Cut above the rest

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Dec 9, 2018, 12:15 am IST
Updated Dec 9, 2018, 12:15 am IST
luxury knives are a treat to own for they are handcrafted by the best in the business, cost a bomb and have a charm of their own.
The run-of-the-mill ones, made for home cooks are usually stamped out of a metal sheets, but the exorbitantly priced, handcrafted ones take a lot of effort to make.
 The run-of-the-mill ones, made for home cooks are usually stamped out of a metal sheets, but the exorbitantly priced, handcrafted ones take a lot of effort to make.

Whether you have to cut, chop or make neat slices, it becomes imperative to have a sharp, shapely kitchen knife. Without this ubiquitous tool, chopping can turn into an arduous chore. The run-of-the-mill ones, made for home cooks are usually stamped out of a metal sheets, but the exorbitantly priced, handcrafted ones take a lot of effort to make. Here are some handmade beauties that are a delight to use.

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Nesmuk Jahrhundertmesser — $95,992.60

The most expensive kitchen knife in the world, Nesmuk Jahrhundertmesser costs as much as it does because of its impeccable craftsmanship. It is made by the famous Germany-based knife makers, Nesmuk and the blade contains 640 layers of Damascus steel. The handle isn’t ordinary either for it is made out of 5,000 year-old bog oak. The ferrule is made using the finest platinum and is studded with 25 diamonds.

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Yoshihiro Mizuyaki Honyaki Mirror Finished Mt. Fuji with Full Moon Yanagi Kiritsuke Gold Phoenix Fuki Urushi Lacquered Rosewood Handle and Saya — $6,500

Made by one of the best knife masters in Japan, this knife features a wavy pattern that resembles Mount Fuji during full moon. The cover of the knife features a phoenix, which has been painted using the traditional Fuki Urushi method.

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Saji Craft Sujihiki 270mm — $830.45

Featuring a blade that is narrower than a normal kitchen knife, this pricey knife helps you cut paper-thin slices. It is made with stainless steel and has a multi-layered blade. The reduced surface area helps the blade stay clean of fat and grease, so you can carve your Sunday roast without a worry!

Nenohi Honyaki Dentokougeishi Sakimaru Takobiki with Corian Handle 15.4” —  $6,980

Second on the list is a knife made by master knife maker Yoshikazu Ikeda. The blade of this traditional Japanese knife is made from white steel. The blade is held together by a corian handle and the sheath   features designs made using the Wajima Lacquer method. It’s only fair that this elegant knife have a cover to match, and so it’s  cover is decorated with beautiful cherry blossoms.

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Tsukasa 270mm White Steel Enryu Kurouchi Damascus Wa-Gyuto — $2,500

This hand-forged knife gets its seamless Damascus pattern from the twisting during the making. The blade features the warikomi style and is made usingcarbon steel. It takes about six to eight months to create this razor-sharp offering.

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