365 Objects Of Design, Kitchen Essentials

365 Objects Of Design #5: Kyocera Ceramic Knife

5th March 2012
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Part of the Kitchen Essentials Series

The first time I used a ceramic knife I was terrified of losing a finger. Or three. But it doesn’t take long to get used to. They’re incredibly light, incredibly sharp and, crucially, they don’t blunt.  They’re made from Zirconium Oxide (the next hardest thing to diamond).

Recently, at a kitchen supper with friends, talk turned to kitchenalia and I mentioned my ceramic knife. Faced with a row of bemused faces, I fetched it from the drawer and ten minutes later, everyone was slicing through raw potatoes with oohs of delight. (No we don’t need any comments about how exciting our lives are thank you, I share this merely to make a point about the knife). The only thing to be careful of is that they can’t go in the dishwasher, a simple wipe with a hot cloth will do, and if you drop them, they may of course shatter.


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