The Maple Usuba


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Custom, hand made knives for hunters and collectors   

Custom handmade knives and high performance cutlery for hunters, collectors, and chefs

Michael H Mara  

(708) 969-2424


Here are the knives. Some are sold, and some are currently available, as described in the captions. I can duplicate a sold knife, or work with you to create a custom piece. Lead time for custom orders is currently 6 to 8 weeks.

All my knives come with a Lifetime Guarantee. Call or email to arrange a commission or purchase.


The Maple Usuba


The Maple Usuba @2014 Michael H. Mara

The Maple Usuba has a 5" blade of 1/16" 154 CM, a high performance cutlery steel. Forged with an as-forged finish, chisel ground. Full tang for strength with Maple Burl scales, inlaid with Charoite and nickel silver, with 2 mosaic pins. A Usuba is a Japanese style of kitchen knife with a thin blade and sharpened on only one side (chisel grind). The purpose is to thinly slice vegetables without damaging the bulk of the vegetable. Hence the grind. It cuts away from the bulk, and is handed. That is to say, this grind is for a right handed person. The as-forged finish will also help prevent vegetables from sticking to it. A beautiful, high-performance chef's knife. Sold. $439

Illustration of the chisel grind.


Michael H Mara   (708) 969-2424

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