Of all the fancy kitchen gadgets and kitchen utensils you can stock your kitchen with, few are as daunting as shopping for chef’s knives. To begin with, they to see intimidating – they are knives, after all, that are sharp, pointed and ready to cut your food. But anyone who’s ever shopped for knives knows that picking a set and analyzing the features will keep you on the edge: between brand name, weight, style, and balance, there’s a lot to consider. Throw in technical words like “German style” and “Damascus steel,” and unless you’re a trained culinary expert, landing on a platter might seem like something out of the ordinary. Hell’s Kitchen.
Well, we’ve found it: a user-friendly, simple and easy-to-use knife set for home cooks, without compromising on quality. New brand of direct-to-consumer cooking (DTC) Oven has figured out how to make buying knives a whole lot less confusing and intimidating with its range of professional quality knives designed for the everyday skills of the cook. and Bank account. For $165, you can chop, slice, trim, dice, and mince with tools that are a cut above the rest.
“The idea of Oven was born from the simple fact of shopping,” explains the co-founder of the brand, Noelle Hjelte. She explains that she and her husband-turned-business partner, Michael Gettis, were looking to upgrade their shoddy knives they bought as newlyweds for something better. They found that the knives were either well priced but of poor quality, or high quality at a very high cost, and there was little to explain or justify any significant price differences. “Oven was founded with a simple premise: everyone deserves a quality knife set at an affordable price.”
It starts with the materials and the production process. Kilne products are made in Canada from professional grade materials that you want to your knives should be made from (think: German chrome steel, fully forged metal, soft, soft acacia wood for the blades). But true to DTC philosophy, Kilne ignores big-box retailers or price-raising middlemen, shipping directly to you, the buyer. This keeps production costs low, maintaining quality without having to compromise price.
When it comes to development, Kilne also speaks directly to professionals, such as chefs Suzanne Barr and Claudio Aprile, to test the knives and create content explaining what makes them good and how to use them. “OvenThe website and social media channels explain knife features and knife care best practices, in a way that anyone can understand,” says Hjelte. “For example, not everyone knows what a full tang blade is, so we explain that it’s a single piece of steel through the blade and the handle for added strength and balance. We also love to share recipes that are not only delicious to make, but also help build confidence in the kitchen.”‘
Kilne Knives: An Honest Review
As a hobbyist home chef who loves to cook but really has no business being on his own cooking show, Kilne knives are easy to use and understand. I received the brand’s 6-piece knife set ($210), which includes the same three knives as the Essentials set, more a 7-inch multi-purpose knife, sharpener, kitchen shears and an acacia wood storage base.
Right off the bat, they seemed ~chic~. In my minimal cooking knowledge, I knew that knives should be 1) sharp, 2) balanced, and 3) feel natural in my hands. They ticked all of those boxes – they were scarily crisp, nothing was too heavy or difficult to use, and they look at so nice my boyfriend went out of his way to
man plain remind me that these should *not* be dishwasher safe. Note!
But I think my favorite part is the simple description of each knife that makes them ridiculously easy to understand what they do. Seriously, you don’t have to be Gordon Ramsey to know which knife does what. Both on the website and in the included marketing materials, the knives are labeled as a duo. For example, the 8-inch chef’s knife is nicknamed the “All Rounder”, indicating that it can be used for just about anything. The 7-inch Santoku knife, however, has been dubbed “The Chopper”, implying that it’s better at chopping vegetables than, say, slicing a slice of meat. That way you don’t have to scratch your head mid-cook wondering if you know how to use it and if you do get really confused, you can just hop on the Kilne website to scroll through the range of knives and get some cooking tips.
My favorite part has to be that pretty block of acacia wood, though. As a suction cup for aesthetics, it looks so cared for on my kitchen counters and makes it easy to get to what I need while cooking. There’s no need to rummage through my drawers for that carving knife or wonder where the whetstone went too – it all lives there, organized neatly (and safely!) in the block of classy wood.
For $210 I recommend getting the 6 piece set. It has everything you need to whip up your favorite homemade meals without breaking the bank. Plus, there’s this cute wooden stand you’ll want to leave on your counter, too. If you don’t need the full set, you can also buy knives individually (or get the 3-piece Essentials Kit to complete your fundamentals). But to get your money’s worth, this $210 knife set won’t hurt.
And if you are always Intimidated, Hjelte has some advice to keep in mind: “Don’t just assume that high price means high quality. Research the materials and how the knives are made,” she says. And make sure you can try them at home. Luckily for you, Kilne offers a 60-day in-home trial that lets customers test the knives out for themselves. If you don’t like them, send them back, no problem (but we’re sure you’ll want to keep them).
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