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Edge of Belgravia Arondight Knives

As any decent home cook will tell you, no kitchen is complete without a good set of knives. Whether you're chopping, slicing, or carving, you need the right tools to get the job done. Confession: I've been existing in my kitchen for the last few years without those necessary tools. I once had a nice set of knives, but they were destroyed during a move; since then, I've basically used my one really good chef's knife (gifted by a friend) and a variety of paring knives for everything (and yes, my poor bread always left something to be desired after being attacked by a paring knife!). So when the fine folks at London-based knife company Edge of Belgravia offer me the chance to test their new Arondight line, I knew it was finally time to say good knife and sweet dreams to my old way of doing things!
Named after Sir Lancelot’s sword, the seven-pieces all steel Arondight set ($175) includes everything you need to chop, slice, and dice your way through your kitchen (including my much-needed bread knife!):

Paring Knife: This 10 cm small paring knife is perfect for detailed tasks, such as peeling a lemon for the dry martini twist or slicing a strawberry for the cake.
Deba Knife: This 12.5 cm combination knife takes its inspiration from Japanese knives (the edge is ground only on one side for a clean cut) and is perfect for slicing cured salmon, tuna steak, sushi, or even lemons and peppers.
Fish Filleting Knife: This 15 cm filleting knife has a slightly flexible blade and is meant to be the ultimate tool for filleting and boning.
Steak Knife: This 15 cm steak knife includes large serrations on the blade guarantee a terriļ¬c steak cut each time.
Chef Knife (2): The Arondight set includes two versions of this knife (15 cm and 19 cm). While both knives are meant to act as an all-purpose means of dicing, slicing, chopping and mincing, the 19 cm version is designed for the largest vegetables and cuts of meat. 
Bread Knife: This 19 cm serrated bread knife comes in an extended in length to ensure the perfect bread slice, no matter what size.
Precision Slicing Knife: This 19 cm slicing knife has a series of alternating scallops on both sides of the blade (meant to reduce the drag on the knife) and is perfect for paper-thin slices. 

Right out of the box, the knives are razor-sharp and ready to go (which isn't always the case with more affordable knife lines); I used the knives for several months and was pleased to find they maintained their sharpness and continued to perform with very little drag. Even better, the knives are all extremely lightweight and easy to maneuver. For someone who has small hands (seriously, my hands are the size of your average ten-year-old), it's not always easy to find knives that feel natural and are comfortable to hold.

Plus, this is one nice looking set!

Speaking of nice looking, Edge of Belgravia also offers a modern way to store their knives. Not only is the Black Diamond Knife Block functional, but it's also cool and artsy (no more clunky/boring wooden blocks!). Designed for maximum flexibility, the angular float knife block can fit up to 11 knives.

The open design makes it look like a small piece of sculpture and it also it lets you see the blades inside, making it easy to tell what type of knife you're grabbing.

If you want to put your knives to the test, these easy to make and delicious lunch toasts are a perfect way to start!

Fresh pumpernickel bread with chive and onion cream cheese, cherry tomatoes, and Trader Joes' Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend

Fresh pumpernickel bread with feta, cucumbers, green onions, and za'atar seasoning

Regardless of your skills in the kitchen, if you’re looking for a set of knives that isn't obscenely expensive, but is still high quality, I highly recommend the Edge of Belgravia Arondight line. Sharp, comfortable to hold, and attractive, these knives will cover everything you need to chop, slice, and dice in your kitchen!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary product to facilitate this post. Review and all opinions are my own.

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