Some of us are endearingly terrible cooks but have excellent taste in food and love to eat, while there are others of us who always seem to be able to whip up the most delicious things with little notice and not much in the kitchen but a handful of staples. This Holiday Gift Guide is for them. From handblown decanters with 24k gold leaf stoppers, to white ceramic cocottes and the most beautifully engineered and exceptional knives—here is a Gift Guide for those who love to cook…
The Gyuto kitchen knife is influenced by the Japanese aesthetic. Long and light this knife is perfect for those who are looking for a utensil with reach and a good-sized cutting blade, but who are averse to too much heft. You can use it to carve if required, and pretty much anything else you want it to do. The Gyuto has a nice, slender handle allowing a pencil grip for long cutting motions.
The blade is made of Sandvik 14c28n, arguably one of the best knife steels available, with an understated matte finish that slides through food smoothly and is incredibly easy to keep clean and is very resistant to scratching. The handle is made of stablised Spalted Beech. Spalting is a term used to describe the process by which certain fungi grow on dead or fallen trees after colonizing the wood by travelling up the wood cells from the ends or from broken off branches, leaving an attractive pattern behind. The spalting process takes about 2 to 3 years to reach the ideal stage to cut and season the wood. The stabilisation process makes the wood much more resistant than if it were untreated, keeping the lighter colour from marks or the effects of spills and spices.
The Gyuto has a unique hollow grind that allows for a far superior cutting action. The hollow grind leaves a concave profile on the blade and reduces weight while retaining strength, requiring less metal to go through each cut and makes the knife easier to sharpen and keep sharp.