FEATURE 01 – M390 Chefs Knife – Ryan Clift Series

This week featured Chefs Knife is from our M390 series in cooperation with Chef Ryan Clift from Tippling Club in Singapore and Windmühlen Messer from Solingen. Their famous dry-fine grinding technique guarantees a very thin and ridiculously sharp cutting edge that is worked out with impeccable german craftsmanship. Vacuum hardened and ice-tempered to 61 HRC.

Dimensions:

Blade length: 19 cm/ 7.48 inch
Knife overall: 32 cm/ 12.59 inch
Knife weight: 170g
Single knife roll made from cotton canvas and packaged in a protective cardboard roll

To get one of the first batch of this exquisite hand made kitchen knives please click on the link below or contact us via email.

http://www.bladesofthegods.com/collection-shop/ryan-clift-m390/cat/ryan-clift-1/p/chef-knife-m390-steel/

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Brought together by a mutual respect for each other’s work!

A year of preparation and perfection was invested to release our new series “The Ryan Clift Series”. The launch was held on Wednesday the 16th of July, at the Tippling Club in Singapore.

Designed and forged in Bali and ground in Germany, the exclusive Ryan Clift Series is a joint collaboration between Blades of the Gods, German craftsmen, Windmühlenmesser and Chef-owner Ryan Clift of the Tippling Club in Singapore.

The Ryan Clift Series is a marriage of the Japanese Kiritsuke knife shape to Windmühlenmesser’s famous Solingen dry-fine-grinding technique. Windmühlenmesser is the only company left in Solingen, Germany, who provides this craftsmanship with blades made from our hand-forged Damascus steel and Böhler´s M390 super steel.

Please find more information and prices on our Website.

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Tumpek Landep Ceremony

In honor of Lord Shiva Pasupati, creator of iron, steel and weapons.

Based on the Balinese lunar calendar, Tumpek (Saturday) Landep (sharpen) is held once every 210 days  precisely on Saniscara Wage Wuku Landep. This year 22nd of March.

As with all important ceremonies, the day starts way before sunrise.  First, the keris of the house temple is thoroughly cleaned and polished followed by the other krises and weapons. They are then wrapped in pieces of new cloth, blessed with handcrafted offerings and sprinkled with holy water. Prayers and offerings are made to ask for Shiva´s help via his manifestation and the manifold benefits it brings to humankind.

In the past, the Tumpek Landep ceremony was solely dedicated to weapons made of steel, such as the Keris daggers, spears and swords, and especially weapons that were vested with magical powers. With the passing of time the ritual was extended to include nearly all objects made of metal such as motorbikes, cars, working tools, and even the laptop I’m using to write this.

The goals of the ceremony are twofold: on one hand, Lord Pasupati is honored and on the other, operational functions are maintained, thus helping day-to-day usage.  Foremost it reminds the Balinese to sharpen their minds and hearts to fight the evil behaviors within the self.

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COMING SOON!

It’s been quite some time since our last blog entry and the reason why is because we have been working on a new series of stainless steel knives. In collaboration with Master Chef Ryan Clift and Germany’s most traditional, and in our opinion finest, manufacturer of kitchen knives, we created a one-of-a-kind knife set.

Does a knife designed in Asia by two Austrians and an English chef, and hand-made in Germany sound crazy to you? Not to us!  When it comes to manufacturing such a product with as much soul as a hand-forged knife made by our master blacksmith, then there is only one company left in Solingen who can provide this craftsmanship.

Herder Windmühlen Messer is our collaborator on this project. Brought together by a mutual respect for each other’s work, we formed a partnership this past August.

The company, founded by Robert Herder in 1872, is now managed by fourth generation Herders, Giselheid Herder-Scholz and Frank-Daniel Herder.  It is such a pleasure to see them hand shaping the knives to perfection using machines that are 80 years and older. Rather than shipping these classic machines off to a museum or allowing them to gather dust, Herder uses them with pride.  While other brands from Solingen have outsourced their production to China or replaced workmanship with mass production, Herder maintains the craftsmanship tradition.

For our new series of knives, we chose to use the M390 super steel from Böhler.  The M390 is metallurgical powder steel originated from Kapfenberg, Austria (a city 20 minutes away from the birthplace of Arnold Schwarzenegger), and we can promise you it has some unbelievable strength!

The M390 knife steel is like Ryan’s cooking philosophy: In order to get the best, you must first break down everything to its smallest parts and then rebuild it to a higher form.

For all of you who are looking for some nice Christmas gifts, it’s better to be patient and save your money for the 2014 Tippling Club Series.

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Ryan Clift – Tippling Club Singapore

In early 2008, Ryan moved to Singapore to start his own venture, determined to take modern food and cocktail pairing to a new level. It was there that Ryan and his team launched Tippling Club. Within its first two years of operation, Tippling Club quickly earned its reputation as one of Singapore’s top restaurants. In the 2009 Phaidon cookbook entitled Coco, Ryan was handpicked by ten of the world’s greatest chefs as the gastronomic superstar of tomorrow.

We met Ryan for the first time in April and asked if he wanted to join Blades of the Gods as one of our brand ambassadors, and if he would be interested in creating a series of kitchen knives with his preferences of shape and geometry. Ryan’s love for Austrian wines and weekend trips to Bali seemed to connect us immediately.

We are very happy and proud to work with such an innovative and humble guy like Ryan.

Watch out for some upcoming news about the Tippling Club series of kitchen knives!

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