Catalog for 2017

 

                                                         Hovey’s Knives of China

                                                          Signature Series Knives

Order Form,  August, 2017

 Banner on table with knives

Congratulations on considering an order for one of our Signature Knives. Besides having the unique design characteristics of all of our knives, the Signature series is all about producing true custom knives, one by one, designed for the user. Ultimately, you may be able to purchase both licensed and unlicensed copies of my knives produced by any number of makers for much less money. I realize that this is significant if you are a young cook just starting out. Purchase the knock-off knives now if you must, but someday let me work with you and show you the pleasures of owning the real thing.

 Hovey’s Knives of China Signature knives are made only for you and for what you need your cooking knife to do. This is the equivalent to going to London and having a shirt custom made for you by a Bond Street tailor.

 Such knives are not inexpensive, and they are not rapidly made. You will find that they will perform better than any knife you have ever used, or we will make it so. Our blade steels are the best that we can obtain to sustain your needs. At present all Signature Blades will be made of T-410 stainless. This is a workable standard for modern cutlery use. It will dull, as will all steels, and will need to be periodically steeled, as any knowledgeable Chef would do.

 On some knives the points are very delicate. These are a pleasure to work with. When carving meat they are like pushing a knife through soft cheese. However, they will not accept any bending stress. If you assistant cook tries to break a meat joint with one, the point will very likely snap off the first time that stupid mistake is tried. Nor is this point designed for that or prying open cans. Any cook who tries that with one of these knives may find his skills better employed working in a salvage yard. This is the reason that some of my knives are offered without points. If sent back to us, broken points can be restored a few times. However, the ultimate result may be that the knife becomes a truncated-blade knife which is still a very useful and more durable shape. It is also safer in that it is less likely to go through a shoe should it fall from a table.

 First a few blunt facts. The least expensive of these knives start at $200 for the handleless Point Square series with a leather holster.

 

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 Hovey's Knives of China June 2016 on pegboard

 A selection of our knives on 1-inch pegboard. 

 

Small Utility Knife “The Caterer’s Friend”

 One of our most popular patterns, The Caterer’s Friend, is offered with a truncated point and choice of either a single ground in right or left-

Small Utility Caterer s Friend

This prototype version is in carbon steel. Production blades are T-410 stainless. The jade-wood grip material is in limited supply and may be discontinued.

 -handed versions or with a double-ground blade. The single-ground blade is preferred for precision cutting. It is used not only to cut small vegetables, but also to spread mixes on bread, and even the head of the hilt is sometimes employed to grind lumps of salt, sugar etc. to a uniform powder. This product is frequently presented as a gift to a Caterer by a host in recognition of a “job well done.”

 Base Price $200

__Single Ground Blade               Handle Material

 __Double Ground Blade               __Jade Green

 __Left Handed                               __Micarta

 __Right Handed                            __Cocobolo

 __Cherry*

 *Cherry is a natural wood, is not safe for water immersion and may chip if dropped on a hard surface. One grip replacement/exchange will be made for free. Subsequent replacements are $50. Sharpening is $40 and blade regrinding to remove chips $60.

 

 

Medium Utility Knife

 Medium utility on pegboard

These prototype versions are in carbon steel with brown Micarta grips, production knives will be in T-410 Stainless. Top knife has a double-ground blade and the bottom a single-ground blade. 

 The larger brother to the Small Utility Knife, this knife has a longer blade and larger grips intended for those with medium-sized hands. It is offered with the same options. The single ground blade version is available in right or left-handed versions. This blade grind is preferred for more precision cutting.

 Base Price $250 + $50 if use your grip materials

 __Single Ground Blade               Handle Material

 __Double Ground Blade               __Jade Green

 __Left Handed                                __Micarta

 __Right Handed                      __Cocobolo

 __Cherry*

 *Cherry is a natural wood, is not safe for water immersion and may chip if dropped on a hard surface. One grip replacement/exchange will be made for free. Subsequent replacements are $50. Sharpening is $40 and blade regrinding to remove chips $60.

 

 

Bok Choy Chopper

 Bok Choy Chopper

The Bok Choy Chopper shown here with pencil-point blade and cherry grips. This is a carbon-steel prototype knife, production knives will be of  T-410 stainless.  

 In regards to both appearance and general usefulness, the Bok Choy Chopper is my personal favorite of these designs. It has sufficient blade length to be a useful chopper, the version with a pencil point works for very fine cutting on a variety of materials while the truncated version makes for a strong knife that may be used in any kitchen. If broken, the pencil point may be reground a limited number of times; but may ultimately become a truncated-point knife.

 Base Price $300 + $50 if use your grip materials

 __Single Ground Blade               Handle Material

 __Double Ground Blade               __Jade Green

 __Left Handed                               __Micarta

 __Right Handed                             __Cocobolo

 __Truncated Point                           __Cherry*

 *Cherry is a natural wood, is not safe for water immersion and may chip if dropped on a hard surface. One grip replacement/exchange will be made for free. Subsequent replacements are $50. Sharpening is $40 and blade regrinding to remove chips or refresh points is $70.

 

 Pepper and Small Veggy Knife

 Pepper knife on pegboard

This prototype knife is shown made of carbon steel, but production versions will be in T-410 stainless. The jade grip material is in short supply and may be discontinued.

 This cleaver-looking knife is not made for forceful chopping, but is a broad-bladed knife with a thin blade intended to work peppers, medium-sized fruit and meats. It may be used as a spatula, scraper, to stir a pot or even as a server without having to reach for three or four different implements. It is offered as a single (recommended) or double-ground blade with a distinctive scooped out front point so the knife can be grasped at the end of the blade for delicate cutting as well as used for its intended chopping purposes. Of all the knives in this series, this blade, when used for the medium-weight cutting for which it was designed, is the most versatile of these designs in either right or left-handed versions with a single-ground blade.

 Base Price $300 + $50 if use your grip materials

 __Single Ground Blade               Handle Material

 __Double Ground Blade               __Jade Green

 __Left Handed                               __Micarta

 __Right Handed                            __Cocobolo

 __Truncated Point                        __Cherry*

 *Cherry is a natural wood, is not safe for water immersion and may chip if dropped on a hard surface. One grip replacement/exchange will be made for free. Subsequent replacements are $50. Sharpening is $40 and blade regrinding to remove chips is $70.

 

The Cabbage and Duck Chopper

Cabbage and Duck chopper

 While this prototype is made of carbon steel, production blades will be made of 440C stainless.

 An impressive knife by any standard, the Cabbage and Duck Chopper is the largest knife offered in the Hovey’s Knives of China Series. This knife is designed, as were the original bronze versions, meant to be used not like the cleaver with a forceful downward swing of the blade by using downward pressure applied to the top of the blade and long handle to cut through cabbages and break through duck carcasses. This Chopper, The Cleaver (not ready yet) and the long handled Rib Flipper are made of heavier gauge steel that is cut less frequently that other knives in this series. There may be delays in delivery while sufficient orders accumulate to cut a piece of steel.

 Base Price $450 + 50 for using your handle material                   

 Grip Options

 __Cherry**                      __Tea Olive

 __Cocobolo

 __Micarta

*Cherry is a natural wood, is not safe for water immersion and may chip if dropped on a hard surface. One grip replacement/exchange will be made for free. Subsequent replacements are $50. Sharpening is $40 and blade regrinding to remove chips is $70.

 

 The Point Series

The point series on peg board

On left and right are two Point Squares shown with a strong truncated point on the left and a pencil point on the right. These are grasped in the palm of the hand with the index finger resting on the top of the blade. The central knife, The Point, does not have the square cut-out and works well for those with smaller hands, while The Point Square does better for those with medium-sized hands. Not shown is a version of the Point Square for larger hands.

 Points are generally overrated on kitchen knives. Most of the work that cooking knives do is slicing or dicing; not stabbing and jabbing. However, there are times when a point is required for delicate carving of thin meats or doughs into decorative shapes or for the sportsman to use for delicate work in skinning an animal. These are extremely useful, very small, light-weight knives that not only have uses in the kitchen, but also in backpackers’ or hunters’ packs.

 Base Price $125 with leather sheath $150

 __The Point

 __The Point Square Truncated Blade

 __The Point Square Pencil Point Blade

 __The Point Square Truncated Blade Large (not shown)

__The Point Square Pencil Point Blade Large (not shown)

 

  

The Fish Knife

 The fish knife is a derivation of the Eskimo Ulu in that it has a central handle, but one end is shaped as a sharp gut hook to open large fish at the vent and the other with a point to cut out internal organs and scrape them from the body cavity. The blade, with a different grasp, is also useful for scaling. The knife shown is a prototype design that has been improved with the new design of gut hook that may be seen below in the Offset Grip Fish and Shushi Knife.

Fish knife

 Base Price $200 + $50 if use your grip materials

 __Right Handed                     Handle Material

 __Left Handed                      __Jade Green

  __Micarta                          __Cocoabolo

  __Cherry

 *Cherry is a natural wood, is not safe for water immersion and may chip if dropped on a hard surface. One grip replacement/exchange will be made for free. Subsequent replacements are $50. Sharpening is $40 and blade regrinding to remove chips is $70.

 Offset Grip Fish and Shushi Knife

 Shushi and Fish knife bent prototype

Although not easily seen in this photo there are two bends in this blade neither of which are at right angles. This is a prototype knife made of T 410 stainless steel.

 Related in concept to the Fish Knife, the offset grip allows the knife blade to be held vertically while the wrist is in a more natural, and comfortable, inclined position. This design allows the user to look directly down at the cut, as when slicing Shushi or Lox. The Fish and Shushi knives have the same blade, but the bends in the handle are reversed. In the Shushi Knife the point faces towards the user, but in the Fish Knife it faces away. The angle of the grip may be adjusted by gentle bending, and such adjustments will be made at the table during later Blade Show events in Atlanta and elsewhere.

 Starting with flat blanks getting the correct bend of these blades is a complex task, best done with the ultimate user in hand.

 Base Price $250 + $50 if use your grip materials

 __Fish Knife                      Handle Material

 __Sushi (Lox) Knife               __Jade Green

 __Right Handed                    __Cocoabolo

 __Left Handed                       __Micarta

                                                        __Cherry

__Your material     

 *Cherry is a natural wood, is not safe for water immersion and may chip if dropped on a hard surface. One grip replacement/exchange will be made for free. Subsequent replacements are $50. Sharpening is $40 and blade regrinding to sharpen gut hook is $70. Blade bending to reset handle angle is free if done in the presence of the knife’s owner. If necessary to be done by mail order specify the exact number of degrees and direction of the bend. The first re-bending is free.

Subsequent ones are $50. Grip re-shaping or replacement is $150 depending on the material required. If suitable, a knife using the handle material that you furnish can be made for an additional charge of $50.

 Long Grip Slicer

Long handled slicer on pegboard

This prototype blade has a re-ground point that is intermediate between the pencil point and the truncated point designs generally offered in Hovey’s Knives. As with all such points the knife may be grasped at the front of the blade to do delicate cutting tasks.

 Available with either a pencil or truncated point this slicer’s grip is unusually long to allow the hand to be further away from the large joint of meat that he may be slicing. The oval ring on the slicer fits in the palm of the hand and allows for unusually good control for well-supported forward and backwards cuts. This knife is offered with a single ground blade (recommended) or with a double-ground blade. The up-swept grip and relatively distant position of the hand with the index finger over the forward part of the grip offers unusual control of this relatively large knife. The point allows a slice of meat to be speared and placed on a serving dish.   

 

Base Price $300 + $50 if use your grip materials

 __Single Ground Blade               Handle Material

 __Double Ground Blade               __Jade Green

 __Left Handed                       __Micarta

 __Right Handed                      __Cocobolo

 __Truncated Point                   __Cherry*

 *Cherry is a natural wood, is not safe for water immersion and may chip if dropped on a hard surface. One grip replacement/exchange will be made for free. Subsequent replacements are $50. Sharpening is $40 and blade regrinding to remove chips is $70.

 

 The Small Butcher

Small butcher on pegboard

This derivation of the butcher knife is handled in Cocobolo wood and made of carbon steel. Production knives will be in T-410 stainless.

 Looking somewhat more like regular butcher knives, this knife has a sweeping curve on its blade and a weight-forward feel while positive control is assured buy the oval grip fitting in the palm. It is smaller than a conventional American butcher knife to appeal to home cooks and Chefs who may be smaller than usual and feel more at home using the smaller knife.  

  Base Price $250 + $50 if use your grip materials

 __Single Ground Blade               Handle Material

 __Double Ground Blade               __Jade Green

 __Left Handed                                __Micarta

 __Right Handed                             __Cocobolo

 __Truncated Point                          __Cherry*

 

*Cherry is a natural wood, is not safe for water immersion and may chip if dropped on a hard surface. One grip replacement/exchange will be made for free. Subsequent replacements are $50. Sharpening is $40 and blade regrinding to remove chips is $70.

 

 Rib Flipper (Billy Joe Roubideaux’s Rib Flipper)

Billy Joe s Rib Flipper prtotype 

 

This rib flipper is made of salvaged steel and fitted with a hand-fitting, but non-symmetrical grip. Inspired by those who must make do with what they have, production models of the flipper will be made from T-410 stainless steel, have the two square cutouts in the blade and be gripped to fit a horizontal hold by right or left-handed individuals. It will also be offered in two grips. This is the first of a series of open fire and barbeque cooking aids that will be offered by Hovey’s Knives of China.

 This tool looks as if it had been made by Billy Joe Roubideaux a pit master who made bar-be-que of questionable legality in the vanishing world of the Mississippi Delta below Lafayette, Louisiana. Billy Joe would have used what he had to make the tools that he needed. This Rib Flipper was derived from a piece of scrap steel shaped like a dog’s leg and is handled with Tea Olive, an unusual native wood. There is no point or sharp edges on this tool. Its grip is non-uniform and is carved to fit into the palm of the hand when held horizontally. The reach of the blade allows it to flip a small rack of wild-hog ribs that are being blackened over a flaming grill.

 The blade shown is the prototype and will be offered in two lengths. The length shown here is for home cooks and one with an extended metal section is for those who cook on larger grills. The extended version is made of heavier metal and has a longer two-handed grip. The rib flipper is for small racks of ribs, chickens and the like and not for flipping a whole hog. Another, stronger tool will be made for handling entire carcasses. Extended Rib Flippers will be occasionally run when heavier knives like The Cleaver (not ready yet) and Cabbage and Duck Choppers are cut.    

 Base Price $250  for stainless steel version + $50 if use your grip material

__Right handed regular length   Handle Material

 __Left Handed regular length      __Tea Olive*

 __Right Handed extended length    __Cherry**

 __Left Handed extended length    

 *Tea olive is an uncommon wood and nicely figured and wormy material may not always be available, but a small amount is available for these and other knives at present.

 **Cherry is a natural wood, is not safe for water immersion and may chip if dropped on a hard surface. One grip replacement/exchange will be made for free. Subsequent replacements are $50.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Order Sheet

 

Hovey’s Knives of China

1325 Jordan Mill Pond Rd.

Sandersville, GA 31082

hovey@hoveysknivesofchina.com

(478) 552-7455

 

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Item and Options

 

 

­­Number Product             Price  Options   Total

__    Small Utility          200      50    _____

__    Medium Utility         250      50    _____

__   Bok Choy Chopper        300      50    ­­­_____

__   Pepper and Small Veggy  300      50    _____

__   Cabbage and Duck        450      50    _____

__   The Point 125 with sheath 150            _____

__   The Point Square pencil 125 with sheath 150            _____

__   The Point Square trun.  125 with sheath 150           _____

__   Fish Knife              200      50    _____

__   Offset Fish Knife       250     50     _____

__   Long Grip Slicer        300      50     _____

__   Small Butcher           250      50     ­­_____

__   Rib Flipper Regular     250      50     _____

Total                                      ——

 

Ga. State Tax 8 percent                    —— 

 

Packing and shipping 10% of order          ——

 

If paid by Pay Pal add 20 percent of order ——

 

Total cost of order    ——————

 

Payment may be made in cash, by P.O. from recognized company or by money order.