In a parallel universe somewhere I am a slightly shorter, more robust version of Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, twirling a samurai sword and freedom fighting my way through another yellow leather clad day.
In my every day existence I have very little use for the sword or the yellow leathers, but I do like a nice sharp knife.
Our current set of knives are about 8 years old, bought as a wedding present. Any additions since then have generally come from a popular swedish furniture store, so when I was offered the chance to review a set of Jamie Oliver knives, my only question was “Will you throw in a knife thrower’s wheel?”
The knives arrived yesterday and much excitement ensued. I was seriously impressed. The five knives sit in a tall, curved beech block – it’s gorgeous enough to enhance my kitchen, although I will obviously now need lots more Jamie goodies to bring the rest of the room up to scratch.
The heel (that’s the end of the knife apparently) of every knife is engraved with its name, it’s a little detail that makes a great design feature as well as being genuinely helpful, and they’re heavy – in a good way – they feel safe in your hand, especially when you’re brandishing them and screaming at a passing ninja.
My favourite thing is the noise they make when you draw them out of the block – they sound like proper knives, they have that ting thing going on, something to do with the quality of the Japanese stainless steel – it must be good as they come with a 25 year guarantee. They are dishwasher safe, but I’m currently so attached to them that I’m lovingly washing and drying them after every use, I’m sure that will soon change.
So, pretty much perfect then? Well, yes, apart from one thing. The packaging looks like it was designed by the Junior Apprentice losers – it’s lacking in inspiration and makes the product (which really is fabulous) look a little bit cheap. This may be just me, I’m anal about design and print and obviously it’s all going to end up in the recycling, but if I were spending £120 on a wedding gift I’d hesitate if I saw the box on the shelf, and that’s a real shame.
Final verdict? Really gorgeous product, really terrible packaging – quick someone tell Jamie to sort it out!