I remember several years ago taking one of those goofy personality tests and having to answer the question, "I like knives."
I remember thinking...we'll there's just no way for me to honestly answer that question...of COURSE I like knives...I LOVE to cook. And any chef will tell you - a good knife is probably the best instrument in her tool box.
However, without knowing I love to cook and why I like a good knife - I'm certain the reviewer would have thought I was Charles Mason's child moments away from a rampage and so I answered no - no I in fact do not like knives.
Brothers Jordan and Jared Schmidt are the brains behind Schmidt Brothers Cutlery. And these two Jersey's guys are on a mission to bring artisan-inspired quality to mass-market knives and at a fraction of the price.
And by fraction of a price I mean under $40 for a high quality, heavy hunk of German stainless steel and beautiful Acacia wood handle knives.
I recently discovered Schmidt Brothers at my local TJ Maxx where I scored this 8" Forge series Chefs Knife for $16.99 from it's retail of only $39.99.
The knife was of a heavy weight, solid, but not too heavy for my smaller hands. Looked like it had an amazing wood handle and could slice through anything with easy. I just kept looking at it thinking the knife had to have been mis-marked. I snatched her up, brought her home and immediately started slicing whole chicken breasts, hunks of bittersweet chocolate and carrots with ease.
Looks like I'm not along in my love of Schmidt Brothers Cutlery. The brothers knives are now sold at West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Bloomingdale's Macy's and Food & Wine even named Schmidt Brothers one of the best kitchen knifes on the market.
I can guarantee I'll be on the prowl for more of their knives - I'm thinking a good bread knife is in order!
READERS: Have you tried or even heard of Schmidt Brothers Cutlery?