Now this is a very curious reinterpretation of a home chef's most important tool. This new type of knife comes from Maison Milan—a tool that elevates what a knife can be. It looks fantastic - who doesn't love the rich grain of walnut? But can a blade made of wood perform well when you need it to? Yes, for some tasks, such as slicing lettuce and other vegetables with ease, but the real difference is that it goes beyond the chop.
With its sturdy cast-iron handle, the knife stands on its own, upright. The authentic solid walnut blade is easy to wield, for children as well as adults. This reinvention of the knife comes courtesy of designer Chifen Cheng, working in collaboration with Maison Milan. The butt of the handle grinds salt, pepper, spices, and nuts effortlessly, like a pestle. The wide wooden blade is also just right for scooping ingredients into a pan.
Maison Milan and Chifen Cheng won an award for their reinvented knife, in the category “Objects and accessories, kitchen products,” at the 11th annual Grands Prix du Design in February 2018, and this spring it will be on view at the following international design events:
The Design Experience in Milan, Italy, organized by Archiproducts Milano from April 17 to 22; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for the exhibition Bon Appétit! Contemporary Foodware Designs in Quebec, from April 17, 2018 to March 12, 2019; and at World Wide Things in Graz, Austria from May 4 to June 3.
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