A hometown Athens chef asked for something to replace his old knife roll.
The old one looked a little rustic, had a greasy waxed finish, clanged the knives around when rolled, let the tips poke through the bottom and was ready for relief!
The Chef has some nice restaurants in town and even has a chocolate shop that sources its cacao from his mother's hometown in Ecuador. Cool!
His collection of handmade knives was beautiful and each one deserved an appropriate home. His main knife was a Japanese-style vegetable chopper that he wanted to be able to carry alone, for just-in-case trips or to take for dinner at home.
His long filet knife gives a nice 'bar' across the width of the roll to help get it started, a 'front door' flap with leather binding protects the exposed part of its blade. The smaller knives follow with some roomy blade-down pockets reinforced with copper rivets and 11oz veg-tanned leather to protect the tips. These blades and handles all lay on a 'quilted' backing filled with an interfacing that stiffens the roll and gives some cushion for incoming fingertips. A 'garage door' flap cut on the bias gives an easy flipping, hem-less cover for the shorter knives.
For his main knife we molded a removable leather sheath with a fold for the sharp side of the blade to keep the stitch line safe. The curved backside gives a tight fit on the blade when the knife is in, but allows for some wiggle-room on the way in or out. On the egg landing pad for the handle we put our first, and maybe weak, attempt at a patinated, freight-train smashed copper rivet name plate just for fun.
A couple of big pockets hold another big knife that lives in a plastic sheath and leave room for later additions.
The last tools to roll are his small vegetable peeler, sharpies for prep containers and anything else that will fit in the little 'notions' bag. We boxed the bottom so it plops upright and opens wide.
After some agony of not being able to figure out the best closure we thankfully realized that the simplest was the best, with just a simple anodized aluminum hook cinching down a mounted nylon cord.
It was a lot of fun to make something nice for such pretty knives.