An Essential Gift for Cooks: The Pocketknife

An Essential Gift for Cooks: The Pocketknife

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Dana Velden
Dec 15, 2011
Because they've somewhat fallen out of fashion, many cooks don't realize how important a pocketknife is to a culinary life. Sure we have our chef's knife and our paring knife safely ensconced in the home kitchen. But a cook should always be ready for whatever delicious opportunities are thrown her way and a pocketknife is essential for that readiness. Plus, a pocketknife is a thing of beauty and as such should always be encouraged. Do you have a pocketknife? What do you use it for? There are countless uses for a pocketknife. Just to name a few: • Foraging mushrooms while on a walk in the woods • All manner of foraging on a walk in the woods, actually. • Opening oysters on the beach. • Prying open nuts in an orchard. • Harvesting a few vegetables or herbs while on a stroll through the garden. • Slicing up an apple as you walk and talk with an old friend. • Dozens and dozens of uses as a picnic implement. • Anytime you're stuck in traffic with a car full of groceries and sudden hunger strikes. • Filleting a just-caught fish on the beach. • Opening a can of beans while camping, among dozens and dozens of other camping tasks. • Spying a field full of wild fennel while on a car ride through the country and jumping out for a quick harvest. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I do not currently have a pocketknife. This is a somewhat traumatic situation for me, so I did a little vicarious shopping on the internets and came up with this small selection. • Pattada Shepherd's Knife from Orvis, $79 • Japanese Folding Knife from Best Made, $60 (currently on backorder) • Limited-Edition Case Canoe Knife from Orvis, $129.00 • Opinel No 9 Carbon Steel Folding Knife from Opinel, $12.95 • Single Blade Pocket Knife from Cooper-Hewitt, $99 • Hand-Made German Anchor Knife from Garrett Wade, $39.70 • Buck 110 Folding Knife from Amazon, $30.98 Related: Weekend Meditation: The Romantic Notion of a Pocketknife
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