Michiel Vanhoudt design, Kuo Shan-Hsi blade

When I first saw a few pictures of the knives Kuo Shan-Hsi made, I was left impressed by the steel grain and how simple, yet elegant they looked. Some had steel ferrules that I didn’t care for, some were absolutely astonishing. When I was invited to design a blade and he would make it for me, I obviously jumped on board right away. The man may not ring a bell to all of us, but he made the sword for the movie “Hidden Tiger, Crouching Dragon”. The next pictures I saw left me in awe for his craftsmanship.

During a trip to Germany I designed a number of blades. I prefer cleavers myself and use a petty for smaller tasks like mincing garlic and chili peppers. I have a number of cleavers that serve me very well and while I have a soft spot for them, I believe a petty would be a better choice, so I put away all the nakiri and cleaver designs and emailed Tom Blodgett the design I drew with the specs I wanted so Kuo Shan-Hsi could go to work.

Here’s a first quick picture Tom just sent me and it is spot on to the design I sent him. I look forward handling it when it arrives.



  • Blade Length: 152mm

  • Cutting edge: 140mm

  • Spine thickness: 2mm tapering to 1.1mm at the tip

  • Handle: Taiwanese cedar with ebony ferrule.

  • Steel: High carbon cladded steel

  • Grind: Full convex



5 thoughts on “Michiel Vanhoudt design, Kuo Shan-Hsi blade

  1. Hi, I just have a question about Chef Knives to go .. Have you ever buy something on this site? I really wan’t to buy a knife on CKTG, but i wan’t to know if the shipment to belgium was okay (if you can tell me..)?!

    Thank you very much,


    1. I have on several occasions. Shipping wasn’t cheap, but sharpening stones are heavy so I can’t blame them. If you add stings to your cart and change your shipping address, you’ll see what it’s going to cost you.
      The real problem now is customs. 5 years ago you could get packages from outside the EU and there was a good chance your package wouldn’t get checked by customs and you wouldn’t have to pay anything. Lately, they check everything and you pay VAT for importing goods. 😦

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