For summer sandwiches: Shun Classic U2 Ultimate Utility Knife
My husband was in Sur La Table the other day, looking at knives, his big weakness in the cookware category. He overheard a French chef raving to the clerk about a Japanese knife on special. "This is a fantastic knife," he told her. "Everywhere else, it’s over $150 -- and you’re selling it for $79.95? How many have you got?”
My husband, of course, sidled over to inspect the knife. Made by Shun, the renowned Japanese knife company, the Classic U2 Ultimate Utility Knife, has a serrated curved blade, the better to rock against the cutting board.
He couldn’t resist the bargain and brought one home. This is the perfect sandwich knife. It cuts right through thick crusts and won’t rip up the sandwich or the tomatoes in the process. It can also slice and dice with the best of them. Use the broad tip to spread on mayonnaise or mustard.
The 6-inch steel blade is clad in Damascus stainless steel and it has an ebony handle made of a resin and hardwood fusion. Technically, it’s dishwasher safe, but with a knife of this quality hand washing is preferable.
Normally, $155 at Sur La Table, it's on special now in the stores and online (with free shipping) for $79.95. (Elsewhere, the price ranges from $99.95 to $175.)
-- S. Irene Virbila
Photos: The Shun Classic U2 Ultimate Utility Knife. Credit: S. Irene Virbila / Los Angeles Times