FINI Cutlery is giving our readers a chance to win one of two sets of its knives. Enter at the bottom of the post.
Go to your kitchen, grab a chef’s knife, and look at how you’re holding it.
Unless you’re a chef, you’re probably holding it “wrong”—according to some people anyway.
The general design of the chef’s knife hasn’t changed much over the years. If something works, why change it?
That’s where FINI Cutlery comes into the picture.
The relatively new company designed a set of knives with handles that look a little different than your average kitchen knife.
FINI Cutlery reached out to the Cutting Edge blog to review a set of two knives: a chef’s knife and a paring knife. I said yes, so they sent me a sample to review. As always my reviews are done with honesty and fairness.
Let’s see how well these knives held up.
About FINI Cutlery
Before we get to the knife, let’s look at FINI Cutlery.
FINI Cutlery launched with a Kickstarter campaign to fund these knives on September 14, 2015. Inventor and long-time chef Peter Rigas created these knives with an eye toward proper gripping and efficiency.
Here is a quote from Rigas via the Kickstarter campaign page:
Between my long restaurant career and my personal life I have given many hundreds of knife lessons. I was taught when I was 15, working in a busy diner, by a chef who cringed while watching me work. He also offered me a cot, saying “you’ll be here all night if you keep holding the knife like that.”
So the idea was to create a knife that automatically placed the user’s hand into a proper position.
Apparently many out there agree with this sentiment, and the campaign was successfully funded for more than $100,000, exceeding the original goal of $40,000. There was some trouble in getting the knives out to people (as there is with pretty much every funded project), but all the orders were filled and a company was born.
Initial Impressions and Specs
“Where’s the handle?”
That’s the first thing my wife asked when she saw the knives I’m reviewing today. It’s a fair question. The handle is short and stubby—completely unlike all the other kitchen knives out there.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.