No flatware set is complete without a sturdy knife. From dinner knives to a good fish knife or solid butter knife, Sambonet brings class, quality and beauty to the table. While a formal place setting includes both the dinner knife and fish knife, it is important to have good butter and cheese knives as a part of your collection for impressive at home dinner parties or events done with the utmost style. As opposed to steak knives, dinner knives tend to have a dull, unsharpened end, a characteristic that came about in the 1630s when Cardinal Richelieu tried to impress upon his dinner guests a certain etiquette by eliminating sharp knife tips which were acting as toothpicks. In the same century, sharp-ended knives were prohibited both on the street and noble dining tables in an effort to cut back on unfortunate violent accidents which were a little too commonplace. And voilà, there you have it, the birth of the modern day table knife. For over a century, Sambonet has been dedicated to the production of flatware sets, each knife made with artisan care, high quality materials and superior production techniques.
With a good amount knives to choose from, it’s helpful to know what purpose each one serves. The particular characteristics of each knife makes all the difference when cutting a chicken breast or a sea bass. Here’s a list of Sambonet’s various knives that are part of the numerous flatware sets:
Knives come in different finishings. For an elegant and shinier exterior that reflects more light, silverplating is the way to go. On the other hand, a stainless steel knife is extremely durable and with proper care, can last in good condition for more than a century. These finishing options hold true for all Sambonet spoons, knives and forks.
As with all spoons and forks, there are a plethora of knives that are specifically created to perform a specific function. The most common and basic of all these knives is the dinner knife, often called the table knife. It is the longest knife found in a formal table setting and is used for the main dish, unless of course a slab of meat is being served which then calls for a good steak knife. The steak knife usually doesn’t come as part of a flatware set, but is a sharp must-have in your kitchen. The dessert knife is offered in two versions based on the set and design that you choose. One knife has a more rounded end, while the other is more pointed. Why? The roundness of the tip is helpful for cutting through softer desserts, while the pointed knife is better for something hard. A fish knife has a wider blade and often has a tip with a notch in it. This is to help remove the bones from the fish and onto the plate. Sambonet offers two types of butter knives. One is smaller with a more rounded tip and is used for spreading butter evenly onto bread, while a butter knife has a more pointy edge and is used to cut and move butter from the butter to the bread dish. The last knife is the cheese knife, characterized by its upward movement and forked tip. These particular knives are specialized in cutting soft cheese. And there you have it! Every knife has its own importance and Sambonet is proud to offer a multitude of different high quality designs and sets, something to fit every taste.