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I'm in love.... - Micole Khemarrica — LiveJournal
I'm in love....
I have several friends who will occasionally send me links to things they think I'd like, and recently one of these friends sent me a link to this:

Mia Schmallenbach's award winning design

It demonstrates what I call "The Elegant Solution" -- something that is beautiful in both form and function, without anything extra.  Mia Schmallenbach determined the proportions using the Fibonacci sequence, with the average width of a hand as the base.  I love that with the stainless steel base, the set looks like it is etched into the block, and yet it's a fully functional 4 piece knife set.

Of course, something this lovely isn't cheap, but that doesn't stop me from loving this culinary piece of art.

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niall_shapero From: niall_shapero Date: July 7th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)


And just where can this toy be found? AHA! NOW I see the link...(must investigate..."run and find out..."
chefmongoose From: chefmongoose Date: July 7th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very pretty, though I'm not sold on how they'd be for actual use.. the empty handles on the biggest knives I'd suspect wouldn't work too well in actual kitchen conditions.

Still, very pretty. :)
tuftears From: tuftears Date: July 7th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dang, that is pretty cute! Though I think it sacrifices some function, I'd think the smallest knife might be hard to hold well.
zrath From: zrath Date: July 7th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

A beautiful piece of art, made in France. :)

khromat From: khromat Date: July 8th, 2011 05:00 am (UTC) (Link)

International creation

... by a GERMAN/Sri Lankan student at a BELGIUM design collage.

Sorry to burst your patriotic bubble. This was an international effort. :)
coppercheetah From: coppercheetah Date: July 8th, 2011 02:56 am (UTC) (Link)
It is a very interesting solution, one that tries to combine style and function. However, with what meager knife skills I have, I'd like to bring up several questions and comments:

  1. Having a blade with holes in it does tend to allow the blade to cut more smoothly through softer materials, but with it being just the very profile border of the blade, how much cutting strength do you actually have? It'll be fine for going through tomatoes, onions, and other produce, but what happens when you have to crack open a squash (like a pumpkin) or a tough root like horseradish? (Get out the cleaver and mallet?)
  2. In the same way the having a blade with only the profile may affect performance, having a hollow handle will affect grip. I had a knife with such a handle, and it was very hard to keep precise control for cuts. Were they to, say, only keep one side of the handle's outer profile, allowing the other knives to rest in the remaining depression, they could still stack the knives in the carrier, and the palm grip of the handle would have that sense of solidity that should allow for control. It would make the knife specific to left-handed or right-handed use--but if you're buying a set like this, you'd probably see that as an added perk.
  3. I like the nature-geeky fact they found that Fibonacci created such an effective blade shape. I think that just excels at driving the point that this was meant to be as much style as substance.
khromat From: khromat Date: July 8th, 2011 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)
As I don't have them physcially in hand (to turn a pun) to test them, I don't know if Mia designed them with sufficient depth to handle the strain of being hollow - in theory, the hollowness of the chef knife shouldn't affect its usefulness *if* the heel has enough heft. I agree on the hollow handle, and imagine if someone where to actually use this set they would make sleeves to cover the specific handle issues -- something to thicken the grip of the paring knife, for example.

This is definitely more a design than practical use, but they must work at least reasonably well or she wouldn't have won an award for them under the Culinary catagory of the European Design Awards. :)
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