I want people to feel the pleasure of preparing everyday food, and not consider cooking as a stressful activity. For me cutting, chopping and slicing feels relaxing – and everyday cooking makes a good transition from working to evening activities. To enhance this experiense, a good tool is of great importance – and this is why I developed this knife.

Aesthetics is about sensing experience, and a product is just a tool to create and increase the experience. I’m concerned with finding a good balance between form and function – and regard tactile aesthetics just as high as the visual. Just find the feeling you get when the knife slice through a tomato without any resistanse…

Knives should be extensions of the hand, and by having a smooth transition between the handle and the blade, it offer a big variety of gripping possibilities. This makes the knife both versatile and flexible in use. The knife is made of molybden vanadium steel with an oak handle.

Clean and dry the knife by hand immediately after use – and store it safely.

I hope the knife will become an object people get fond of and care for – and that it will be given a long life!


The Umami Santoku has been awarded the German Design Award by the German Design Council and Design Excellence by the Norwegian Design Council.