My Shun Bob Kramer Meiji Chef's Knife and I have only been together for three months, but I have a feeling this relationship is serious. The most beautiful knife I have ever owned, it makes everyday chopping and slicing feel like a special occasion.
This 6-inch Shun Bob Kramer Meiji Chef's Knife was a gift from my stepfather, who thought its size and weight would suit my slender hands. He was right. I previously considered the Füri Rachael Ray East/West Coppertail knife my favorite small/light knife but now it feels clunky in comparison.
The Meiji knife is a collaboration between Japanese knifemaker Shun and American Master Bladesmith Bob Kramer. Kramer is one of only 103 Master Bladesmiths in the world and procuring one of his custom knives can take years and a hefty investment. While I imagine this Shun replica pales in comparison – the main difference is in the type of steel, and the fact that it's hand-forged in Japan rather than by Kramer himself – I am thrilled with its design and performance.
A beautiful marriage of European and Japanese styles, the knife is super-sharp with a nice balance and a comfortable finger ridge on the handle. It quickly and precisely slices through fruits and vegetables and is easy to sharpen. (As a vegetarian, I can't speak to its meat cutting abilities.) I've also noticed that having a knife of this quality leads me to take better care of it. I probably wouldn't have purchased it for myself, but it's a well-treasured gift!
• Find it: Shun Bob Kramer Meiji Chef's Knife, $375 at Williams-Sonoma
(Image: Emily Ho)