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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Wusthof knives

Wusthoff

It was like falling in love at first sight. I held it in my hand, and I never wanted it to leave. It just felt good. Heavy, but not burdensome. Whole and solid and perfect. Holding it, and then chopping some potatoes with it, I knew that I needed to own it. Why look further when you’ve already found it? I trust my gut. I bought the Wusthof knife.

I took it home and looked at it. Took pictures of it. Slid it in and out of its cover and listened to the sword-like tzwing sound it made when it emerged from its shell. At first, I didn’t want to use it. It’s so pretty. But then, I broke that barrier and started chopping.

Here’s a friendly warning for you, if you’re planning on buying yourself a really good knife (and you should. You really should.): respect the knife. When I started slicing vegetables, I was in awe of the knife. I’ve never chopped so slowly in my life. Everything simply fell into small slices and tender nibbles without the least bit of trouble from me. Eager to cut and chop and dice and slice, I took every vegetable I had in the house, and watched it transform into magic under my hands. I was mindful and kind and watching and alive. It felt good. The minestrone soup that grew from a mound of vegetables filled me, entirely.

But let me tell you, I’m not going to take that knife for granted. It’s a beautiful knife. Whisper sharp and gleaming in the dark night kitchen. I plan on owning this one for at least another decade. And I can’t wait to eat all the meals that will appear, underneath my hands.

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Anonymous Bev said...

Which knife did you buy ?

November 1, 2008 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I am so late to this post, but I bought myself a Wusthof knife (the six inch chef's knife) two years ago with the winnings from our annual office cook-off (I won the dessert category). Man, I love that knife. It will always be my first Wusthof! (It is currenly my ONLY Wusthof but I hope to remedy that soon -- I have my eye on the 8 inch chef's knife, the 4 inch paring knife, and the bread knife.)

May 24, 2009 at 10:02 AM  

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