Best Made has pretty much been the sharpest tool in the box since day one (case in point: the New York brand’s exemplary Hudson Bay axe), so it’s little surprise their exclusive Japanese chef knives are a cut above. Forged in Sanjo, Niigata – and available individually or as a set of four – the forged, triple-laminate blades feature stainless surface layers forged around an Aogami blue steel (yes, actual blue steel) core. The finishing touch: hand-scorched Shou Sugi Ban chestnut handles that are naturally resistant to water and heat, and topped off with a distinctive buffalo horn cuff. Chop chop.

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