The unique "East/West" blade design of Füri Pro Coppertail knives combines the sharpness and scalloping of a Santoku with the thinness and curved edge of a chef's knife. The result is cutlery that is superb for straight slicing without sticking but that still works into a great rocking motion for speedy mincing or chopping. Not to mention that Coppertail knives are the cutlery of choice for cookbook author and Food Network host Rachael Ray, who has a great deal of clout with home chefs.
This box set packs two Coppertail cook's knife/vegetable chopper knives. The first has a 5-inch blade for handling smaller fare, such as halving cherry tomatoes or slicing mushrooms. The longer 7-inch blade is ideal for bigger jobs, such as chiffonading spinach or slicing large tomatoes. Knives are made of a single piece of high-carbon Japanese stainless-steel alloy so there are no gaps where food particles can get caught and no plastic pieces or rivets that can potentially fall off over time. The strength of this steel allows for an extremely sharp cutting edge that requires minimal maintenance to keep its sharpness.
The ergonomically shaped handles on this cutlery feel lightweight yet properly balanced and provide a comfortable grip through hours of cooking. Handles are curved but have wedge-shaped angles on the top and bottom to reduce the amount of squeezing and hand strain and to prevent slipping when hands are wet or oily. Additionally, these knives have a notch just beyond the bolster that comfortably cradles the index finger and are the only brand with a counterbalancing copper insert at the ends to maintain the ideal weight between handle and blade. After years of sharpenings, the blade can lose a great deal of metal, which throws off the balance of the blade. The copper insert can be honed down to reduce handle weight and restore the proper balance.
These two knives come in a gorgeous bamboo wood gift/storage box with sturdy metal hinges and a magnetic closure on the front. Engineered in Australia and manufactured in China, Füri Pro cutlery is covered by a limited lifetime warranty. --Cristina Vaamonde
Bamboo gift box containing 1 x 7" Coppertail kitchen knife and 1 x 5" Coppertail kitchen knife. A cross between a cooks knife and a vegetable chopper the Furi RR Coppertail knives have very thin blades with an exceptionally sharp cutting edge that slices through vegetables and meats with more ease then the thicker cooks knife. The scalloped edges reduce friction to make slicing easier.