Today I want to talk about cooking. I gotta admit I'm absolutely obsessed with kitchen setups, but after a few hours of drooling over ranges, ovens, sinks, broilers and so on, I realized that maybe not too many of you guys would be wide-eyed in amazement over the new, bowl-scraping Breville mixers (though you should be, it's nuts). So, I figured I'd go with something any cook, however skilled, simply cannot go without – a good chef's knife. Like the Andy Wolf frames, today's item is a little pricey, but will last you a lifetime. As you might be able to tell by its appearance, this WMF Grand Gourmet is not your average model – the blade is forged from contemporary Damascus steel, making it exceptionally strong and able to hold an edge, along with giving it a sort of hypnotizing elegance. I own a standard Grand Gourmet model, and I've yet to handle a knife that I feel more comfortable with. The weight, balance, and design are second to none, and given that WMF is one of Germany's oldest and most respected metalware manufacturers, it really comes as no surprise.
The Grand Gourmet Damasteel goes for 299 Euro (US$390) on their website, not including the cost of a sharpening steel and whetstone – if you want your blade to last, take care of it!
This week ITS is being curated by [KAVEH TABATABAIE]. Kav is a New Yorker currently living in Vienna, a move which has made the mispronunciation of his name considerably funnier. A writer, cook, translator, and contributor to VICE Magazine, he has a crippling fear of speaking German, but manages to get by on his dashing good looks and immutable charm [sic]. He spends a great deal of his free time yelling at fully-grown adults riding scooters past his apartment, a public service which has become his greatest motivation for improving his spoken German.