How do you make a custom knife? People have very distinct ways of using the same tool. When I design a knife for a specific chef, I start with the conversation, and then I just watch the chef work. Does the chef want a boning knife for occasional use, or is he breaking down a whole pig every week? I observe the whole motion of using the tool — how the arm moves, how the chef holds the knife in his hand, the motion of the wrist, the acceleration of the slice. . . . What is the intended use? Chopping a cabbage or slicing a turkey? Cutting paper or ice? And who is the intended user? Or worse, how to design a knife for multiple users? I go back to my shop and think, and then I usually bring in about three different profiles to the chef to try. And together we figure out which way to go. It usually takes about three iterations to get it right.

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