Top Pick: Knives & Cutlery
Anyone who loves meat will also love Hektor. The knife is ideal for cutting larger pieces of meat and fish, but also perfect as a ‘brisket knife’ for the BBQ area. The long curved blade is perfect especially when cutting brisket — namely, beef brisket cooked in hot smoke — because it can achieve a long drawn cut. You can also cut large pieces easily, without needing a break. Friedr. Dick cooking and barbecue enthusiasts from all over the world were involved in the naming process through social media. The name was finally chosen from over 500 different name suggestions — inspired by the warrior Hector from Greek mythology. Hector was a noble and great military leader and one of the strongest warriors in the battle of Troy. Friedr. Dick knives are locally distributed by A. Ronai LLC (www.ronai.ae).
Solia operates in the south of France and specialises in creating and manufacturing food disposable tableware and packaging. Founded in 1995, the company’s research and development department is constantly creating products with high-end design. Solia also constantly works with recyclable and biodegradable materials.
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The Cook’s Knife is the most often used item in any kitchen. Designed and manufactured for wide-ranging general use, the blade is shaped and worked so that it can peel, trim, slice, chop, mince, fillet fish and fabricate meat. A good-quality cook’s knife should be well balanced, with the weight of the blade equalled by the weight of the handle. It makes cutting easier, as the weight of the handle works in tandem with the chef.
The blade has several distinct work areas: the tip, the cutting edge, the heel, the point, the spine and the flat of the blade. The blunt edge can be used to break up small bones. The wide flat surface is suitable for flattening and shaping meat cuts such as filets, crushing garlic or lifting foods up from the cutting surface.
Using a combination of precision engineering and dextrous hand finishing, Savernake Knives can make both customised and entirely tailor-made knives within weeks. The British company is based on the edge of the Savernake Forest, near Marlborough in Wiltshire. It uses high-end Sandvik 14c28n stainless steel, designs knives in Autodesk Inventor and creates bespoke blades accurate to the last mm due to its Haas milling machine. The blades are heat-treated by hand and the handles are crafted on-site using a variety of both ultra-modern and timeless materials.