Knives are an integral part of any kitchen, but how many of us actually have a good set of Chef’s knives? I’ve been using a motley collection to chop, cut and slice most of my life and living in a Cornish cottage, I never expected to see a contemporary and stylish knife set, such as this one from Edge of Belgravia, sitting on my kitchen counter top.
Launched in 2010, Edge of Belgravia prides itself on the quality and avant-garde design of its products. Innovation and practicality are key to its success, as are its use of high-tech materials. Now globally acclaimed in the field of daring knife design, their products became available in the US in 2013.
The Precision knife set, launched in 2013, is the most affordable in the range. The stainless steel blades are sharp, the surfaces have a Swiss llag non-stick coating and the handles are comfortable to hold. The knives are smart to look at too; Christian Bird has designed the handles to resemble the facets of a diamond. The set consists of four knives and retails at £69.90. The knives can, however, be purchased individually. One or all of them would make great Christmas presents.
- Chef’s Knife (6″) – suitable for most cutting and slicing tasks. £24.90
- Deba Knife (5″) – modeled on the Japanese deba fish knife, this also works well on vegetables and fruit where clean cuts are required. £18.90
- Bread Knife (6″) – the serrated edge ensures the bread does not become squashed when slicing. £18.90
- Paring Knife (6″) – perfect for precision tasks, such as peeling a lemon. £12.90
The Black Diamond knife block, also designed by Christian Bird, is both elegant and functional. It’s not only devised to hold pretty much any kitchen knife as well as the Edge of Belgravia collections, but it’s also a piece of art in its own right. Futuristic in design, it’s fashioned to reflect a rough cut diamond and pairs perfectly with the Precision knife set. The block has space for eleven knives and most will slide in and out of it with ease. It uses a clever weighting technique to ensure the knifes stay put. It’s currently on offer at a reduced rate of £89.90, normally £99.90.