EKA Outside Chef - folding cooking knife

Mar 25, 1999
This is a very practical folding cooking knife. <a href="http://www.canit.se/%7Egriffon/knives/kitchen/eka_chef.jpg"><img align="right" src="http://www.canit.se/%7Egriffon/knives/kitchen/_eka_chef.jpg" alt="It's got a rather long and narrow blade"></a> It's essentially is the same as the EKA Fillet which has a natural wood handle <a href="http://www.canit.se/%7Egriffon/knives/tmpimg/eka_chef-closed.jpg"><img align="left" src="http://www.canit.se/%7Egriffon/knives/kitchen/_eka_chef-closed.jpg" alt="as opposed to this which is coloured black"></a>.
As with folders in general the emphasis is on ease of carrying. This one is no larger than it needs to be in order to have a long enough blade and it's lightweight.
The handle is comfortable to use and you can have the hand either close to the blade or to the rear as the knife is controllable in both cases. Having a long enough blade, my usual reservation against folding knives for cooking, food in the mechanism isn't much of a concern.
Being thin bladed and sharp the knife is quite useful in the kitchen too and not just when you're bringing it with you outdoors. It's flat ground with the bevel very close to the edge, just like it like it.
Blade locking is very positive with no signs of blade play. Fit and finish is good and it's not expensive.
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Steel: 12C27
Hardness: RC 57-59
Blade length: 130 mm
Edge length: 120 mm
Blade thickness: 1.7 mm max, tapered down to
1.0 mm 25 mm from the point.
Total length: 290 mm
Mass: 0.07 kg
The EKA Fillet and EKA Outside Chef models are decendants of the first Swede 1000 model which didn't have a locking blade.
The current EKA Swede 1000 and Normark Folding/Camping Fillet are similar to this knife but with a different, synthetic, handle. Either of them is a good choice if you need a knife in this class.
<a href="http://www.eka-knivar.se">EKA</a>'s web site.
Thanks. Looks interesting. Where did you get yours?
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Gene:
Thanks. Looks interesting. Where did you get yours?</font>
Here in Sweden you can get them "anywhere". In the USA the one sold under the Normark name is probably more common.