Olive Wood Handle

When selecting a material for our handle, we could have chosen a synthetic resin like our peers. However, that goes against the authenticity and commitment of Alexandrine & Cass. Instead, we worked with our supplier and sifted through samples and samples of the finest woods—sorting for patina, durability, balance, wood grain, you name it. Finally, we settled on the one wood that could meet our criteria for longevity and design: olive wood.

Olive trees can grow to be thousands of years old and is one of the oldest lineages in existence. For that reason, olive trees have come to symbolize glory, peace, and wisdom. In fact, one of the oldest living ones is in Spain itself. Our supplier ensure that the wood is responsibly and sustainably sourced to preserve these majestic trees that dot the Mediterranean.

Olive wood itself is incredibly durable and dense. But most importantly, the wondrous swirls in the honey colored wood lend extraordinary depth and richness. The handle is the most visible aspect of a knife: the one part exposed when inserted into a knife block, the first part a chef searches for to grab, and the part that is left just askew on a cutting board for easy access. Because of the natural beauty and uniqueness of the grain, no two handles are the same, and thus, this knife is crafted especially for you.

Maintenance (optional): We have worked with our supplier to ensure that the knife is sealed and lasts for a long time. However, to preserve your knife, be sure to wash immediately after use with mild detergent and warm water. Do not put in the dishwasher. Wipe with a cloth and leave to air dry.

Like a Ferrari, your work of art might require some light maintenance. Thus, it may be necessary to wipe the wood with food-safe wood oil just to restore the sheen and reseal the pores. Please consult your local cabinetmaker for more details.