The new Twin Cuisine range of precision-forged knives from German manufacturer Zwilling JA Henckels is already the choice for a number of TV chefs, including Marco Pierre White in The Great British Feast.
A new design swivels the tang (normally on the same plane as the blade) through 90° to create a horizontal platform sandwiched by the tough synthetic handle. This provides a comfortable, ergonomic implement that is perfectly balanced and weighted.
The contemporary and stylish knives use Zwilling's patented Friodur process to ice-harden the steel for maximum hardness, flexibility and resistance to corrosion, while its laser-monitored process creates razor-sharp cutting edges.
The Twin Cuisine line comprises 19 knives, a carving fork, five sets of two-, three- and four-piece collections, and four-knife block sets of six to eight pieces (which sell for about £400). All come with a lifetime guarantee.
Zwilling's Four Star line remains, it claims, one of the world's most popular professional brands, with more than 25 million pieces sold since 1985.
The precision-forged set (which also uses the Friodur and laser-monitor processes) offers 27 knives; seven sets of two or three pieces; six knife block sets from seven to 11 pieces; and an aluminium chef's case with seven knifes, a fork, a corer, a melon baller, a palette knife and a sharpening steel.
To buy it, call 01923 635440
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