The Classic Collection | "Big Red" Starter Kit - Koi Knives

The Classic Collection | "Big Red" Starter Kit

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Our Classic Collection.

The perfect collection for those wanting to take their cooking to another level. These three knives are fantastic allrounders; ready to chop, roll and slice with precision and dexterity. The faithful companions you need on your cooking journey.

The "Big Red" (Chef's knife), "Joey" (Petty Knife) and the "Croc" (Serrated/Bread Knife) are essentially the only three knives you'll ever need.

If you'd like engraving on your blades just send us a note or give us a call - 0488 050 055. We have a laser engraver in the shed so we can even engrave on the spine :) 

Handles for each knife can be chosen - feel to contact us regarding what is in stock 

*Please Note: Handles are made using Australian wood burl (roots) so each knife is unique. The images attached are for guiding purposes, so wood grain and resin will vary between individual knives (not the same as the one in the picture).


VG10 high carbon Japanese steel construction with sandblast finish.

The high carbon content core ensures a razor-sharp cutting edge, clad with stainless steel for protection. Sandblasting the top section of the blade seemed fitting for an Australian knife. From the beaches in Bondi to the dunes on Birdsville, we stand on a sandy country. Practically, this creates a non-stick surface to help glide through vegetables without sticking.

Our wood handles are sourced from the length and breadth of Australia. We fossick for intriguing and symbolic woods for our handles such as Gidgee from the Simpson Desert which we think pays great homage to the Australian 'Big Red' outback. 

See below for detailed dimensions for all knives in the collection: 

The Classic Collection

"Big Red" Chef's knife - Blade Length: 220mm (8.75") | Over All Length: 356mm (14") | Blade Thickness: 3mm (0.118") | Weight: 330g (11.64oz) | HRC 60-62

"Joey" Petty knife - Blade Length: 152mm (6") | Over All Length: 285mm (11.25") | Blade Thickness: 2.5mm (0.1") | Weight: 200g (7.05oz) | HRC 60-62

"Croc" Serrated bread knife - Blade Length: 230mm (9") | Over All Length: 370mm (14.5") | Blade Thickness: 2.5mm (0.1") | Weight: 255g (9 oz) | HRC 60-62

For Australian customers:

We offer $9 flat-rate Shipping Australia-wide.

Orders are dispatched within two days of purchase. For all domestic orders, we use Australia Post where current delivery times are 1 to 5 days.

If the knife is for a birthday let us know and we will upgrade to express at no charge.

For overseas customers:

We offer $29AUD flat-rate shipping for all regions (larger orders are rewarded by keeping the shipping cost fixed).

For overseas shipping, we use DHL or TNT, the two biggest transport companies in the world (The German's versus the Dutch). Delivery times tend to vary from a week to a month, however we do provide tracking information for clarity.

Any issues or problems let us know. If it doesn't arrive then we will refund you or re-make and re-send.

To keep this simple, we are happy to refund or replace any issues for 10 years.

Hopefully by the end of the decade we have robots making us dinner and you may not use your knife as much.

A very good question. Here's a short answer.

What not to do?

Don't put it in the dishwasher or leave it in a sink full of water as this can lead to corrosion. We also recommend against cutting on a glass chopping board as this is terrible for the blade (can lead to chipping).

What to do?

Our knives have a high carbon concentration meaning they are harder at the edge. This means less honing is needed (i.e. sharpening with your rod at home or in the kitchen).

With this type of steel you should have it sharpened by a sharpener (ideally on a whetstone to stop the steel heating). How often varies depending on usage however most people do it every 3-6 months.

To summarise, less honing and more stoning.

If you need help finding a sharpener near you, give us a bell and we will do our best to assist.

Here's a little more detail from our blacksmith Shannon...

Tax for Australian customers:

Australia is easy. We charge 10% GST (which is included in the price). 

Tax for overseas customers:

Rest of the world is a little more complicated. To date, we have experienced very few tax issues at customs however we're happy to talk with you if you're unsure (and we can pass on what has happened for knives sent to the same region in the past).

Buy it with

Whetstone Set