Every family has at least one culinary expert—they might peruse Epicurious during lunch breaks, concoct mind-blowing cocktails with homemade bacon vodka or have a frightening altar to Guy Fieri stashed away in a closet. No matter what flavor of foodie they may be, one thing they’ll always need is another kitchen knife to add to their collection. That, or a convenient accessory for storing or carrying their collection.
Ginsu Chikara 7″ Cleaver
Every chef aspires to own a BFC—that is to say, a “big freaking cleaver.” For anyone who grew up watching Yan Can Cook, the Asian-style cleaver represents the height of technical prowess, strength and style. Ginsu’s well-balanced take on the cleaver is easier to handle than the BFCs you’ve seen in your local Chinese kitchen, though it’s well matched in terms of precision and pure power. This knife is so much fun to chop with; no animal, vegetable or mineral will be safe from its edge. Just make sure that you have plenty of food in your fridge, because the person who receives this knife is going to want to test it out immediately.
Top Chef 5-Piece Knife Set including Nylon Carrying Case
If thoughts of Padma Lakshmi set your giftee’s soul aflame, this 5-piece knife set by Top Chef will make the perfect present. The set, which comes with two santoku knives, a paring knife, a sharpening steel and black nylon knife roll, is a jazzed-up version of the basic knife kits that many culinary students receive during their schooling.
These knives are distinguished by the official Top Chef logo etched onto the knife blades as well as the nylon roll. These knives by Master Cutlery are made for more than looks: the X30Cr13 stainless steel blades are ice-tempered and cut with hollow grounds to inhibit sticking. This is a level of utility that any chef needs to reach the top of their game.
Kanetsune Petty Hammered Sandvic Nickel Damascus Chef Knife
Though many competent Western knifemakers have emerged on the culinary knife market in recent decades, Japanese knives still possess an undeniable feeling of elegance and craftsmanship that remains unmatched.
Kanetsune’s Damascus series chef’s knives are hand-hammered from Swedish steel in Seki, the Japanese city that has been the heart of the knife world for 800 years. The blade’s rippled design makes even the most banal culinary tasks like poetry in motion. From the gorgeous red sandalwood handle to signature of the craftsman on the blade, this 150mm knife will blow the mind of any recipient.
Boker Damast Olive I Chef’s Knife
For a more Eurocentric style of knife, look into getting a Boker Damast Olive I Chef’s Knife for your giftee. If they’re more into pizza than sushi, this Mediterranean-inspired knife will be a surefire hit. This 8 1/4″ knife by the German-based Boker company pairs 37 layers of Damascus steel with handles crafted from hand-picked samples of genuine olive wood. The combination makes for a stunning juxtaposition of natural patterns and ripples that will class up even the humblest of kitchens. Your recipient will be inspired to cook every day, especially if that means they’ll get to use this knife more often.
Ergo Chef 12 Pocket Solid Tri Fold Cutlery Bag
However, maybe adding a new knife to a someone’s already-sizable collection isn’t the best idea. If your gift recipient is the kind of person who likes to take their show on the road, give them this 12-pocket cutlery bag from Ergo Chef. Even if they’re not a professional restaurant chef, they’ll appreciate the ability to bring their personal knives with them to special cooking occasions and dinner parties.
This knife bag is made from a durable blend of nylon and polyester, with enough room to hold 12 knives plus an array of smaller tools. Ergo Chef’s well-known emphasis on comfortable designs extends to this bag, which can be easily folded up and carried via shoulder or hand straps. If there’s anything a foodie loves, it’s showing off; happily, this knife bag will give them plenty of opportunities to do so.