It was my first good knife. I can almost picture the the out-of-the-way tool store I bought it at, there being no fancy kitchen shops where lived. I certainly remember the kitchen job where I used it. The place was a madhouse.
Digging my thumbnail into my fingertip just the right way, I can get a damaged nerve to twinge, legacy of a bit of personal tomfoolery that taught me to show proper respect for knives.
Knife collecting is so much fun. Such a rabbit hole.
It makes going to the knife drawer a treat.
The one thing I don't get is when pocket knife people start talking about using folding knives for food prep. Ughh!
But lately, I've been coming home to that first knife, a R.H. Forschner 430-8, made in Switzerland by Victorinox to complement the New York company's butcher scale business.
The knife does so many things well:
The team at America's Test Kitchen keeps picking the modern (plastic-handled) version of this knife in their kitchen knife shootouts. For me, my old wood handled modle fits the bill. Super versatile, light and comfortable, it makes prep one of the best parts of cooking.
Any old favorites hanging out in your knife drawer?
Cooking has always been a part of my life.