DIRECT: Design choice/global knives

My preoccupation with design dominates even quiet moments in the kitchen.

My preoccupation with design dominates even quiet moments in the


I most admire design that does a job, has integrity and a real purpose,

rather than something that is purely decorative. I love Global knives;

they are functional, ergonomic and stylish.

The first Global knives were designed in 1985 by Komin Yamada, who was

tasked by the manufacturer to come up with something truly


As a result, Global has managed to achieve something unique.

The radical design, with drop forged blades and hollow dimpled handles,

looks so different from anything else, but somehow still manages to fit

in with very diverse kitchen styles.

Apart from the easy-to-handle qualities of the knives, they are also

very hygienic, with smooth contours that refuse to trap food, rust or

corrode. The fact that they are also the choice of a chef such as David

Everitt-Matthias at Le Champignon Sauvage, speaks volumes to an amateur

such as myself. As someone who has used some very poor knives, I can

testify that Global knives are a dream. They are substantial, but not

too heavy, and are also beautifully balanced - just like the Samurai

swords that inspired them.

An added bonus is that, in my experience, they almost never need



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