If the knife is a Shun Classic 7″ Santoku you can say a lot! It happened yesterday, I met “him” during a glorious expedition at Williams-Sonoma thanks to a generous gift card from Michael’s colleagues of IST-Berkeley for our wedding. We went to choose our gifts and we got some gorgeous things that we already adore. Among them there is this true masterpiece of a knife. In order of importance here is what we got:
1) A Shun Classic 7″ Hollow-Ground Santoku Knife
(it cuts in japanese “Ta-ka-ta-ha-ka-ta-ta-ka-ha…” and the zucchini is reduced to a series of perfectly even and ordered little rounded pieces ready for the casserole… how gorgeouuuussssss). Seriously, let me spend a word here. This stunningly beautiful classic knife, an all purpose for slicing and chopping, features the look and benefits of Damascus steel, yet without its rusting problems. The Damascus-look blade profile reduces sticking and results in less damage to the food being cut and faster prep times. In addition, the black Pakkawood handles provide the beauty of genuine wood, but since the wood is impregnated with a waterproof resin- they are very durable and hygienic. It is not all… VG-10 Stainless steel is clad with 16 layers of SUS410 high-carbon stainless steel on each side, producing a 33-layer rust-free Damascus look with a Rockwell rating of 61. VG-10 “Super steel” is composed of Carbon, Chromium, Cobalt, Manganese, Molybdenum, Silicon and Vanadium. Shun Classic features Ebony-black Pakkawood handles and end caps. Dishwasher safe, Made in Japan, Lifetime Warranty… I was playing the expert of metals here, of course I copied the description from the package 😉
2) A Wusthof Classic 4.5″ Utility Knife
I own a 3.5″ of the same kind that is my best friend in the kitchen, especially handy for peeling and slicing vegetables and fruits. This is also a glorious all purpose knife, a classic for chopping. All knives of this line are forged from a single blank of high carbon no-stain steel, ergonomic and perfectly comfortable.
3) A gorgeous ebelskivers pan
Ebelskivers are traditional Danish light, puffy pancakes that can be filled with fruit, chocolate, jam or cheese and served for breakfast or as an hors d’oeuvre. The pan is made of cast aluminum, premium nonstick coating to ensure clean release of the ball-shapes pancakes, and it has a riveted cast-stainless-steel handle that stays cool. It makes seven 2 1/4″ diam. pancakes. And because we were not very familiar with ebelskivers we also bought a beautiful illustrated book with all sorts of crazy recipes. We love it!
4) Last but not least a nice pizza cutter, a very simple type in plastic safe for non stick pans.
This was the beautiful gift for us from Julie, Patrick, Patrick, Emily, Christopher, Merrill, Amy, Steve, Glen, Susan, Rick, David, Noah, and Brett. I feel much more of a cook today… a big THANK YOU again!