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Although this innovative British brand was bought by the Dutch company, Amefa, in 2007, the takeover has in no way impacted its iconic quality and ever evolving designs. If anything, the company is going from strength to strength. Having been on the block (no pun intended) since 1839, Richardson Sheffield have never rested on their laurels nor expanded and diluted their product. They remain today, as always, completely focused on the development and creation of kitchen knives.
The Kyu range is an intriguing synthesis of Western and Japanese style which has not only created very precise knives but also works of design gold. Each knife has a sweeping curve to it that almost makes you want to frame it.
The Kyu 5 Piece Knife Block Set contains:
The Kyu collection has been very deliberately crafted with simple yet elegant Japanese aesthetics in mind. The flawless curve is purported to be based on the traditional Japanese bow and the Chrome Molybdenum Vanadiam stainless steel blade will certainly catch your eye. The light wood block is certainly understated which many people value in their kitchens; having a knife block that’s all singing, all dancing can draw attention and make the kitchen looked unbalanced. This one is smooth and contemporary while retaining a smart overall look.
The whole range of Richardson Sheffield Kyu knives are created with a full-tang ensuring crucial strength and resilience. Although most kitchen knives worth their salt have full-tang construction, it’s still worth mentioning as if you forget to check that sort of detail you could end up making a big purchasing mistake.
This range not only fit nicely in the hand, they also have a remarkably soft to touch handle. This makes intensive use easy and comfortable if not a genuine pleasure. You also shouldn’t need to sharpen this 5 piece set as it is manufactured with laser technology to offer an extraordinarily long life. Sharp knives make precise cuts and precise cuts make delicious food.
A particularly notable knife in this set is the bread knife which cuts through bread like it’s butter on a warm day. And if a bread knife cuts well you can bet the other knives are going to be wonderful slicers too. The 17.5cm Santoku knife has its iconic dimples along the blade which minimise friction and enable a slick fluidity while cutting.
Along with the dishwasher friendly status, these knives also have no sneaky dirt traps that harbour germs and old food. This allows this knife set to be thoroughly cleaned and returned to the wooden block dirt free each time.
- Arrive sharp and stay sharp – really sharp
- A variety of knives that cover almost every need
- Easy to clean
- Smooth and sleek to look at and use
- Expensive RRP
Overall, the Richardson Sheffield Kyu 5 Piece Knife Block Set is a very high quality, expertly crafted set that could only let you down if you were using it for something it literally wasn’t designed for. It looks and feels great, comes with an understated and classic knife block and won’t add an in-your-face design in the kitchen.
This set hard to fault except for the single, blindingly obvious point; it’s pretty expensive. However, this set really is an investment in your kitchen and, if you look after it, you shouldn’t have to replace it. Great quality knives are a pleasure to use and long-life sharp knives can actually be safer than blunt knives which are liable to slip and rob you of a digit.