A good knife is a thing of beauty. It is a wonderful tool. For chefs and cooks, a knife can make cooking painful or pleasant. A dull, cheap knife will ruin your mood, butcher (no pun intended) your vegetables or meat and perhaps even cause you to cut yourself as you struggle. A good knife makes life easy and holds its edge without requiring sharpening every 5-minutes. I have a lot of knives, many Wusthof and from my mother and grandmother. One of them, a Wusthof santoku knife, I use for 90% of the tasks I use a knife for. You don’t need a lot of knives, you just need the best quality in the knives you have.
While I am very happy and love my Wusthof knives, one day I would like to splurge and get a handmade Middleton knife. These babys are made in my home state, South Carolina, in a small town near Charleston. Quinton Middleton makes them part-time in a plywood shed in his backyard. His “day” job is being a handyman for the town of St Stephen. His knives are known for their high quality and beauty and he has al least an 8-10 week backlog. He does everything himself using high carbon steel and each one is unique and made for its eventual owner after a consultation to ensure the knife is made to a customer’s specifications. For all this, they aren’t as expensive as they may appear on the surface.
I’ll let some pictures do the talking. Check out Quinton’s web site at http://middletonmadeknives.com/buy.htm.