Olive wood is one of the most beautiful handle materials for kitchen knives
The wood from olive trees, an ancient and valued material for kitchen knives
Legendary woods-high-tech materials-solid Steel, buffalo horn.
They bring beauty, grace, elegance, or pure functionality to kitchen knife design.
The variety of handle materials makes kitchen knives much more than just cooking tools. The handle determines the character of the knife.
He decides whether the knife suits my personality, the style of my kitchen. Is it a suitable gift? We have different woods, plastics, horn handles and much more from the best European knife manufacturers.
The olive wood is legendary and full of history
Olive wood is one of the loveliest handle woods for kitchen knives with a Mediterranean flair.
The olive is one of the oldest crops known to mankind. The olive was cultivated and planted more than 6000 years ago.
This primeval plant can be found in myths and stories. The goddess Isis gives the Egyptians the olive. In Genesis, when the dove returns to Noah’s ark, it has olive leaves in its beak.
For the Greeks, the olive is a gift from the goddess Athena as a symbol of fertility to the city of Athens. The wreath of the Olympians was tied from the branches of a sacred olive. Romulus and Remus were born under an olive tree.
Olive wood has a long cultural history
The olive tree only grows in certain climate zones. Especially in the Mediterranean region but also in North Africa.
The raw material olive wood preferably comes from Greece, Spain and Tunisia.
In terms of cultural history, the olive has its origins in ancient Phenicia. The area of propagation reached through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon to Cyprus. It is proven that the Phoenicians planted olive trees as olive groves as early as a thousand BC.
The interest was not only in the wood of the trees. The oleaginous fruits became an important part of the diet.
The olive tree Olea Europaea
Age increases the quality of wood in kitchen knives
The olive tree can become very old. There are specimens that are more than 1000 years old. This creates thick trunks with a very colorful grain. This is instrumental in the many exciting, gracefully colored and grained pieces used by kitchen eaters.
The trees are only felled when they no longer bear fruit. Only then do the trunks come onto the market.
Olive wood has exceptional hardness and moisture resistance.
An important requirement for everyday kitchen work
Olive wood is one of the particularly hard and resilient types of wood. The long growth period also makes olive wood particularly hard and dense. The wood is almost non-porous.
The hardness measured in Brinell is up to 60% higher for olive wood than for our native oaks.
Ideal in the kitchen where moisture cannot be avoided. Other untreated woods can easily swell when wet. The expansion and shrinking again creates gaps and gaps to the blade, into which moisture can penetrate all the better.
Olive wood has a high percentage of oils that naturally protect it from moisture.
The knife series with olive wood handles from TYPEMYKNIFE®.
We have kitchen knives with olive wood handles from the best knife manufacturers in Europe.
The Burgvogel Oliva Line manufacture
A kitchen knife series from the knife city of Solingen. Burgvogel has been producing high-quality stainless steel chef’s knives since 1949. In addition to the best steel, olive wood handles are also used. The knives are perfectly crafted, beautifully balanced and make a great gift for kitchen knife lovers.
Felix Size S Olive and Felix First Class Wood.
Felix-Solingen-Germany is one of the oldest knife manufacturers in the world. We offer two knife series with olive wood from this traditional company.
The First Class Wood kitchen knives impress with their heavy, solid blade. The knife is perfectly balanced thanks to the stable end of the elegant olive wood handle.
The Size S-Olive series has a seamlessly attached olive wood Handle. The elegant curve of the blade continues seamlessly in the elegant wooden handle.
Manufaktur Güde Solingen Alpha Olive series.
The Güde company surprises again and again with innovative knife newcomers. Alpha Olive is a classic.
Solid blade, olive wood scales, firmly connected with thick rivets. A large steel finish to balance the knife perfectly.
K-Sabatier Authentique Oliver from Thiers in Auvergne
If anyone makes typically traditional French kitchen knives, it’s K-Sabatier in Thiers.
The handles, which were mostly black in the past with the typical three rivets, are upgraded thanks to the beautifully grained, warm olive wood used as the handle material.
Saladini Collectione Cucina Olivo from Scarperia Florence Tuscany
The most elegant and idiosyncratic knife shapes come from Italy.Saladinis Collectione Cucina Olivo
Like a feather and a quill, the perfect blade and the elegant wooden handle come together to form a highly aesthetic whole.
Proper care of olive wood handles of kitchen knives
A misconception, olive oil is good for olive wood.
All of the high-quality kitchen knives from TYPEMYKNIFE have unpainted wooden handles.
Lacquers crack, peel off over time, or become milky white.
Caring for the natural wood handles is extremely easy. To prevent dirt, rubbing with a damp cloth with a little soap is sufficient. The dry wood needs a little oil or wax every now and then. Rub the handle thinly here, a lot doesn’t necessarily help a lot.
The choice of care product is important. It would be beautiful and wonderfully simple if olive wood could be cared for with olive oil. In general, you have to advise against this. Household oils that are suitable for baking and frying become sticky and tough after a short time.
Olive oil in particular soon develops a rancid, unpleasant smell, which is particularly annoying in the kitchen.
Use food-grade oils and waxes specifically formulated for wooden household items.
Without exception, we recommend food-safe universal oil from Ballistol.