FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I purchase a knife?


1. A few times a month we release a batch of knives for sale on the website. It is best if you sign up for the newsletter so that you are informed about when this is and can be prepared for the release. You can sign up here. 2. We have a few dealers that have a very limited supply. Below is a list of retailers that carry our knives along with links to their site: Bernal Cutlery - San Francisco, CA Rodriguez Butcher Supply Co. - San Antonio, TX Shackford's Kitchen Store - Napa, CA Sonoma Cutlery - Petaluma, CA Sparrow Hawk Cookware - Colorado Springs, CO Williams Cutlery & Gifts - San Jose, CA 3. You can reach out and inquire about a custom order here. There are currently about 15 blade shapes in various sizes that you can choose from as well as 4 handle styles that can be configured with different materials and colors. We also offer different steel options such as AEB-L (stainless steel) 15N20 (carbon steel) and various Damascus steels. Contact us for more information.




Can I send my knife for sharpening/repair?


Yes, you can, but please note that services will not be accepted without the Return Authorization Number (RAN). First, contact us here and explain what you want to be done. You then will be issued a RAN. Please write the RAN on the outside of the shipping box and include a note detailing the reason for the return along with a return shipping address and phone number. Postage and handling charges, both to and from our warehouse will be paid by the customer. Please note that due to the heavy workload, four-week minimum lead time is required for processing service requests.
For your protection, we recommend that you ensure your return and use a traceable carrier that can provide you with delivery confirmation, including signature required. Mattia Borrani Cutlery shall not be responsible for items returned that are lost or damaged in transit.




What steels do you use?


We use a variety of carbon, stainless, and Damascus steels for our knives. AEB-L AEB-L is an expertly designed stainless steel made by Bohler-Uddeholm since the 1960s. With the careful balance of carbon and chromium content, it achieves high hardness and excellent corrosion resistance and has proven to be a premier choice for high-end culinary knives. We do a liquid nitrogen cryogenic treatment on all our blades, ensuring the highest hardness possible for AEB-L. AEB-L differs from most simpler stainless steels in that it forms very small carbides when heat treated and has an extremely fine grain structure (more so than some powdered steels). Since the carbides are so small, they are easier to sharpen, and since the grain is so fine, edge retention, stability, and toughness is enhanced. Due to this fact, many users have reported that AEB-L sharpens as easily as carbon steel. We believe, along with many other knifemakers that AEB-L is one of the best stainless steels available for culinary knives. If you want to "nerd out," there is an excellent article on the Knife Steel Nerds website here. Damascus Damascus or pattern-welded steel is the practice in knife making of forming a blade with alternating variants of steel of differing composition that are forge-welded together and manipulated under pressure to create a pattern. The majority of Damascus we use predominately consists of either AEB-L and 302 or 440 C and CPM 154. Carbon 26C3 is a carbon steel with similar chemistry to Japanese Shirogami or "white paper". It is made by Uddeholm and is an amazing steel for fine cutting knives and razors due to its fine microstructure, low impurities, and high potential hardness. It also offers surprisingly good toughness compared to other steels considering its very high carbon content. It is known for its amazing edge stability, ease of sharpening, and ability to take a very fine razor sharp edge quickly.




What materials do you use for the handles?


All of our handles are custom made and utilize the finest durable materials such as carbon fiber, G-carta, micarta, stabilized wood, G10, as well as various metals and alloys. We take great pride in offering a culmination of the best components in the industry in order to make a handle that is original and unique.

Carbon Fiber - An extremely strong and light fiber-reinforced material containing carbon fibers woven together and impregnated with a polymer resin such as epoxy. Used primarily by the aerospace and automotive industry because of its extremely strong and lightweight properties.

Micarta - Micarta is a brand name for composites of linen, canvas, paper, fiberglass, carbon fiber or other fabric in a thermosetting plastic. Micarta was developed by George Westinghouse around 1910. Resins are used to impregnate paper and cotton fabric which when cured under pressure and high temperature produce high strength laminates. fiber compounds. Today there are custom makers of the material doing beautiful work and variations that we utilize for our knives. G-carta - G-carta is a unique custom composite of natural fibers and fabrics mixed with epoxy under pressure and heat. This custom cutting edge material is brand new and has made it possible to create any color combination in a multitude of patterns for our knife handles. This innovative material is very durable for a kitchen environment.

Stabilized Woods - Stabilized wood is wood that has been impregnated with a stabilizing solution as well as dyes if there is color added. Stabilized wood is much more durable and less prone to warping, shrinking, or cracking than untreated wood. Wood is put under vacuum and high pressure to ensure that the stabilizing solution completely impregnates the wood. After the wood has been completely infused it is then heat cured to transform the solution into a solid. We source our wood from some of the best makers in the industry who have transformed this stabilization process into an art.

G10 - G10 is a high-pressure fiberglass laminate. It is created by stacking multiple layers of glass cloth, soaking in epoxy resin, and then compressing the material under heat until the epoxy cures. G-10 is very similar to Micarta and carbon fiber laminates in the way it is produced except that the base material used is glass cloth. G-10 is the toughest of the glass fiber resin laminates available today and comes in a multitude of colors. Because of its high strength and low moisture absorption properties, it is a perfect material for kitchen knives.





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