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Richmond Artifex SAB AEB-L Chef 250mm
Richmond Artifex SAB AEB-L Chef 250mm
Richmond Artifex SAB AEB-L Chef 250mm

Richmond Artifex SAB AEB-L Chef 250mm

Item #: ArtifexSAB250mmAEB-L

Average Customer Rating:
(4 out of 5 based on 2 reviews)

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Our Price: $99.95
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The Richmond SAB 250mm Chef Knife is modeled after the iconic Sabatier 10" Chef knife. This classic blade is arguably one of the most popular chef knives ever made. Our knife takes this classic design and upgrades and changes it is a few important ways.

First, the Richmond uses a stainless steel called AEB-L. A very popular alloy used originally to make razor blades and more recently in cutlery production. It has great toughness and durability and in this instance it has been heat treated to 61 HRC. The blade is a mono steel construction, so no cladding. This is a very easy steel to care for and an easy blade to sharpen.

The blade shape is classic Sabatier. A fairly heavy flat spot near the back gives way to a steep curve to the tip. It has a generous blade height and the spine is quite thick. Since this is a tall knife we also eased the heel so you don't dig it into the board or cut yourself on the back of the heel of the blade. There is a slight distal taper towards the thin tip. It has a fairly robust edge thickness and comes out of the box with a sharp edge with a nice amount of bite.

Another differing point is in the handle design. Here the Richmond eschews the normal heavy Western bolster in favor of a bolster-less design. The extremely tough handle made of black linen micarta is virtually indestructible. It has a very rounded and streamlined shape that, coupled to the bolster-less blade, gives an almost Wa feel to the knife.

The Richmond SAB AEB-L is a very impressive homage to a classic knife, at a price far lower than the original.

  • Weight: 7.8oz
  • Blade length:250mm
  • Total length: 370mm
  • Spine thickness at base: 2.72mm
  • Blade height: 53.75mm

  • Customer Reviews

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    4  Good for the price, March 1, 2015
    Posted By: Jason

    - Very sturdy, tackles root vegetables well.
    - Light and comfortable to wield.
    - Sharpens easily.
    - Good rocker and chopper.
    - Blade heavy.
    - Great convex grind near the tip.

    - So-so OOTB sharpness
    - Handle needs sanding, can be uncomfortable if not sanded.
    - Thick behind the edge. Will make it harder to sharpen in the future.
    - So-so edge retention.

    This is a good knife for the money. It will do prep work in a professional setting with ease. It's very comfortable once sanded down in parts, it doesn't fatigue your hand at all. It doesn't stay super sharp for long (2 days in a busy kitchen), but it does sharpen easily. I need to sharpen every 2 days, but I abuse it in a busy kitchen. The fuller belly is nice, but that's a personal preference.

    If you need a knife that can take a beating, you need to cut through hard vegetables regularly, and you're on a budget, pick one of these up. The SAB's like a much lighter, sharper German knife that sharpens up better.

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    4  Great Value!, December 27, 2014
    Posted By: Devin

    OOTB f&f was solid. No gaps between the tang and handle material. The choil has a slight rounding to it, still a bit of an edge, but not much. I like the lack of bolster on the knife, which makes what could feel like a heavy knife into a more slender one, not unlike traditional Japanese knives.

    To rate the cutting OOTB, i would give an 8/10. A quick few runs over a 6000 stone made it hair-splittingly sharp, however, the knife needed some slight thinning behind the edge to really slide through food. The extra height in this knife doesn\'t make it feel like it will topple over through a cut, because of some nicely balanced weight distribution. As a professional cook, I am pleased with this knife and will use it as my all purpose knife to replace my more fragile Misono Swedish. This guy feels sturdy so I feel comfortable using it on the hardest of foods like butternut squash without worry.

    If you\'re looking for a larger length, all-purpose knife under $100, I can see this being amongst the top offerings.
    Quick shipping and excellent handling/packaging makes me feel comfortable buying from CKTG for all my cutlery needs.

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