20 Cooks, 20 Knives: This month, we're taking a close look at a chef's most important tool: her knife. We asked 20 cooks, amateurs and professionals, to share their favorite knives and the stories behind them. While chef's knives featured are prominently, no two are exactly alike, and there are also a few surprises.
Profession: Creative Director, Photographer
As a photographer and creative director, Athena often has a busy and varied schedule to contend with. She needs a reliable yet affordable knife that can help feed her family of four in a pinch, or keep her company when cooking those rushed solo dinners. Athena also owns a more expensive chef's knife gifted by her former-chef sister, but greatly prefers this IKEA workhorse.
What is your go-to knife? It's a six-inch "vegetable knife" from IKEA.
How long have you had it? About a year.
Why did you choose it? I needed a new knife and we were at IKEA. It was really inexpensive so I thought, why not?
Where did you buy it and how much did it cost? IKEA. $16.99. A total steal!
Do you sharpen it yourself or pay to get it sharpened? I bring all of my knives to a local grocery store to have them sharpened. They do a phenomenal job.
Where do you keep it? In a knife tray in the utility drawer of my kitchen. I am still eyeing a magnetic knife strip, but I have yet to convince the hubby of its merits.
Are you possessive about your knife? Is anyone else allowed to use it? Yes and yes. I love it, so don't break it or misuse it, but use it — it's wonderful!
Does your knife have a name? Haha no, but maybe it should!
What's the last thing that you made really well (using your knife)? I recently signed up for Blue Apron and have been making my BA dishes with the knife. It's such a great workhorse and can do almost all of my cutting. Last night I made lamb and beef piperade with garlic rice. It was divine.