The Del Ben Primitive Knife was recently featured as a gift idea in Wired Magazine for its interesting design and style and this one of a kind Italian knife caught our attention for many of the same reasons that they identified.
If you’re not familiar with the company, Del Ben is an award-winning maker of kitchen knives. All of their knives are designed and hand-made in Maniago, Italy. Their products have been featured in a number of trade shows worldwide.
This particular knife has no traditional handle. Instead, the stainless steel blade is modeled after Stone Age tools, with a design that allows you to grip the back of the knife itself. The feeling of gripping the ergonomic handle of the Del Ben Knife while chopping or slicing is definitely unique and satisfying.
It also comes with a stainless steel stand to hold your knife in place when it’s not in use. Given how unique this knife looks, it might be worth displaying on a counter or shelf when it’s not in use and the included stand is perfect for this.
The knife features an 8.75 inch blade and is intended to be a general purpose kitchen knife. You can cut anything from meat, fish, vegetables, herbs, fruit and more, and the knife is washable by hand after you’re done. You can also sharpen it with a standard knife sharpener to maintain it.
Here’s a video of the knife being used to cut a few types of fish and vegetables:
The list price is $249. If you’re wondering why the Del Ben Kinfe is relatively expensive, you’re paying partially for the innovative design and style, but it’s also worth noting that the knife is crafted out of a single piece of stainless steel in Italy. You’re getting very high quality materials and careful craftsmanship for this price.
You get what you pay for with knives, and this is definitely a carefully made tool with a lot of history and thought behind the design. This would make a great gift for a chef or cooking enthusiast.