We live in a world filled with design innovations and ingenious products, but it may come as a surprise to many to learn that the humble kitchen knife currently goes through a revolution. And Germany seems to leads the way.
First, we wrote about the modernization of a 3,500-year old blade. Now, we’re happy to introduce one of the most eco-friendly and sustainably designed chef knife to enter your kitchen. Made by another German company, Lignum, the handcrafted Skid knife provides a green take on the ubiquitous utensil thanks to its metal to wood ratio. Unlike any other knives we’re ever seen, Skid is manufactured from 97% wood and 3% alloyed carbon steel, which means that the company can produce up to 30 times more knives with the same amount of steel used to make traditional blades.
Much like the thoughtful design that looks and feels just right, the deliberate use of cutting-edge and renewable materials makes the knives stand out from the crowd. The extremely tough Robinia wood has higher concentration levels of tannin, making each knife antibacterial as well as easy to clean with warm water. A 100% linseed oil finish enhances these properties further by closing the pores on the surface of the hardwood. The blade has a 59 – 61 HRC hardness, similar to the steel used by ancient Japanese blacksmiths, offering ultra-sharpness and durability. The end result successfully blends functionality and modern design in expertly handcrafted products made to last. The brand’s Indiegogo campaign page offers Skid at reduced prices for backers; the early bird packages start at $182 and have a delivery date set for March 2017. Photo credits: Lignum.