Top quality and premium design: kitchen knives from France
French premium knives are highly esteemed among the conoisseurs of fine cooking, and that's why many of them prize top-quality knives by Au Nain Couteliers from the town of Thiers, France.
With the range "Prince-Gastronome", the long-established company Au Nain offers professional knives with downright royal aesthetics that reflect the "savoir-faire" of their excellent craftsmen. People who like to use copper cookware such as the products of BAUMALU and de Buyer will find these knives with their brass bolsters and rivets and palisander handles rather beautiful and fitting with the aesthetics of their kitchen. These knives should never be washed in a dishwasher - the best way to maintain them is to wash them the good old-fashioned way, i.e. by hand, and then to dry them thoroughly.
"Prince-Gastronome" by Au Nain: sharp blades in all shapes and sizes
*Paring knife (10cm)
The short versatile knife, also known as the garnishing knife, is irreplaceable in the kitchen. Its pointym sharp blade is perfect for larding a roast or a gigot. It peels thick-skinned vegetables such as turnips and turns garnishing vegetables into small pieces of art.
Total length: 21cm. Weight: 80g.
*Steak knife (11cm)
Classic in design and precise when cutting: the steak knife never fails to impress. Be it entrecôte du chef or crispy lamb cutlets, with the steak knives "Prince-Gastronome" any cooked meat will cut itself in clean, neat pieces. In many households, such knives have already started to replace the more conventional dinner knives. These exquisite steak knives come in a set of six in a matching wooden case - an great idea for a gift.
Total length: 22cm. Weight: 60g.
*Filleting knife (20cm)
The French call it "filet de sole", the Germans "Filetiermesser": as the name suggests, this knife is ideal for filleting fish as well as meat. No matter what kind: this sleek filleting knife slices it raw or cooked as thinly as you like.
Total length: 27cm. Weight: 75g.
*Boning knife (13cm)
The name of this irreplaceable kitchen knife may sound rather warlike to some, rather silly to others, but one thing remains true no matter what: the "couteau á dèsosser" makes short work of raw meat, separating it from bones, hard tendons and rinds. In many a professional kitchen, such knives are seen as standard equipment. However, they are no strangers to many household kitchens either.
Total length: 24cm. Weight: 80g.
*Chef's knife (15, 20, and 25cm)
Not only the professionals prize these practical knives: they are just as esteemed by amateur cooks. Those who are only just starting to identify as cooking aficionados should get at least one extremely versatile chef's knife from Au Nain Couteliers.
Total length: 27, 32, and 38cm. Weight: 130, 150, and 220g, respectively.
*Carving knife (20cm)
As the tradition goes, it is the head of the household's duty to carve the meat at the festive table. Proper carving requires some skill, as well as the proper, high-quality tools, such as this carving knife.
Total length: 32cm. Weight: 120g.
*Bread knife (20cm)
This noble "couteau à pain" deals with large breadloaves and hard rye bread, spongy bread or farmhouse bread with equal ease. Its powerful serrated blade slices bread into appetising slices of desired thickness without crubling the loaf.
Total length: 32cm. Weight: 110g.
With this giant of a meatfork, you will have no trouble lifting a whole rump of prime boiled beef out of the broth or skewering a whole pork leg for better slicing.
Total length: 33cm.
*Meat fork and Chef's knife
The meat fork and the chef's knife together form a harmonious and long-lasting pair of utensils suitable for performing a variety of tasks in the kitchen as well as at the table. This exquisite duo, together with a matching case, is also a neat idea for a wedding gift.
Read up on Au Nain and their magnificent knives:
Au Nain - Coutellerie professionnelle
The kitchen: a place of functionality and creativity
Au Nain invites you to the table
Interesting facts about iron, cast iron and steel