Daovua Leaf Spring Filet Knife 180mm. Believe it or not, car and truck leaf springs make great knife blades! These discarded automotive parts are a very good source of knife steel as they are usually made from 5160 carbon steel. Many highly regarded custom knife makers use this steel source to great effect.
A young barefoot bladesmith we discovered working in Vietnam uses this interesting source to make some very funky and fun blades for us. And our customers are full of praise for many of their attributes. But let’s get this out of the way—one of these attributes is not fit and finish! They are rough and ready with an emphasis on rough. These are basic blades that will make a great project knife for budding sharpeners or new chefs looking for something to play with. But while the F & F leaves room for improvement the actual grinds of these budget blades is rather special. These knives are sharp and they will cut! Some of them might need a touch on your favorite stone, but a few passes and you will have a razor of a knife on your hands.
The profile of this fillet knife is western in style and the knife has a little flex but is not at all whippy. It would work great fish and other boning tasks.
These knives are a little rough around the edges but they work great and are an excellent value. Made in the Vietnam. Plus you get to tell a great story about it and its makers!
Blacksmith: Nhat Family
Construction: Hammer Forged, Mono Steel
Steel Type: Recycled Leaf Spring Steel
Handle: Local Wood (They vary from knife to knife)
Edge Length: 180mm
Overall Length: 315mm
Weight: 96g / 3.4oz
Handle: Western Style
Steel: Leaf Spring Carbon Steel
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