The R&K kitchen crew has been boning duck and chiffonading basil with Global blades since Bourdain anointed them in his 2000 bestseller Kitchen Confidential. “Most of the professionals I know have for years been retiring their Wusthofs and replacing them with the lightweight, easy-to-sharpen and relatively inexpensive vanadium steel Global knives, very good Japanese products that have—in addition to their many other fine qualities—the added attraction of looking really cool.”
Bourdain goes on to recommend a few indispensable knives for cooks of all stripes, and based on his advice, we’ve put together a two-knife set with Global’s latest creations. Whether you aspire to be the next Escoffier or to simply put dinner on the table, these two knives should get you well on your way. Each knife set also comes with a how-to zine to help you get knifing like a pro.
Global 8″ Hollow Ground Chef’s Knife: The most essential and versatile blade in every cook’s kit, this mid-sized, lightweight chef’s knife can slice sirloin, chop onions, mince garlic, julienne peppers, and generally make quick work of pretty much any plant or protein you place before it.
6″ Serrated Utility Knife: Built for more than just slicing bread and tomatoes, the sleek size and triangular shape makes this serrated blade ideal for handling everything from root vegetables to fruit to large cuts of meat.