A full suite of sharp, gleaming knives for cooking is one of the hallmarks of successful adulting. If you’ve got a set of steak knives, a paring knife, a chef’s knife, and a Santoku, you’re basically set.
…Unless you want to really level up your slicing, dicing, and spreading game. It turns out there are a whole host of oddly (and pleasingly) specific knives for every kitchen task. Like, for example, a Nutella knife. One side of the knife’s asymmetrical blade slices bread; the other side is a spreader shaped like the inside of a Nutella jar—to help you extract every last bit of chocolately, hazelnutty goodness.
And the Nutella spreader is just the tip of the…knife. (I know, I know. I’m shameless.)
Below is our guide to The Top 5 Oddly Specific Knives You Didn’t Know You Needed. Each one is designed to make your life a little bit easier—and delight your dinner guests.
Slicing a fresh-from-the-garden tomato without crushing it can feel like a near-impossible feat. That’s why Berti created the Insieme (“together” in Italian) tomato knife. It has a handsome Lucite handle and a gently serrated edge that cuts through the fruit without collateral damage.
Do you really need a champagne saber? Absolutely, yes. It actually has far more applications than you might imagine: Christmas, New Year’s, birthdays, weddings, graduations—any time the occasion calls for uncorking a bottle of Champagne with a dramatic flourish.
Shucking oysters, fresh from the sea, is one of summertime’s sublimest pleasures. This knife easily pries the little buggers from their shells.
If you cook a lot of fish, you need one of these knives, which are expertly designed to slice and de-bone the delicate skin. The long, slim blade lets you cut along the backbone and under the skin, ensuring that no edible parts are wasted.
Sure, you could use a paring or steak knife to peel your fruit and veggies. But why would you do that when there’s a tool crafted just for the task? A peeling knife’s curved blade slices effortlessly into the skin of potatoes, oranges, and more, while the triple-riveted handle provides ultimate balance, control, and durability.
Any of these knives would make a memorable housewarming or host gift. And there’s plenty more where they came from: carving knives, cheese knives, and more. Whichever blade you choose, there’s pleasure—and peace of mind—in knowing that the right tool for the job is always on hand.