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Dengjia Hand Forged Chef Knife Review 5cr15mov

The Dengjia Hand forged Chef knife comes with an authentic blacksmith finish. The blade is not coated black, but it is part of the forging process. The finish gives the knife a rustic look. While if you look closely, you can see slight hammer patterns, this is not part of the design, but it is slightly visible due to the forging method. The knife has a full tang handle with carbonized wood. (Other Dengjia knife reviews can be found here).

Dengjia Hand Forged Chef Knife
Dengjia Hand Forged Chef Knife

5cr15mov Core Material

The Dengjia Chef knife comes with a 5cr15mov core material with a Rockwell hardness of around 55. It is a core material with good stainless properties, and it is durable.

Carbonized wooden handle
Carbonized wooden handle

Edge durability & sharpened angle

The knife is sharpened at a 15-degree angle. The core material is also strong, so you don’t have to worry about chipping.  

Dengjia 15 degree sharpenend angle
Dengjia 15 degree sharpenend angle

Edge Retention

With a Rockwell of around 55, the knife’s edge can be held for approximately two weeks with regular honing sessions before needing whetstone maintenance. However, Dengjia added a convex grind, which would result in longer out-of-the-box edge retention. 

Rockwell hardness 55
Rockwell hardness 55

Weight and Spine tapering 

The weight of around 230grams is similar to other western-style chef’s knives, and the blade does have a distal spine tapering. The heel’s thickness is 2.6mm, 2.3mm in the middle, and 1.8mm at the front.

Distal spine taper
Distal spine taper

Knife handle

The carbonized wooden handle has a nice shine, and it is more water repellent. It has a thin coated sealing layer to protect the wood.

Dengjia Carbonized Wooden Handle
Dengjia Carbonized Wooden Handle

Knife balance point

The balance point of this knife is at the handle. If you pinch grip at the blade, the knife will be back-heavy. 

Balance at the handle, pinching it at the blade makes is back heavy
Balance at the handle, pinching it at the blade makes is back heavy

Blade profile

Combined with a back-heavy balance point and a western chef’s knife curved profile. The knife will assist you in your rocking motion. 

Dengjia Blade profile
Dengjia Blade profile

Fit,Finish and maintenance

Since the knife is entirely handmade, each knife will be slightly different. The blade has a blacksmith finish which creates a rustic aesthetic. It also needs a bit more care. If you don’t plan to use the knife for a more extended period, it is advisable to apply a thin layer of mineral oil on the blacksmith finish to prevent it from rusting. You can also use some mineral oil if you feel that the coating on the handle wears off. 

Real Blacksmith Finish not coated
Real Blacksmith Finish not coated

Final Conclusion and my Recommendation

Dengjia did an excellent job with their hand-forged knife with a carbonized wooden handle. The blacksmith finish is not rough but keep in mind that every blacksmith finish will eventually wear off the longer you use the knife. The knife hardness is 55, which means that you need more frequent honing to maintain the knife sharpness. 

Dengjia Hand Forged Chef Knife
Dengjia Hand Forged Chef Knife

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