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OXO
$14.99
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OXO Good Grips Professional Cutlery features the perfect balance of professional quality cutting with soft, comfortable grip. Sha...rp, stainless steel blades are hardened for strength and the blades are full-tang for durability and proper balance. Soft, non-slip handles cushion your hands and provide a safe secure grip. read more

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Norpro
$14.99
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Easily and cleanly cut through bread crust or delicate tomatoes without crushing. Nonstick silicone coating helps release food fro...m sharp, carbon steel blade. Ergonomic, soft grip, non-slip handles. Plastic sheath for safe storage. Dimensions: 12 inch/30.5cm length, 7 inch/18cm blade. read more

BergHOFF
$25.00
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Balance can be found in the Geminis knives too. In this case, there's a perfect balance between the blade and the handle allowing ...you to safely use the hand-sharpened knives. read more

ARCOS
$91.65
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ARCOS leading European knife manufacturer, producing knives 100 % made in Spain since 1745 introduces Natura series. Specially des...igned for chopping vegetables and meats, the Arcos Natura 7 inch forged Santoku granton edge knife is an elegant cutting instrument which blends form and function together to create a series of knives for even the most demanding chefs. A work of art in every way. The blade is made of forged NITRUM stainless steel. If offers durability, toughness, is razor sharp and rust resistant. The elegant ergonomic handle offers a modern contemporary design along with durability and comfort. The handle scales, made of natural rosewood with excellent finish, recalls the classic style with a touch of modernity. Rivets are made of stainless steel ensuring extremely high corrosion resistance. Originally Arcos produced knives exclusively for the professional. Due to its high cutting power ( over 100 mm ) and long edge retention ( over 350 mm) which made Arcos knives leader in the commercial market, now Arcos knives are also available for the end users that wants to feel in theirs hands a precise cutting tool used by professional chefs worldwide. Its granton edge avoid slices from sticking onto the blade. read more

Stelton
$99.95
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High design and elegance meet in one beautiful knife that has been forged from one piece of stainless steel. The matte black coati...ng provides a superb grip that is not only hygienic but is also very easy to clean. The handle morphs easily into the blade making this the perfect gift for those who enjoy highly functional pieces with a stylish design for their kitchen. read more

Schmidt Brothers
$40.00
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The Titan 22 knife series is made with pure titanium. Strong and light weight these knives are ideal for high performace. The hi...gh polished Titanium black coating covers the sharp 100% German stainless steel underneath. Soft grip rubber handles are ergonomically designed for your comfort. Each knife features the patented Schmidt Brothers Curve, so your forefinger can guide the blade with greater precision and control. read more

Winco
$8.59
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Winco 10 inch bread knife KB-10C. Product specs: 15.5"L x 1.5"W x 0.63"H. 10" Stainless steel blade with pointed tip. Riveted POM ...handle. read more

Calphalon
$45.00
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<p>With its sharp, serrated teeth and comfortable handle, this Bread Knife from Calphalon makes it easy to cut through crunchy sou...rdough without crushing the tender crumb. The eight inch serrated blade is also handy for slicing delicate Angel Food cake, pound cake and meatloaf.<p><p><UL><LI>Full tang design provides better balance and superior strength <LI>One piece forging of blade, bolster and tang for long-lasting durability. No parts to separate or absorb moisture <LI>Solid steel handle uniquely contoured for one-size-fits-all comfort <LI>High carbon, no-stain German steel from tip to tang. Sharpens more easily than ordinary stainless and maintains its edge longer. Resists rust, stains, discoloration <LI>Each knife type individually balanced for efficiency and comfort <LI>Fully tapered from cutting edge to spine and from tip to heel for superior strength and greater cutting versatility <LI>Hand-ground to a perfect, equal edge and fine satin finish</LI></UL><p><strong>Manufacturer:</strong>Calphalon<br /><strong>Manufacturer Style:</strong>Contemporary<br /><strong>Model:</strong>KN6008C<br /><strong>Construction:</strong>Forged<br /><strong>Blade Material:</strong>High-Carbon Stainless Steel<br /><strong>Handle Material:</strong>Fiberglass re-inforced poly-resin<br /><strong>Length:</strong>8 inches<br /><strong>Cleaning / Care:</strong>Handwash<br /><strong>Warranty:</strong>Lifetime<br /> read more

Messermeister
$125.00
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The edge of the Messermeister San Moritz Elite 9-inch Bread Knife is scalloped with a gentle camber. What makes this Knife a left-...handed Knife is that the scallops are placed on the front side of the blade instead of the back side. The Bread Knife is a wider and longer bladed version of a tomato Knife. The scalloped edge is ideal for biting into the crust of bread, allowing a smooth slicing action without exerting pressure that can compress the slice. It is also used to slice through soft-skinned fruits and vegetables. We don't recommend cutting meat. read more

Laguna Cutlery
$39.95
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Laguna Cutlery Ceramic knives provide a fresh, modern, elegant outlook that will make a huge impression on whoever handles one and... will become an irreplaceablearsenal in your kitchen. They have a multitude of benefits that surpass the capabilities of a traditional steel knife, which include a razor-sharp lightweight blade thatmakes the job of slicing food effortless andprovides unprecedented balance. The ceramic blade is crafted with a zirconium oxide material that is known as the second hardest stone next to diamond, therefore it will retain its sharpness much longer than a steel blade.It will not rust, transfer odor, or brown your food unlike steel. Using a Ceramic knife when preparing food will creates new excitement to a normally tedious cooking experience. Any sophisticated home chef who enjoys cooking owes themselves the chance to try a Ceramic Knife. Laguna Cutlery provides a wide spectrum of styles, sizes, and colors to choose from; whether you prefer a classical knife for your everyday lifestyle or a vibrant, youthful knife for a fun kitchen, you are sure to find your match. So, purchase a Laguna Cutlery Ceramic Knife today and give a gift to yourself or a love one that will provide an everlasting impression; white ZrO2 blade, 4-1/2-Inch straight black color ABS handle, Wooden gift box. read more

Felix
$94.00
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Crunchy breads, crusty roasts and fine cakes are no problem for this 10-inch bread knife, also known as confectioner's knife. The ...long-lasting. wide and deep serration of the blade helps to get through any crust without efforts. read more

ARCOS
$74.66
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ARCOS leading European knife manufacturer, producing knives 100 % made in Spain since 1745 introduces NATURA series. Specially des...igned for cutting very thin slices of bread, the Arcos Natura 8 inch forged bread knife is an elegant cutting instrument which blends form and function together to create a series of knives for even the most demanding chefs. A work of art in every way. The blade is made of forged NITRUM stainless steel. If offers durability, toughness, is razor sharp and rust resistant. The elegant ergonomic handle offers a modern contemporary design along with durability and comfort. The handle scales, made of natural rosewood with excellent finish, recalls the classic style with a touch of modernity. Rivets are made of stainless steel ensuring extremely high corrosion resistance. Originally Arcos produced knives exclusively for the professional. Due to its high cutting power ( over 100 mm ) and long edge retention ( over 350 mm) which made Arcos knives leader in the commercial market, now Arcos knives are also available for the end users that wants to feel in theirs hands a precise cutting tool used by professional chefs worldwide. read more

MAC Knives
$70.00
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This knife is commonly used to paring and peeling. The pointing tip can be used for intricate work off the cutting board. Mac kniv...es are Known as some of the sharpest knives, They have razor-like edges for effortless slicing, they are hard so they stay sharp longer, One slice with MAC knives and you will experience for yourself a new definition of sharpness, nicely balanced and are a good value. read more

MAC Knives
$375.00
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This knife was designed to chop through hard foods such as whole chicken and large fish. It features a 4mm blade and double-bevel ...edge. Mac knives are Known as some of the sharpest knives, They have razor-like edges for effortless slicing, they are hard so they stay sharp longer, One slice with MAC knives and you will experience for yourself a new definition of sharpness, nicely balanced and are a good value. read more

Kitchenaid
$24.99
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This KitchenAid 7-inch Santoku Knife is a multipurpose knife of Asian design and a staple in kitchens throughout the Orient becaus...e it is specifically made for chopping, dicing and slicing. The high-carbon stainless steel blade has been honed to a fine, long-lasting edge and it has been perfectly weighted for optimum balance and control. The handle features a comfortable grip. Hand wash with warm water and a mild detergent; rinse and dry immediately. read more

Felix
$119.00
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The Santoku knife is the most versatile knife in the Asian cuisine. The almost straight blade makes fine chopping easier. The so c...alled "Granton" or "hollow ground" edge leaves little airbags between the blade and the slices, making them to fall off rather than to stick to the blade. read more

Hampton Forge
$13.95
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Hampton Forge Mirage 3-piece Santoku delivers a superior fine edge blade that never needs sharpening. The triple riveted ergonomic...ally designed handle promotes comfort and strength, while cutting with precise control. read more

J.A. Henckels
$55.00
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J.A. Henckels International Forged Synergy knives are a contemporary style priced at a great value. These knives are fully forged... with a POM riveted handle with brushed stainless steel accents. The 7" Hollow Edge Santoku works perfect for slicing and ch read more

Shun
$175.00
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<div class="aplus" > <h3 class="productDescriptionSource">From the Manufacturer</h3> <div class="three-fourth-col"> <h4>Shun Class...ic Cutlery</h4> <div class="leftImage" style="width:200px"> <img src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/detailpages/B0000Y7KG8-b_t.jpg" width="200" height="135" alt="Thin potatoes" /> <div class="imageCaption"> View larger.</div> </div> <h5>Why Buy Shun Classic:</h5> <p>Born of the ancient samurai-sword-making tradition and hand-finished for precision and beauty, Shun Classic is an ideal choice for anyone buying their first Japanese knife or 50th. The high-quality line of cutlery makes a worthwhile addition to any chef's arsenal of tools--it's used by professional chefs and home cooks alike. Produced in the widest variety of specialized styles, the Classic line features both traditional European blade shapes and innovative cutting-edge designs.</p> <p>Shun Classic's amazingly sharp blade is famous for both edge retention and ease of sharpening. Each blade has a core of VG-10 "Super Steel" with a Pattern Damascus cladding of 32 layers of high-carbon stainless steel--16 layers on either side. While the wood grain pattern enhances the knife's beauty, it also adds durability and stain resistance, and reduces friction when cutting.</p> <h5>NSF certified for use in commercial kitchens.</h5> <h4>Detailed Features</h4> <ul> <li>Blade core consists of high-carbon VG-10, a Japanese super steel known for its edge retention, allowing the knives to hold their sharp edges for years. <li>Blades boast a 16-degree angle, making these the sharpest knives out of the box. This is sharper than traditional European blades, which are usually sharpened to 20-22 degrees. <li>Clad with 16 layers of SUS410/SUS431 Pattern Damascus stainless steel on each side for strength and flexibility. This metal is corrosion-resistant and easy to maintain. <li>Damascus styling adds to the beauty of the knife while the microscopic air pockets created by the cladding process reduces friction during slicing. <li>D-shaped handle fits in the palm and provides comfort and control, keeping the knife's handle secure in the hand during use. <li>Available standard in D-shaped handle styles or by special order in reverse D-shaped handle styles. <li>Pakkawood handles, made of resin-impregnated hardwood, are NSF Certified for use in commercial kitchens. <li>Produced in Seki City, Japan, the capital of samurai sword manufacturing. <li>Rockwell hardness rating of 60-61 ensures that it takes and holds its incredibly sharp edge longer. <li>Hand wash and dry recommended; limited lifetime warranty. </ul> <table class="data"> <tr> <th style="width:100%" colspan="2">Specifications</th> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:20%">Blade Material:</td> <td>VG-10 hardened Japanese steel cutting core, clad with 16 layers of SUS410/SUS431 Pattern Damascus stainless steel on each side, for a total of 33 layers of metal.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Bevel:</td> <td>Double-beveled</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Cutting angle:</td> <td>16 degrees per side (comprehensive angle 32 degrees). This is sharper than European knives, ground to 20-22 degrees per side. </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Handle Material:</td> <td>PakkaWood (resin-impregnated hardwood); D-Shaped handle available in right and (by special order) left-handed versions. </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Sharpening recommendations:</td> <td>Weekly honing to maintain the blade, sharpening as needed with professional sharpener or Asian-style electric sharpener.</td> </tr> </table> </div> <div class="fourth-col last"> <h4>Professional Manufacturing</h4> <div class="leftImage" style="width:200px"> <img src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/detailpages/B0000Y7KG8-1_t.jpg" width="200" height="129" alt="Manufacturing 1" /> <div class="imageCaption"> View larger.</div> </div> <div class="leftImage" style="width:200px"> <img src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/detailpages/B0000Y7KG8-2_t.jpg" width="200" height="300" alt="Manufacturing 2" /> <div class="imageCaption"> View larger.</div> </div> <div class="leftImage" style="width:200px"> <img src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/detailpages/B0000Y7KG8-3_t.jpg" width="200" height="134" alt="Manufacturing 3" /> <div class="imageCaption"> View larger.</div> </div> <div class="leftImage" style="width:200px"> <img src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/detailpages/B0000Y7KG8-4_t.jpg" width="200" height="158" alt="Manufacturing 4" /> <div class="imageCaption"> View larger.</div> </div> </div> </div> read more

Shun
$150.00
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<p>Styled after the classic Japanese cook's knife, this 5-1/2-inch Santoku knife by Shun works well for preparing a wide range of ...cuisine--from fine Asian to modern American. Use it for effortlessly chopping, cubing, slicing, dicing, and more. Its wide blade also makes it possible to scoop cut pieces and transfer them from the cutting board to awaiting pots or bowls. Overall, the Santoku knife measures approximately 10-1/2 by 2 by 4/5 inches.</p> <p>Like other knives in Shun's Classic collection, the knife comes precision-forged in Japan by renowned blade manufacturer KAI. Its eye-catching beauty starts with a VG-10 stainless-steel blade, which features 16 layers of SUS410 high-carbon stainless steel on each side, producing a 33 layered Damascus look, but without the rusting problems associated with Damascus. The Damascus detailing not only enhances the knife's aesthetic appeal, but it also prevents morsels from sticking and helps maintain the integrity of food when slicing. The knife's sleek good looks continue on into its handle. Offering a D-shaped design, the unique ebony Pakkawood handle consists of a fused blend of hardwood veneers and resin to exceptionally noteworthy results. Its steel end-cap offers an attractive finishing touch, and the knife carries a limited lifetime warranty. Though dishwasher-safe, Shun recommends washing the knife by hand for best results.</p> <div class="aplus" > <h3 class="productDescriptionSource">From the Manufacturer</h3> <div class="three-fourth-col"> <h4>Shun Classic Cutlery</h4> <div class="leftImage" style="width:200px"> <img src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/detailpages/B0000Y7KG8-b_t.jpg" width="200" height="135" alt="Thin potatoes" /> <div class="imageCaption"> View larger.</div> </div> <h5>Why Buy Shun Classic:</h5> <p>Born of the ancient samurai-sword-making tradition and hand-finished for precision and beauty, Shun Classic is an ideal choice for anyone buying their first Japanese knife or 50th. The high-quality line of cutlery makes a worthwhile addition to any chef's arsenal of tools--it's used by professional chefs and home cooks alike. Produced in the widest variety of specialized styles, the Classic line features both traditional European blade shapes and innovative cutting-edge designs.</p> <p>Shun Classic's amazingly sharp blade is famous for both edge retention and ease of sharpening. Each blade has a core of VG-10 "Super Steel" with a Pattern Damascus cladding of 32 layers of high-carbon stainless steel--16 layers on either side. While the wood grain pattern enhances the knife's beauty, it also adds durability and stain resistance, and reduces friction when cutting.</p> <h5>NSF certified for use in commercial kitchens.</h5> <h4>Detailed Features</h4> <ul> <li>Blade core consists of high-carbon VG-10, a Japanese super steel known for its edge retention, allowing the knives to hold their sharp edges for years. <li>Blades boast a 16-degree angle, making these the sharpest knives out of the box. This is sharper than traditional European blades, which are usually sharpened to 20-22 degrees. <li>Clad with 16 layers of SUS410/SUS431 Pattern Damascus stainless steel on each side for strength and flexibility. This metal is corrosion-resistant and easy to maintain. <li>Damascus styling adds to the beauty of the knife while the microscopic air pockets created by the cladding process reduces friction during slicing. <li>D-shaped handle fits in the palm and provides comfort and control, keeping the knife's handle secure in the hand during use. <li>Available standard in D-shaped handle styles or by special order in reverse D-shaped handle styles. <li>Pakkawood handles, made of resin-impregnated hardwood, are NSF Certified for use in commercial kitchens. <li>Produced in Seki City, Japan, the capital of samurai sword manufacturing. <li>Rockwell hardness rating of 60-61 ensures that it takes and holds its incredibly sharp edge longer. <li>Hand wash and dry recommended; limited lifetime warranty. </ul> <table class="data"> <tr> <th style="width:100%" colspan="2">Specifications</th> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:20%">Blade Material:</td> <td>VG-10 hardened Japanese steel cutting core, clad with 16 layers of SUS410/SUS431 Pattern Damascus stainless steel on each side, for a total of 33 layers of metal.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Bevel:</td> <td>Double-beveled</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Cutting angle:</td> <td>16 degrees per side (comprehensive angle 32 degrees). This is sharper than European knives, ground to 20-22 degrees per side. </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Handle Material:</td> <td>PakkaWood (resin-impregnated hardwood); D-Shaped handle available in right and (by special order) left-handed versions. </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Sharpening recommendations:</td> <td>Weekly honing to maintain the blade, sharpening as needed with professional sharpener or Asian-style electric sharpener.</td> </tr> </table> </div> <div class="fourth-col last"> <h4>Professional Manufacturing</h4> <div class="leftImage" style="width:200px"> <img src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/detailpages/B0000Y7KG8-1_t.jpg" width="200" height="129" alt="Manufacturing 1" /> <div class="imageCaption"> View larger.</div> </div> <div class="leftImage" style="width:200px"> <img src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/detailpages/B0000Y7KG8-2_t.jpg" width="200" height="300" alt="Manufacturing 2" /> <div class="imageCaption"> View larger.</div> </div> <div class="leftImage" style="width:200px"> <img src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/detailpages/B0000Y7KG8-3_t.jpg" width="200" height="134" alt="Manufacturing 3" /> <div class="imageCaption"> View larger.</div> </div> <div class="leftImage" style="width:200px"> <img src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/detailpages/B0000Y7KG8-4_t.jpg" width="200" height="158" alt="Manufacturing 4" /> <div class="imageCaption"> View larger.</div> </div> </div> </div> read more

Guy Fieri
$22.99
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Guy Fieri products incorporate style with unique function built expressly to the specifications of the famous chef and restaurateu...r. This Santoku knife is the perfect tool for chopping, slicing and mincing. Forged from superior quality high-carbon steel with kullens (dimples), that help prevent food from sticking to the blade. Features a ergonomic comfort grip handle, with a unique star triple rivet design. Perfectly balanced and weighted ultimate control. Hand-wash with warm water and a mild detergent; rinse and dry immediately. 7 inch Santoku knife comes with a protective sheath for safe storage. read more

Guy Fieri
$17.99
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Guy Fieri products incorporate style with unique function built expressly to the specifications of the famous chef and restaurateu...r. This Santoku knife is the perfect tool for chopping, slicing and mincing. Forged from superior quality high-carbon steel with kullens (dimples), that help prevent food from sticking to the blade. Features a ergonomic comfort grip handle, with a unique star triple rivet design. Perfectly balanced and weighted for ultimate control. Hand-wash with warm water and a mild detergent; rinse and dry immediately. 5 inch Santoku knife comes with a protective sheath for safe storage. read more

Mercer Cutlery
$43.00
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This collection calls on the rich tradition of Japanese craftsmanship to provide unsurpassed performance Mercer -- a company name ...highly regarded in the culinary trade -- is synonymous with quality, professional cutlery. A leader in the industry for more than 30 years and the predominant supplier to more than 90% of culinary academies in North America, Mercer brings you the finest tools used by the industry. World renowned Mercer has historically supplied culinary education and professional chefs, who have come to rely on the company for its distinct product offerings. As the culinary arts continue to gain popularity, Mercer's new product offerings have allowed the company to expand its brand and crossover into the consumer market. Ever-more-sophisticated home consumers are seeking the same products used by the professionals and Mercer products are not only high-quality professional grade, but with a distinct value advantage. The hallmark of Mercer Cutlery: exceptional quality in materials, unique design and dedicated craftsmanship, honed to the exacting performance needs of the discriminating chef, makes Mercer the undeniable choice for both the professional and the enthusiast. read more

Friedr Dick
$688.00
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Premier Nature Series, forged, wood riveted handle.Handles made out of African Blackwood which is moisture-insensitive.

Shun
$50.00
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Even slices of warm, fresh bread are just a heartbeat away. The serrated edge of our 9 inch bread knife easily cuts through both s...oft and crusty loaves of bread with ease, and keeps from destroying the integrity of the loaf. Our Wasabi line of knives are made in the traditional Japanese blade styling. Each knife features unsurpassed cutting performance due to the Daido 1K6 high-carbon, stainless which maintains superior edge retention. To reduce food sticking, the blades are sharpened on a single side. Although it has a traditional blade-style, it is paired with a uniquely modern handle material, polypropylene blended with bamboo powder, and impregnated with an antibacterial agent for super clean food preparation. read more

Shun
$44.00
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Santoku, or three virtues is a blade style perfect for chopping, mincing and dicing vegetables. Our 6-1/2-inch Wasabi Black is the... handly knife you'll turn to again and again in your kitchen. Our Wasabi line of knives are made in the traditional Japanese blade styling. Each knife features unsurpassed cutting performance due to the Daido 1K6 high-carbon, stainless which maintains superior edge retention. To reduce food sticking, the blades are sharpened on a single side. Although it has a traditional blade-style, it is paired with a uniquely modern handle material, polypropylene blended with bamboo powder, and impregnated with an antibacterial agent for super clean food preparation. read more

Shun
$169.00
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<p>A convenient addition to any cutlery collection, this user-friendly bread knife by Shun Classic features a serrated blade that ...measures 8 inches long. Use the knife to effortlessly slice anything from rustic artisan breads and baguettes to dessert items like angel food cake or chocolate tart. The knife creates clean cuts with no tearing or crushing of food to worry about. Even more, its offset stainless-steel bolster keeps knuckles safe and allows for enhanced comfort and control. Overall, the offset bread knife measures approximately 15-1/2 by 3 by 1 inches.</p> <p>Like other knives in Shun's Classic collection, the knife comes precision-forged in Japan by renowned blade manufacturer KAI. Its eye-catching beauty starts with a VG-10 stainless-steel blade, which features 16 layers of SUS410 high-carbon stainless steel on each side, producing a 33 layered Damascus look, but without the rusting problems associated with Damascus. The Damascus detailing not only enhances the knife's aesthetic appeal, but it also prevents morsels from sticking and helps maintain the integrity of food when slicing. The knife's sleek good looks continue on into its handle. Offering a D-shaped design, the unique ebony Pakkawood handle consists of a fused blend of hardwood veneers and resin to exceptionally noteworthy results. Its steel end-cap offers an attractive finishing touch, and the knife carries a limited lifetime warranty. Though dishwasher-safe, Shun recommends washing the knife by hand for best results.</p> <div class="aplus" > <h3 class="productDescriptionSource">From the Manufacturer</h3> <div class="three-fourth-col"> <h4>Shun Classic Cutlery</h4> <div class="leftImage" style="width:200px"> <img src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/detailpages/B0000Y7KG8-b_t.jpg" width="200" height="135" alt="Thin potatoes" /> <div class="imageCaption"> View larger.</div> </div> <h5>Why Buy Shun Classic:</h5> <p>Born of the ancient samurai-sword-making tradition and hand-finished for precision and beauty, Shun Classic is an ideal choice for anyone buying their first Japanese knife or 50th. The high-quality line of cutlery makes a worthwhile addition to any chef's arsenal of tools--it's used by professional chefs and home cooks alike. Produced in the widest variety of specialized styles, the Classic line features both traditional European blade shapes and innovative cutting-edge designs.</p> <p>Shun Classic's amazingly sharp blade is famous for both edge retention and ease of sharpening. Each blade has a core of VG-10 "Super Steel" with a Pattern Damascus cladding of 32 layers of high-carbon stainless steel--16 layers on either side. While the wood grain pattern enhances the knife's beauty, it also adds durability and stain resistance, and reduces friction when cutting.</p> <h5>NSF certified for use in commercial kitchens.</h5> <h4>Detailed Features</h4> <ul> <li>Blade core consists of high-carbon VG-10, a Japanese super steel known for its edge retention, allowing the knives to hold their sharp edges for years. <li>Blades boast a 16-degree angle, making these the sharpest knives out of the box. This is sharper than traditional European blades, which are usually sharpened to 20-22 degrees. <li>Clad with 16 layers of SUS410/SUS431 Pattern Damascus stainless steel on each side for strength and flexibility. This metal is corrosion-resistant and easy to maintain. <li>Damascus styling adds to the beauty of the knife while the microscopic air pockets created by the cladding process reduces friction during slicing. <li>D-shaped handle fits in the palm and provides comfort and control, keeping the knife's handle secure in the hand during use. <li>Available standard in D-shaped handle styles or by special order in reverse D-shaped handle styles. <li>Pakkawood handles, made of resin-impregnated hardwood, are NSF Certified for use in commercial kitchens. <li>Produced in Seki City, Japan, the capital of samurai sword manufacturing. <li>Rockwell hardness rating of 60-61 ensures that it takes and holds its incredibly sharp edge longer. <li>Hand wash and dry recommended; limited lifetime warranty. </ul> <table class="data"> <tr> <th style="width:100%" colspan="2">Specifications</th> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:20%">Blade Material:</td> <td>VG-10 hardened Japanese steel cutting core, clad with 16 layers of SUS410/SUS431 Pattern Damascus stainless steel on each side, for a total of 33 layers of metal.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Bevel:</td> <td>Double-beveled</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Cutting angle:</td> <td>16 degrees per side (comprehensive angle 32 degrees). This is sharper than European knives, ground to 20-22 degrees per side. </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Handle Material:</td> <td>PakkaWood (resin-impregnated hardwood); D-Shaped handle available in right and (by special order) left-handed versions. </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Sharpening recommendations:</td> <td>Weekly honing to maintain the blade, sharpening as needed with professional sharpener or Asian-style electric sharpener.</td> </tr> </table> </div> <div class="fourth-col last"> <h4>Professional Manufacturing</h4> <div class="leftImage" style="width:200px"> <img src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/detailpages/B0000Y7KG8-1_t.jpg" width="200" height="129" alt="Manufacturing 1" /> <div class="imageCaption"> View larger.</div> </div> <div class="leftImage" style="width:200px"> <img src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/detailpages/B0000Y7KG8-2_t.jpg" width="200" height="300" alt="Manufacturing 2" /> <div class="imageCaption"> View larger.</div> </div> <div class="leftImage" style="width:200px"> <img src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/detailpages/B0000Y7KG8-3_t.jpg" width="200" height="134" alt="Manufacturing 3" /> <div class="imageCaption"> View larger.</div> </div> <div class="leftImage" style="width:200px"> <img src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/detailpages/B0000Y7KG8-4_t.jpg" width="200" height="158" alt="Manufacturing 4" /> <div class="imageCaption"> View larger.</div> </div> </div> </div> read more

Stone River
$124.95
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Located in the scenic Hudson Valley of upstate New York, the Stone River Trading company has made a name for itself by bringing un...ique and innovative products to the consumer market at an outstanding value. A credit to that tradition, our ceramic knives are manufactured from the highest quality stabilized zirconium oxide material available in the world; Second only to diamonds in hardness. Each knife features a contoured ergonomically designed comfort grip handle for a sure and comfortable grip. These pieces are unbelievably sharp because they have a meticulously edged blade to retain its sharpness for 10 times longer than steel blades. Ceramic will not stain, rust or oxidize and is easy to clean. Our knives are perfect for slicing fruits and vegetables and many other cutting tasks that require precision cutting. TheSRG43CKWH 4 piece set includes a Santoku knife, a Utility knife, a Chef knife and a 4" paring knife; all with white ceramic blades. This unit also includes our acrylic knife holder for countertop display. All knives come with a sheath to protect the blade while knife is not in use and are packaged in a gift presentation. read more

Stone River
$39.95
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Located in the scenic Hudson Valley of upstate New York, the Stone River Trading company has made a name for itself by bringing un...ique and innovative products to the consumer market at an outstanding value. A credit to that tradition, our ceramic knives are manufactured from the highest quality stabilized zirconium oxide material available in the world; Second only to diamonds in hardness. Each knife features a contoured ergonomically designed comfort grip handle for a sure and comfortable grip. These pieces are unbelievably sharp because they have a meticulously edged blade to retain its sharpness for 10 times longer than steel blades. Ceramic will not stain, rust or oxidize and is easy to clean. Our knives are perfect for slicing fruits and vegetables and many other cutting tasks that require precision cutting. The SRG23CKR includes a Santoku knife and a 4" paring knife both with white ceramic blades. All units come with a sheath to protect the blade while knife is not in use and are packaged in a gift presentation read more

J.A. Henckels
$92.00
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J.A. Henckels International Paring Knives are perfectly designed for smaller kitchen tasks such as peeling or coring vegetables an...d fruits. 3-pc set includes: 3.5-inch paring knife, 3-inch vegetable knife and a 2-inch peeling knife. Lifetime limited manufacturer warranty. Dishwasher safe. read more

Kyocera Cutlery
$94.95
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<div class="aplus" > <p>Ideal for your kitchen as well as a great gift, this 2-piece knife set includes 5-1/2-inch Santoku and 3-i...nch paring knives--both with white blades. The 5-1/2-inch Santoku performs a wide variety of cutting tasks, from fine chopping to dicing and paper-thin slicing. The Santoku, a Japanese-style chef's knife, features a broad blade and low tip for less rocking action than a classic European chef's knife. The 3-inch parer is ideal for peeling, cutting, shaping fruits and vegetables. And they come packaged in an elegant black presentation box.</p> <div class="leftImage" style="width:350px"> <img src="http://images.amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/detailpages/kyocera-santoku_paring-white.jpg" width="350" height="340" alt="Kyocera Revolution Paring and Santoku Knife Set" /><div class="imageCaption">Packaged in an elegant black presentation box.</div> </div> <p>Part of the Revolution series, Kyocera's most popular line, these knives feature ultra-sharp ceramic blades as well as a deeper profile for greater knuckle clearance. And unlike steel blades, ceramic blades will never rust or change from its natural state. Comfortable, ergonomic resin handles provide precise control, while their distinctive shape makes it both easy to find and easy to use. </p> <p>Kyocera has pioneered advanced ceramic kitchen knives, which are impervious to acids, juices, oils and salts, leave no metallic taste or odor, and help maintain the freshness of fruit and vegetables. The razor-sharp blade retains its original sharpness 10 times longer than steel knives. And because the ceramic blade is so light, no artificial weight is added to the handle. This creates an extremely balanced, lightweight tool that reduces fatigue during repetitive cutting tasks.</p> <div class="rightImage" style="width:300px"> <img src="http://images.amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/detailpages/kyocera-revolution-aplus-ming-sig.jpg" width="300" height="247" alt="Ming Tsai for Kyocera" /><div class="imageCaption">"I love these ceramic tools. Perfect for prep tasks and quick meals, they're the ones I always reach for." -- Ming Tsai, Emmy award-winning chef</div> </div> <p>Kyocera knives are made in Japan, and they should only be washed by hand. Use on a wood or plastic cutting board. All Kyocera ceramic products are warranted to be free from defects in material or workmanship for five years. </p> <p>Because diamond wheels are required to sharpen ceramic knives, you should only use the Kyocera Electric Ceramic Knife Sharpener for re-sharpening at home. Additionally, Kyocera offers a complimentary re-sharpening service (shipping fee required; see more below).</p> <h4>The Kyocera Advantage</h4> <h5>The Sharpest Blade Available</h5> <p>According to The Cutlery and Allied Trades Research Association (CATRA), an independent testing organization: "Recent tests show that the life of a Kyocera ceramic blade without resharpening is approximately 15 times that of a typical steel blade." Advanced Ceramic, or Zirconium Oxide, is extremely dense, achieving a much tighter weave than any metal material, resulting in the finest and sharpest edge possible.</p> <h5>The Most Durable and Strongest Blade Available</h5> <p>Manufactured in Japan, a Kyocera knife goes through a 12-step quality-controlled process. Much like a fine cigar, one knife will pass through the hands of over a dozen people from sifting through a rock material to the sintering and pressurizing process that hardens the Zirconium Oxide to the molding, shaping and lasering of the knife. The secret is in the ceramic material, extreme high temperatures and literally tons of pressure; a proprietary process resulting in a superior product. Kyocera has spent over 5 decades perfecting the art of the most durable ceramic available today. It's why other manufacturers want Kyocera either making their ceramic products or they attempt to recreate our products. </p> <h4><a name="sharpening">Complimentary Sharpening Service</h4> <p>The only service of its kind available, Kyocera provides FREE knife sharpening. Customers send their knives (unlimited) to our Southern California address, paying only for shipping & handling, to get their knives professionally sharpened back to a factory edge. Each knife goes through a proprietary 5-step sharpening process on a diamond wheel and diamond belt since diamond is the only material harder than zirconium oxide. Chefs and customers get their knives back in 7-10 days as sharp or sharper than out of the box. (For more information, download and print out <a>this form.) People love this service. Kyocera also has an Electric Ceramic Knife Sharpener available for at-home refreshing of Kyocera ceramic knives.</p> <h4>About Kyocera</h4> <p>Kyocera Corporation, the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. Kyocera has become a leading supplier of advanced ceramic to several industries including: housewares, medical, aerospace, solar power generating systems, telecommunications equipment, electronic components, printers, copiers, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2010, the company's net sales totaled 1.07 trillion yen (approximately USD11.5 billion). The company is ranked #554 on Forbes magazine's 2010 "Global 2000" listing of the world's largest publicly traded companies.</p> </div> read more

Farberware
$16.50
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This Farberware 7-Inch Santoku Knife combines the features of a chef's knife and cleaver. The Santoku knife has indentations above... the blade edge to help reduce food such as vegetables from sticking to the knife. The blade is expertly-crafted from high-carbon stainless steel for strength and durability. It also includes a sheath, allowing it to be safely stored in a drawer. Hand wash with warm water and a mild detergent; rinse and dry immediately. read more

ZHEN
$85.00
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This super sharp VG-10 Japanese stainless steel knife are clad with 67-layer Damascus dragon pattern on both sides. This design co...uld increase toughness, improve rust & stain resistance and prolong knife life. The prefect weight balanced full length handle are made of stainless steel which is durable, non-slip, easy to clean, waterproof, bacteria-resist, comfortable and beautiful. Matt finish surface handle to prevent slip & create comfortable holding. Every knife comes with its own hand crafted gift box or storage box. DO NOT chop bone or use knife on hard surface like glass cutting board, tile and granite. Hand-wash your blades with gentle dish soap, rinse clean and towel dry immediately. Hone your blades with a steel or ceramic rod weekly to keep it sharp. Recommend to sharpen your blades with a whetstone at an angle of 15 - 20 degrees. 100% satisfaction guarantee. read more

Cat Cora
$40.00
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In every kitchen, knives are essential tools in meal preparation. As a professional Chef, my knives need to be very efficient, com...fortable to use, and sharp. I'm proud to introduce my collection of high performance, forged full tang knives. Made of high quality Japanese steel with rich walnut handles, they are sure to help you chop like a true Chef. High quality forged knives: Blade material: MOV 1.4116 Japanese steel, Bolster and handle made of 18/8 stainless steel, Handle made of walnut wood and 3 rivets, 2-1/2 mm blade thickness on large knives, 2 mm on smaller knives, Each knife comes with a protective sheath for safe storage. These knives have been developed for a professional Chef with key characteristics in mind: No accumulation of bacteria during food preparation because there is no seam transition between bolster and handle. The ergonomic handle perfectly balanced enables safe tireless use of the knives. The high carbon content in the stainless steel blade makes the knives corrosion resistant. read more

OXO
$19.99
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OXO Good Grips Professional Cutlery features the perfect balance of professional quality cutting with soft, comfortable grip. Sha...rp, stainless steel blades are hardened for strength and the blades are full-tang for durability and proper balance. Soft, non-slip handles cushion your hands and provide a safe secure grip. read more

OXO
Global
$110.00
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Global's sleek, razor-sharp cutlery is an excellent choice for professional chefs and discerning home cooks alike. This serrated b...read knife slices even the toughest-crusted loaves with ease. Lightweight design features perfect balance, helping reduce hand fatigue and providing you with greater control. Ergonomic, molded handle ensures comfortable slicing, and Global's signature dimple pattern provides a stronger grip. Seamless construction from a single piece of high-tech CROMOVA stainless steel eliminates food and dirt traps. Hand wash. Available in two sizes: 8" blade or 10" blade . Limited lifetime warranty. Made in Japan. GLOBAL'S INNOVATIVE DESIGNGlobal's award-winning knives are made to the exacting standards of professional Japanese chefs. To deliver perfect balance, Global manufactures hollow handles, then fills each one just enough to achieve the desired weight. read more

Global
$118.00
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G-4 Features: -Lightweight, precisely balanced; the handle is hollow and filled with just the right amount of sand to create the p...erfect balance.-Edge retains razor sharpness exceptionally well; they are ground straight to a point rather than beveled resulting in a dramatically sharper knife which stays sharper longer.-Material of Knife: Blade made of high-tech molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel.-Material of Handle: Stainless-steel handle molded for comfort, dimpled for safe grip.-Cleaning Care: hand-wash. Construction: -Seamless construction for easy cleaning. Dimensions: -Dimensions: 7'' D. Warranty: -Lifetime limited warranty against defects and breakage. read more

Richardson Sheffield
$24.00
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CUCINA-A real kitchen essential. Quality guaranteed. Created to withstand the demands of a busy kitchen. Quality you can trust in... a smart everyday product. Full tang construction for extra strength, balance and stability. High quality Martensitic stainless steel blade, hollow ground for a finer cut. Comfy classic rivet style handle that's a pleasure to hold. 15 year guarantee. Dishwasher safe. read more

Richardson Sheffield
$60.00
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SEASONS-The cut, the color, the quality. Be on trend in this season's signature colors. Perfect for those who love contemporary de...sign but don't want to compromise on quality. High quality carbon stainless steel blade. Taper ground blade for superior cutting, greater stability and durability. Non-stick coating on the blade glides through food with ease. Ergonomically designed soft touch handle for comfort and grip. 25 year guarantee. Dishwasher safe. read more

Mundial
$49.00
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BP5121-8E Features: -Product Type:Bread and serrated knife -Construction:Forged -Primary Material:High carbon stainless steel -Num...ber of Items Included:1 -Dishwasher Safe:No -Commercial Use:Yes -Eco-Friendly:No. Dimensions: -Overall Width - Side to Side:1.125 -Overall Length - End to End:12.5 -Blade Length:8 -Overall Product Weight:0.56 read more

Mundial
$73.00
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Mundial's 5100 Series Red adds a burst of color and contemporary style to a classic assortment of premium fully forged cutlery. A... chef's true individual style will come through with the 5100 Series Red - a bright new look in high-performance gourmet cutlery. Crafted from fully forged high-carbon stainless steel, these knives feature a traditional three-riveted Poliacetal handle. read more

Farberware
$28.00
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This Farberware Ceramic Santoku Knife is at the forefront of cutlery technology. Forged from zirconia - a material second only to ...diamonds in hardness - the resulting blade is extremely durable and unbelievably sharp. This knife will retain its cutting edge 10 times longer than steel blades, and will not rust, stain, or oxidize. The ergonomically designed, soft grip handle provides exceptional comfort and durability with an accented endcap to provide a unique handle design. Dishwasher safe. Sheath protects blade while knife is not in use. 5-inch long. read more

Stone River
$39.95
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Located in the scenic Hudson Valley of upstate New York, the Stone River Trading company has made a name for itself by bringing un...ique and innovative products to the consumer market at an outstanding value. A credit to that tradition, our ceramic knives are manufactured from the highest quality stabilized zirconium oxide material available in the world; Second only to diamonds in hardness. Each knife features a contoured ergonomically designed comfort grip handle for a sure and comfortable grip. These pieces are unbelievably sharp because they have a meticulously edged blade to retain its sharpness for 10 times longer than steel blades. Ceramic will not stain, rust or oxidize and is easy to clean. Our knives are perfect for slicing fruits and vegetables and many other cutting tasks that require precision cutting. The SRG23CKP includes a Santoku knife and a 4" paring knife both with white ceramic blades. All units come with a sheath to protect the blade while knife is not in use and are packaged in a gift presentation read more

Stone River
$39.95
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Located in the scenic Hudson Valley of upstate New York, the Stone River Trading company has made a name for itself by bringing un...ique and innovative products to the consumer market at an outstanding value. A credit to that tradition, our ceramic knives are manufactured from the highest quality stabilized zirconium oxide material available in the world; Second only to diamonds in hardness. Each knife features a contoured ergonomically designed comfort grip handle for a sure and comfortable grip. These pieces are unbelievably sharp because they have a meticulously edged blade to retain its sharpness for 10 times longer than steel blades. Ceramic will not stain, rust or oxidize and is easy to clean. Our knives are perfect for slicing fruits and vegetables and many other cutting tasks that require precision cutting. The SRG23CKW includes a Santoku knife and a 4" paring knife both with white ceramic blades. All units come with a sheath to protect the blade while knife is not in use and are packaged in a gift presentation. read more

Prepworks
$12.99
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Progressive International is your source for the widest range of functional, inventive and fun kitchen tools and great ideas put i...nto practice. Our functional gadgets, tools, food-prep items and household products make cooking and meal preparation more efficient and fun. At Progressive, passion and creativity unite to create the right balance of form and function for today's cooks. Our in-house designers spend hours in the kitchen coming up with ways to improve on a variety of traditional tasks and tools. Established in 1973, our commitment to quality and service allows us to offer a broad selection of quality kitchenware and other household products. Paring knives are a must have cooking tool in any kitchen. The low maintenance multi-purpose blades on the Progressive Snap Fit Paring Knives are perfect for everyday meal prep. This Paring Knife trio includes two straight blade knives designed for efficient slicing and a red serrated knife to smoothly slice softer foods like tomatoes and kiwi. All Progressive paring knives come with snap on blade covers for safe storage. read more

Kyocera Cutlery
$49.95
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FK Revolution series is another line of exceptional ceramic knives from Kyocera Advanced Ceramics. Comfortable ergonomic handles p...rovide precise control. These sleek, ultra-sharp knives are designed to complement-not compete-with traditional cutlery. The Revolution series is designed for slicing fruits, vegetables and boneless meats. Kyocera ceramic cutlery is typically half the weight of equivalent knives. Perfectly balanced, this lightweight tool becomes a comfortable extension of the hand, reducing fatigue during repetitive cutting tasks. Ceramic does not absorb food elements, allowing just a quick rinse and wipe with a kitchen towel. Hand wash or dry with kitchen towel. This hardness translates into a rock-like edge that will not roll like conventional blades. Advanced ceramic blades stay razor-sharp 10 times longer than conventional steel blades, including high carbon steels. As a result, it will never alter the taste, smell or appearance of food. Distinctively shaped resin handle in purple. read more

Starfrit
$14.99
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Did you know that ceramic blades are very sharp and stay up ten times longer than steel blades Try them and you'll be hooked.

Consigli
$393.00
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<div class="aplus"> <div class="leftImage"> <img alt="Consigli logo" src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/consi...gli/consigli-logo.jpg" /> <div class="imageCaption"></div> </div> <p>For generations, the Consigli family has been leveraging its passion and expertise to produce high-quality traditional Tuscan pocketknives and cutlery, using the same forging techniques that the master knifemakers of Scarperia have been refining since the 14th century. </p> <div class="break"> </div> <div class="rightImage"> <img alt="Consigli" src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/consigli/consigli-09.jpg" /> <div class="imageCaption"></div> </div> <p>The town of Scarperia was founded on September 8, 1306. Back in those days, the town was sited on what was then the most important road for anyone wishing to cross Italy. The production of cutting irons has also been crucial to the town?s development from the outset; this specialization was perhaps the result of local military requirements or possibly due to the needs of the local farmers. </p> <p>For more than two centuries, blades from Scarperia were renowned as being of unrivaled quality. In the second half of the 19th century that Scarperia?s knives and cutlery started to experience increasing demand. With the unification of Italy came numerous orders from all over the country, and particularly from the south. Because of this southern influence, the origins of several types of knives made in Scarperia (the Calabrese, the Napoletano and the Casertano) can be traced back to the south of Italy. As a result, the reputation for the quality of the knives made here has been consolidated once again, and they are now rightly celebrated throughout the world.</p> <h4>The Old Family Tradition</h4> <div class="leftImage"> <img alt="Consigli" src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/consigli/consigli-01.jpg" /> <div class="imageCaption"></div> </div> <p>Fifty years have now passed since the time of the Fondo Pasinetti - the site in Via Magenta, in the center of Scarperia, where the Consigli brothers opened their first premises. Luigi - at the time, just a little over 20 years of age - and Enrico, his slightly younger brother, had already spent several years producing knives on behalf of the same company for which their father had been forging metal and making pattada knives and grafting knives since the very early part of the century.</p> <p>Currently, alongside its typically Italian models, which represent the perfect synthesis of tradition, technique, elegance, and refinement, the company also produces high-quality table and kitchen cutlery that is expertly finished using noble materials like cow horn, buffalo horn and olive wood. The Consigli family is totally committed to authentic steel-working techniques and to the preservation of the values of manual processing.</p> <h4>The Comet: A Symbol of History</h4> <div class="leftImage"> <img alt="Consigli" src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/consigli/consigli-04.jpg" /> <div class="imageCaption"></div> </div> <p>When holding a Consigli knife, it is easy - for the expert and the layperson alike - to appreciate the clean lines, the painstaking finish and the warmth of the natural materials. Opening and closing the blade, one comes to realize the precision and fluidity of the mechanism, and, on closer inspection, one makes out the almost imperceptible imperfections that highlight the authentic, hand-crafted nature of the knife. One's eye is drawn to the signature, (the pride of every true artisan), to the guarantee of reliability and to the symbol with which the Consigli brothers like to adorn their creations.</p> <div class="rightImage"> <img alt="Consigli" src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/consigli/consigli-07.jpg" /> <div class="imageCaption"></div> </div> <p>Along with the sun, the comet is the astronomical symbol par excellence. It was used time and again in ancient graffiti and on coins, and was rediscovered centuries later by renaissance cutlers. Indeed, in accordance with the Statute of 1630, since that time all knifemakers in Scarperia have had to use their own version of the comet symbol. Consigli's comet has undergone a natural evolution over the decades. The latest redesign, dating from 2004, evokes luminosity and dynamism, appearing like an imaginary bridge between the drive to conserve traditional ideals and the drive towards the future.</p> <h4>How a Knife is Made</h4> <div class="rightImage"> <img alt="Consigli" src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/consigli/consigli-16.jpg" /> <div class="imageCaption"></div> </div> <p>A perfect knife is the result not only of skilled workmanship but also of the care taken in selecting the very best raw materials. For this reason, the Consigli family invests considerable time and effort into searching out the finest horn available, and rigorous criteria are applied to ensure that the horn selected has all of the features that, throughout the centuries, only experienced cutlers have been able to identify. The wood used by Consigli is carefully selected and then seasoned for years, in order to guarantee its stability and workability. The steel used for the blades is of the highest quality, and has undergone exacting thermal treatments at the hands of a master craftsman to create the perfect synthesis between elasticity and durability.</p> <div class="rightImage"> <img alt="Consigli" src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/consigli/consigli-15.jpg" /> <div class="imageCaption"></div> </div> <p>From the outset, the Consigli brothers have always supervised the end-to-end production process of their knives and cutlery. The steel components - blade, springs, etc. - are made by punching dies that (more often than not) have been produced by the same artisans who go on to make the knives themselves. The main pieces of the knife are stamped out of solid steel before undergoing the extremely delicate processes of tempering and quenching.</p> <p>These processes enhance the attractiveness of the knife and are an opportunity for the artisan to express his or her mastery of the art of knifemaking. Even today, the time-honored technique of allowing the knife to drop to the ground and listening to the sound it makes on impact is still used religiously to ensure that both the blade and the springs have the necessary properties of elasticity and durability.</p> <p>The temperature required to heat the steel until it is white-hot, as well as the time for which the blade must cool in oil, is still dictated by nothing more than the attentive eye of the cutler, who ? having spent years at work in front of the furnace ? has what it takes to calibrate his or her input perfectly. </p> <p>The same approach is applied to quenching, which is the process whereby the blade is heated again to eliminate the undesired fragility that steel acquires during tempering (which actually provides the blade with its hardness). Consigli continues to employ these tried-and-tested process not only because time has proven their worth, but also because they imbue the resultant knife with a tangible sense of history and tradition.</p> <div class="leftImage"> <img alt="Consigli" src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/consigli/consigli-11.jpg" /> <div class="imageCaption"></div> </div> <p>Today, as always, Consigli knives are still made with horn handles, which are produced by quartering the whole horn, evaluating it closely, reading its secrets and caressing it to achieve the perfect orientation of the blade. Only in this way - with slow, ritualistic motions - is it possible to minimize flaking of the horn. Thanks to the experienced eye of the knifemaker, the finest veins can be selected in such a way as to reduce waste as far as possible. </p> <div class="leftImage"> <img alt="Consigli" src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/consigli/consigli-18.jpg" /> <div class="imageCaption"></div> </div> <p>The handles are then heated in the furnace and passed through the flames carefully on the basis of their thickness, before being rounded off and made malleable so that they can then be flattened by the pressing process.</p> <p>Sawing, molding and leveling operations are carried out with patience. The outline of the unfinished blade is distinctive, making it possible to differentiate immediately between a zuava, a pattada and a mozzetta. In total, it takes around 40 separate operations to create a Consigli knife - the order of these operations varies from one model to the next, but each finished knife is the product of a series of processes, all of which require masterful manual dexterity. </p> <p>The cutting process prepares the way for the addition of the band; primary assembly - which usually takes place after the housing for the blade and spring has been hollowed out - makes it possible to assemble the main metal parts (blade and spring) and ensure they are firmly attached; secondary assembly sees the insertion of the mechanism, uniting the sharpened blades with the handle; polishing and sharpening are carried out before triangulation. This operation, with its decisive movements, encapsulates within the knife a sense of mysterious elegance before fixing the definitive shape of the handle, thus paving the way for the finishing stage. </p> <p>Using a range of sanding and polishing tools, the knife is made ready for the quality control inspection - the last (and most rigorous) test it has to undergo before being released for sale to a demanding but delighted connoisseur. </p> <div class="break"> </div> <h4>Art and Passion</h4> <div class="leftImage"> <img alt="Consigli" src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/consigli/consigli-05.jpg" /> <div class="imageCaption"></div> </div> <div class="rightImage"> <img alt="Consigli" src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/consigli/consigli-06.jpg" /> <div class="imageCaption"></div> </div> <p>When making a quality knife, there are several elements that make the difference. Aside from the selection of materials, the number of man hours invested in the completion of certain operations is also crucial, since it is (partially, at least) the complexity of the construction process that makes the finished knife a precious object. In the modern-style zuava knife with brass button, for example, it is the pin that guides the button into its definitive position, thus simplifying the alignment with the internal structure of the knife. </p> <p>Finishing is carried out in a single action using an abrasive belt. In contrast, old-style zuava knives are more highly prized because their construction is more challenging - the button is welded and finished before the pin is laid across and hammered into relief. This ancient technique demands finishing both of the head of the handle and the horn. </p> <p>The reason that certain knives are more costly is also due to the amount of work that goes into creating the blade - on a normal zuava knife, the blade does not have a razor edge, while the blades in the Bergamasco and Valtellina knives have no layering. The old-style zuava has both of these features. The care and attention dedicated to the finishing of the handle - which, it should be stressed, is shaped and finished exclusively by hand - is highly evident in all Consigli knives, and particularly in the Maremmano and Senese models.</p> <p>Using small-scale files, punches, saws and other small tools, the master knifemakers embellish the horn with consummate skill. Horn tips are far more precious than iron tips, and in line with the company's quality strategy, Consigli specializes in making the finest horn tips available anywhere. The housings for the blade and spring on a Fiorentino knife are carved out by hand from a single piece of horn or wood. It is not hard to imagine the amount of work involved in overcoming the difficulties associated with assembling all of the components together so perfectly that they create an impeccable knife that is very much all of a piece.</p> <p>The knife that most effortlessly disguises its value, and the complexity of its creation, is the Maresciall, with its razor edge and layered, curved blade. The blade complements the various steel components, which are hand-welded one at a time, and exceptional care is devoted to the assembly of the Maresciall's handle, whether it is made from wood, ivory or horn. </p> <p>The handles must be finished with maximum care to avoid even minimal movements. Due to the fact that the handle is embossed above the steel parts, all of the components must be finished several times, with each successive phase becoming more difficult than the last due to the fact that edges are sharp, rather than rounded. </p> <h4>Maintenance and Warranty</h4> <h5>Maintenance of the Handle</h5> <p>The materials that are used by Consigli to create the handles of its knives are noble and natural, and, for this reason, they need to be treated with a certain care and attention. Horn and fossil ivory, for example, but also woods, do not react well to humidity and heat. Care must be taken not to wet the handles and not to expose them to sunlight, as these materials may split. In general, sudden changes in temperature can distort the materials, in spite of the care Consigli takes in weathering the materials prior to mounting and machining them then. From a purely aesthetical point of view, with age, wood or horn can lose their shine; to avoid this problem, in the case of wood, just clean lightly with a soft cloth soaked in olive oil or bees wax. Horn, on the other hand, can be returned to its natural splendour with a good brushing by expert hands.</p> <h5>Maintenance of the Blade</h5> <p>Traditional carbon blades tend to become black due to a natural phenomenon of oxidation, especially if they come into contact with acids or salts, but this can also happen with finger contact. The blades can even rust. We advise cleaning blades with a damp cloth, drying them carefully, and covering them in a very thin layer of oil (for example, Vaseline). The operation must be repeated after every use, or every time the blade has been touched. The stainless steel blade is not totally immune to oxidation, but requires much less care. Just keep it clean by rubbing it with a damp cloth and then drying it. It is not strictly necessary to apply oil, but it is a good idea to do so, every now and again. </p> <p>Blades in Damascus steel keep their appearance better if they are cleaned carefully after every use and if they are lubricated every now and again with a silicon-based greasy substance.</p> <h5>Sharpening</h5> <p>Sharpening is a very delicate operation and only expert hands can guarantee optimal and long-lasting cutting. Consigli blades leave the Scarperia workshop perfectly sharpened, but, after a certain period of use, periodic resharpening is necessary. To renew the knife edge, use a good steel, at least 25 cm. long and fitted with a guard. The movement to be made is the usual one, passing the blade across the steel starting from the top of its blade and from the heel of the knife blade and descending towards the guard.</p> <p>Take care to maintain an angle of 20? so as to avoid scratching the blade. Repeat this movement alternating the side of the blade on both sides of the steel. An alternative method is to use a whetstone. </p> <p>After prolonged usage of the knife and after sharpening it several times, it becomes necessary, however, to turn to the expert hands of a knife-sharpener who can give the blade its original edge once more using a grinder. This result would be impossible to obtain only with a stone or steel, especially if the blades are made in stainless steel.</p> <h5>Maintenance of Mechanism</h5> <p>Each pocket knife has a mechanism that must be lubricated regularly to prevent it from wearing out. The operation consists in inserting a drop of synthetic oil, with the knife closed, between the blade and the spring at the level of the blade axle while the knife is closed. Then, open and close the knife and remove any surplus oil. <h5>Maintenance of the "Sodo"</h5> <p>Residue from the tanning of case leather and exposure to the air can cause oxidation of brass sodi making them lose their shine. They can become shiny again by using the products normally on the market. Knives with stainless steel "sodi" do not need any maintenance. "Sodi" can easily become scratched if they are kept together with other metal objects such as keys.</p> <h5>Assistance and Warranty</h5> <p>All knives produced by the Consigli family undergo a careful inspection and strict checks that guarantee the highest quality of the product, reducing the possibility of defects to a minimum. Notwithstanding this, Consigli knives are guaranteed for life against any manufacturing fault that might occur. In the event of a defect, after checking that the knife has been used correctly, the parts or the whole knife, if it cannot be repaired, will be replaced free of charge. In time, however, it may become necessary to replace worn-out parts. At any time, by paying the cost of the operation and postage, the replacement of materials is guaranteed and the knife will be efficiently returned to its original accuracy and precision.</p> </div> read more

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