It’s not your typical Swiss Army knife. Victorinox, the company that makes those gadget-laden implements, also has several lines of simpler kitchen cutlery. Its newest is a cross-cultural affair, made with a Japanese santoku-shaped seven-inch blade instead of a standard chef’s knife blade. It’s called Damast because the steel is forged according to the Damascus technique originally used for swords in the Middle East. That approach makes the blade both strong and flexible, and has a typically wavy pattern. The knife, a limited edition, has a comfortable walnut handle and is well balanced.
Victorinox Santoku Damast Knife, $600, swissknifeshop.com.