing his artistry. "
Two choices, both with the same purpose and philosophy; to tackle artisan sourdough. Hand forged and built entirely by my hands.
Due to the extensive process of making this knife (it is by far the most complicated to create for me), I decided to make two versions of this knife available.
I hope you find is helpful :)
One of a kind: Hand forged from vintage Sheffield tool steel, as a one off custom order. So as per my other knives, and as with the yanagiba I made (here). This forging process is much more extensive in terms of labour and material cost, so is naturally priced higher.
Being a bespoke order, this does allow more customization, as with my other knives. Fine details in design, shape, materials and custom stamping are available.
Small batches of 6-9: Hand forged from new 1.2067 high carbon steel (L3, 52100, cutlery steel). This is what I've used for all the prototypes you've seen. It's really excellent steel. Using new steel from Yorkshire means I can massively reduce the forging time and the expense to propane and abrasives.
To be able to offer this at a significantly reduced cost, these would have to be created in a small production run of 6+ knives at a time.
All knives go through the process of forging and a complete heat treatment cycle including annealing, normalising, hardening and tempering. Freehand ground using ceramic belts, sharpened using waterstones, and the teeth are freehand ground and sharpened too. Each piece of locally sourced hardwood is selected and custom fit to each blade.
Note that this knife is made of high carbon steel which unlike ordinary stainless steel knives, will react to it's environment . See my care tips in my FAQ.
Your knife will vary slightly from these photos, due to the nature of using natural & reclaimed materials, but it's function and design will be the same.
" Where to start, the craftsmanship is absolutely amazing. Having used many knives to cut through sourdough, Richard's knife blows them out the water, to quote the old saying, was 'like a hot knife through butter'. The blade sharp as hell and a solid handle that gives great control.
Would not even try to use another knife with bread! "
Lisa & Kerwin, London/UK
When speaking to various bakers, it was almost unanimous that the length of the knife has to exceed the width of your bread. Otherwise it's just impractical to cut... If your boule is 8" diameter and your bread knife is 7" in length, then it's just not going to work very well.
Having said that, there were a couple of people who said they were somewhat intimated by a very long knife, and only baked smaller loaves, so had no real need for a 10" blade. I 100% get this as well, don't worry! If you'd prefer something shorter, I can of course still do this for you for both option 1 and 2 (above) :)