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)