Designer Wen Jing Lai has created a line of cutlery that combines the elegance of chopsticks and spoons with the utility of forks and knives. The utensils are made of combinations of bamboo, stainless steel, wood and clay.
Designer Wei Young has crafted a set of reusable plastic utensils that's sturdy and compact and offers an alternative to disposable plastic forks and knives. The $10 set comes in a variety of colors and includes a folding knife and multi-purpose spork that are dishwasher-safe and BPA-free.
The Schmidt Brothers Cutlery No. 277 Urban Block is a clear acrylic knife block embedded with magnets, making it easy for at-home chefs to store knives safely and visibly. The product combines the visibility of a knife drawer without the associated risks to the user and damage to the knives.
Jonathan Broida used to be a chef, until he began sharpening knives. Now, the self-professed "knife geek" is spreading his expertise through his store, Japanese Knife Imports, in Venice, Calif. He's popular with local chefs who drop in for knives or to have their own knives repaired or sharpened. "I'm trying to create a community of knife geeks," said Broida.
The Federal’s set of maple wood knives make a handsome addition to the kitchen. While the knives may not be as durable as their steel counterparts, the wood is sealed, and each knife features a thick metal blade.