Habitus Loves… A Keen Edge
Few are the satisfactions as visceral as that found from effortlessly slicing, and this week we celebrate eight tools that make this simple pleasure even more of a delight. Knives, of course, are centre stage, but scissors, hedge cutters and guillotines also swell the ranks of our recommendations.
Created by: Edge of Belgravia
Why we love it: The Ceramic Lime Slicer features an elegant, crisp, lime coloured rubber handle, bringing a touch of extravagance to any contemporary kitchen. Purposely engineered for slicing roasted meat and cutting fish, its 6-inch narrow blade renders it an avant-garde carving knife, seamlessly slicing accurate cuts across roasted joints of savoury beef and fish filet. The ceramic blade stays sharp for years without need for sharpening, and the unique angular design of the handle forms a centrepiece of action and art in every kitchen. Each knife forms part of a limited edition series of 999 pieces.
Where you can get it: Edge of Belgravia
Created by: Global Knife
Why we love it: Made to the exacting standards of Japanese professional chefs, Global’s award-winning knives are an excellent choice for the discerning home cook. This chef’s knife’s long razor-sharp blade is suited to virtually any cutting task, from dicing vegetables to quartering a chicken.
Where you can get it: Williams-Sonoma
Created by: Takeshi Saji for Chef’s Armoury
Why we love it: Saji-san’s knives follow an organic line from the tip of the blade to the handle to create a work of art. The blades are forged from exotic 101-layer nickel damascus steel, with solid desert ironwood handles, an R2 powder steel core joined with a highly polished stainless bolster.These knives deserve luxurious surrounds, so each comes with a hand made kiri wood box to rest in after a hard day in the kitchen.
Where you can get it: Chef’s Armoury
Created by: Victorinox
Why we love it: Economical, sturdy and alarmingly sharp, the Victorinox tomato knife is a supremely utilitarian kitchen tool, with infinite slicing applications.
Where you can get it: Chef’s Warehouse
Created by: Stanley Hand tools
Why we love it: Moving away from the kitchen to the construction, arts and crafts, and DIY arenas, the Stanley knife is synonymous with reliable cutting prowess. One of the latest evolutions of the classic, this model features a blade cartridge which automatically slides new blades into position after an old blade is removed, an ergonomic design for comfort and cutting power and a smooth, self-locking slider mechanism with an audible click stop.
Where you can get it: Hardware stores
Created by: CutCo
Why we love it: Sturdy, comfortable to use, and addictively powerful, these scissors/shears guarantee decisive, satisfying cutting in anything from roast chickens to thick cardboard. Squeeze, slice, and exhale.
Where you can get it: CutCo Australia
Created by: Fellowes
Why we love it: Despite the somewhat gory connotations of the guillotine, it is an indispensable tool for the lover of simultaneous straight severance. The Fellowes model can cut upto 20 sheets of 80 gsm paper in one fell lop, and includes a full size SafeCut Guard to prevent ‘mishandling’.
Where you can get it: Stationery Distributors
Created by: Wilkinson Sword
Why we love it: An absolute life-saver when it comes to trimming tall trees/bushes etc., this light-weight, extendable cutter avoids the need for life threatening step ladder operations, instead affording the ability to access far away plant life.
Where you can get it: Wilkinson Sword