From small Pips Apples do grow
Whether you’re a parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent or god parent there are few things more enjoyable in life than spending time in the kitchen cooking with your favourite small person.
Cornish development chef, author and sustainability expert – not to mention father of three – James Strawbridge also agreed and during the course of various conversations (of which, more to come later this year) the idea of a parent and junior knife pair took shape.
The idea of making a knife specifically to be used by a child may seem controversial, but if we’re to encourage a love of cooking from an early age then surely the safest way to do this is by equipping our children with tools sized appropriately for them to learn to use safely. And the adage that a sharp knife is a safe knife applies equally regardless of whether you’re eight or eighty – so teaching a young person to use a sharp knife in the correct way right from the start and under adult supervision seems eminently sensible.
It therefore made appropriate sense for us to start off the design process for the pair by focusing our attention on our junior chef knife first. To make sure we nailed the design, James enlisted the help of his eight year old daughter Pippin – an enthusiastic cook and the perfect person to offer advice on both design and appearance and to test the finished knife to make sure it stood up to expectations.
Our curvy and petite G&T Slicer was the starting point for the design of our eponymous Pip – its blade lending itself perfectly to slicing the trickiest of spherical food stuffs and with plenty of all important knuckle clearance, especially important when small hands are involved. We shortened the blade to make it more of a manageable size, with a pronounced snub-nose appearance and a rounded heel. We made the handle smaller and thinner with a flat profile to encourage a good grip and keep fingers well away from the cutting edge – there’s plenty of time later on for your junior chef to switch to a pinch grip without introducing avoidable risk at this stage!
Having spent the weekend cooking alongside Mum Holly to test out her prototype blade, Pip’s feedback was unequivocal:
“I loved the handle and I really like how the knife had a blade that was shaped. It was really interesting. I liked how graceful it felt when I was cutting. It felt nice when I was cutting. It felt really safe. I enjoyed the handle and like the colours. It looks really pretty. I enjoyed the design process making the style with daddy of the handle and doing lots of things when drawing the first picture. It should be for eight year olds up.”
With the enduring appeal of using something ‘just like the grownups use’, it was only fitting that we use the design of Pippin’s knife to inspire the design of the larger but still compactly proportioned Apple. A slightly longer blade and leaner proportions, together with a medium sized handle based on that of our Classic Chef make this an ideal tackle-most-things-in-the-kitchen knife for even the most diminutive of chefs. It shares the same flat handle as our Pip, meaning an easy migration as your junior chef grows into being able to safely manage a larger blade – and the choice of Mint Julep Durat for both handles was informed not only by the low maintenance and comfortable grip it provides and the playful colour options available but – especially important given James’ and Pippin’s commitment to sustainability – the fact that Durat is made from recycled post-industrial waste and is, in itself also recyclable.
Our Apple & Pip Pair can be engraved with anything you like making them a wonderful gift if you’d really like to treat your budding Nigel or Nigella to their very first proper chef’s knife so you can both enjoy spending some quality time together in the kitchen and help them learn some valuable life skills along the way.
As with every Savernake, the Apple & Pip Pair features our trademark concave blade, expertly blended into a tapering convex cutting edge. The blade’s concavity allows the knife to have both a sturdy spine and a cutting edge best measured in microns. It also removes excess weight and encumbrance from the side of the blade and is – in short – the business.
- Perfectly proportioned junior chef's knife
- Matching adult-sized all-round chef's knife
- Helps teach supervised knife skills safely
- Enjoy spending time together in the kitchen
Covid 19 Update
To ensure the safety and well being of our small team of knife makers we have implemented additional measures in our workshop to enable us to continue to make custom knives and accessories. The need for us to minimise the number of people in any one area of the workshop at any given time – plus ensuring all knives are sanitised prior to posting – means that our average lead time is currently around 4 to 6 weeks.
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