CHANG昌 Series knives (pronounced "chong") are named after Chang-Fa Liu, who is a double reed educator, master toolmaker, and metallurgist. The Chinese translation for the word "chang" or "昌" is "prosperous" or "flourishing", both of which are traits that we hope these knives bring to your reed-making.
The original CHANG昌 Series knife preferred by professional double reed players across the United States.
【Balance】Our knives are perfectly balanced so that the center of gravity is placed at the index finger. This ensures maximum control for the user without having to apply extra pressure from the arm or wrist.
【Comfort】Thoughtfully designed handle size and shape fits perfectly in the palm of your hand, without having to put your hand in an unnatural position.
【Structure】Our knives have been designed with maximum structural stability in mind. Using arch shaped curves inspired by classical architecture when grinding our CHANG昌 Double-Hollow ground knife, this ensures that the cutting edge of the knife, while quite thin, will stand up to even the hardest, densest pieces of cane that you put underneath it.
【Ease of Use】Have you ever used a knife that was mostly good, but was very difficult to sharpen to the perfect burr? We have too, and we hate that. The composition of the metals that we use are designed to be easy to sharpen and hold an edge. Our knives are designed to stay thinner for longer, to have a longer life over many sharpenings.
【Protection】The extremely durable leather sheaths that we provide with our knives are equipped with a loop and button to secure the knife in the sheath, so that no matter how bumpy the ride, the knife will not become unsheathed in your instrument case or tool bag. No more worrying about cutting your hands when reaching into your instrument case!
【Visual Design】Some knife companies use the same wood and varnish for all of their knife handles. All of the wood we use for our knife handles is hand selected, and varnished in such a way to accentuate the wood's natural beauty, making each knife handle unique, while maintaining precise consistency in our handle shapes and blades.