Barbara Friedrich | Prof. Karin Schmidt-Ruhland | Frank A. Reinhardt
In the Umami Santoku, Per Finne has developed an incredibly versatile Japanese-style knife. He seems to have achieved his goal of creating a functional kitchen tool which is fun to use with friends. The knife’s shape, which at first seems somewhat arbitrary, is actually very sensibly ergonomic. The handle, rather short in comparison to other knives, allows you to hold the knife by the blade, with the grip having a supporting role. This manner of holding a knife leads to a different, more respectful way of handling cutting tools and a new awareness of the quality and value of foodstuffs. A great knife that, thanks to its lovely combination of materials, has what it takes to become your favourite thing in the kitchen.