A chef is only as good as his knife, as the folks at Mundial know. The 80-year-old cutlery company—established in Germany by esteemed metallurgist Paul Zivi—utilizes an exclusive high-carbon, stainless-steel alloy that improves the durability and resilience of its kitchen and craft tools. Mundial’s portfolio is vast, with options ranging from the popular hollow-edged Santoku knife to the FreeStyle cutting shears. Standout innovations include its Mundi ergonomic handles, which reduce cutting fatigue, and its specially crafted blades, which are designed specifically for Japanese cooking.
When you’re shopping for kitchen essentials for a new home, it can take quite a bit of time to write out your list and then motor around to a bunch of stores to check everything off. Instead, we did the work for you. Here’s our list of essentials (and little luxuries) that’ll make your kitchen well stocked — and quite nice-looking, if we might add.
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Slice, dice and julienne with ease with these super-sharp knives from Mundial’s Olivier collection. All feature solid walnut handles and blades forged from the company’s exclusive high-carbon, stainless-steel alloy, which improves the tools’ durability and resilience. Choose from your basic 6-inch chef’s model to 10-piece block sets. Also available is a smattering of options from Mundial’s Future line, including steak knives and cleavers with polished stainless handles.
This Japanese company pioneered kitchenware that uses ceramic blades, which are stronger, sharper and more lightweight than steel. Experience the difference with its chef’s and santoku knives, available with ergonomic handles in your choice of pakka wood or plastic. The colorful slicers and peelers also are sharp ideas, as are the Kyotop gift sets that come packaged with a pocketknife.