The Cheese Knife
What’s wrong with this picture? It says it’s a knife, but it’s made of plastic. And real knives are made of steel (and ceramics), right? Can this really be ‘THE’ Cheese Knife, to the exclusion of all others? Maybe not. Was I skeptical? Yes. But this IS a Cool Tool. Seriously.
The beauty of The Cheese Knife is that it cuts through soft cheese - or other soft food - without sticking: other knives require wiping after each cut, in order to assure that the next slice isn’t ‘broken’ by the residual coating left from the previous slice. The Cheese Knife is different. It has a ‘drafted’ blade: really a series of tapered v-shaped bevels - each ever-so-slightly wider than the next. Shaped sorta like an airplane wing, except that you’re cutting cheese with the back end: not cutting air with the front end. And these tapers release the product as the blade cuts through it. Too much science? OK. And probably not well-articulated. But I thought that’s the best way to try to explain why The Cheese Knife works so well! When you get one, you’ll see what we mean.
We used The Cheese Knife a lot last summer on mozzarella - to prepare a small dice (1/4”) or even a brunoise (1/8”) to sprinkle over fresh tomatoes or on top of pasta. It slices burrata into beautiful small creamy bites and works really nicely for thin slices of Brie and other triple creme cheeses. And it does very clean work slicing hard-cooked eggs so you can easily make all those Deviled Eggs next summer!
The Cheese Knife was developed in the early 1940s to cut Velveeta - the designer/inventor’s favorite cheese product of that era - but it clearly belongs on any cheese plate.
This is a beautiful example of mid-20th Century American industrial design, with a clean functional purpose, and it works really well. It’s still Made in the USA. And the price is right. It's also available in a larger size to cut blocks of cheese.
So it won’t take long for The Cheese Knife to earn its place in your knife drawer, with its steely cousins. Enjoy!
- 7¾” long
- Made in USA
- GE Ultem® Resin - FDA Approved
- Heat Resistant to 430⁰F/221⁰C
- Dishwasher Safe