“The knives are all designed by us,” she said. “They are all unique. Damascus, by its very nature, is unique. They’re like fingerprints; you cannot duplicate them.”

Faneema Cutlery knives are made of high-carbon Damascus steel that’s relatively easy to sharpen to an extremely sharp edge. They have full-tang construction for balance and durability. Handles for the culinary line are either resin or pakkawood, both common in high-end knives adopted by working chefs. Although they have the quality and beauty that make them stand out, they’re offered at an affordable price point that makes them achievable for home cooks as well as professional chefs.

Because they’re high-carbon steel, they require greater care than a stainless steel knife, and they should never go into a dishwasher. “We feel that it has to go, not into a mass retailer – it’s more specialty store,” Janice said. “The men who buy them love to take care of knives. They like them for outdoor cooking. We have some chefs who buy them.”

Faneema offers its culinary knives in sets, most of them anchored by an 8-inch chef knife. “We do have some sets with an 8-inch and a 6-inch,” Janice said. “We do make some 10-inch, but we’ve found that the bigger knives aren’t as popular.”

Damascus Cutlery

 

The company has just brought out a new set that also includes a filet-style knife. “Damascus doesn’t have any give to it, but it has the slender knife that goes to a very sharp point,” Janice said. “All of our knives have a paring/utility knife with a 4.5-inch blade, and we’re going to try to get in a 3.5-inch paring.” Some sets also include a cleaver.

The newest set, FC3124, includes the cleaver, an 8-inch chef knife, 6-inch filet knife, 6-inch chef knife, and a 4-inch paring knife, all with pakkawood handles. The five-knife set will retail for $325.

Faneema also has the ability to do custom orders or create custom sets for retailers and can create custom pieces for individual customers. “We can imprint. We can etch their name on it; we can do all of that,” Janice said. “It takes around three months to create a custom piece.”

For more information, call Janice Abbas at 469.388.7343, email janice@faneema.com or visit www.faneemacutlery.com.

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