Uncluttered admiration: Deglon’s Meeting Knife Set

The Deglon knife company in France and Belgian designer Mia Schmallenbach have brought to market one of the coolest and uncluttered kitchen products I’ve ever seen:

Deglon’s “Meeting Knife Set” is outrageously expensive (more than $1,000 for the metal base and more than $500 for the wood base), so I’m not recommending anyone run out and buy them. Rather, just take a moment to admire their nesting and organized beauty.

Le sigh.

20 Comments for “Uncluttered admiration: Deglon’s Meeting Knife Set”

  1. posted by Adam on

    So how do you pick them up? The ones in the middle look unreachable.

  2. posted by Sandman on

    The outer one has the blade shape of a chef’s and the design of a bread knife without the serrations. I would say it’s almost useless.

    Also I would think the chef’s knife would be kind of flimsy without a middle, and things would get caught in the hollow portion.

    I guess the big paring knife would be ok, but still no middle of the blade might make cutting awkward.

    The small paring knife’s handle looks to small to be comfortable.

    I would say this set is more about kitchen decoration rather than actually cooking.

  3. posted by Amy on

    Isn’t there a knife block made that fits into a drawer? I think I saw one advertised somewhere.

  4. posted by Sandman on

    For some reason my brain rebels at looking at the second photo. I have to work to see it as a three D object rather than carved into the surface.

  5. posted by Jason on

    In terms of space, I think my regular cheapo knives in a wood block takes up as little space as these when set vertically. As art, it’s pretty; as a solution to cutting back clutter — not so much.

  6. posted by Kathryn Fenner on

    The bottom knife is a carving knife–the thinner blade is slightly flexible to get in between joints on a bird and slice very thinly. Depending on the rigidity of the metal, I agree that the next one up might be too flexible with the hole in the middle to function well as a chef’s knife, and I might have just taken out the small paring knife (I only use a small paring knife, large chef’s knife, carving knife, and a serrated bread knife). I think the decision to take three knives out was more aesthetic than functional.
    Nice concept!

  7. posted by Anita on

    This looked nice to me, but then I don’t exactly know much about knives. I have 2 that I use on a regular basis, and that’s enough.

    But I did forward this to my boyfriend who loves to cook and aspires to be a chef. His comment:

    “It looks pretty… but any knife with a space in the middle is asking for trouble cutting larger items. It doesn’t seem very practical in my opinion. The handles for the carver as well as the paring knife also look uncomfortable, with very little grip.”

  8. posted by Reader on

    It’s attractive, but as someone else has said, the old vertical woodblock knife holder takes up less space, holds many more knives (I think ours holds at least 20) and isn’t limited to a specific knife.

    I also would want to know something about the quality of the knives. The MOMA collection has lots of beautiful objects that aren’t truly functional.

    I would have thought this would be a candidate for the Wednesday column.

  9. posted by Rue on

    Artistically speaking, they’re gorgeous. Functionally speaking, who knows…but I’ll join you in staring at their gorgeousness!!

  10. posted by WilliamB on

    They’re gorgeous!

    I’m not sure they’re practical.

    I will assume, for the sake of argument, that the reason they cost more than my rent is whatever it takes to make the holey knives sturdy. Because if they’re not sturdy then all bets are off.
    – The handles look more artistic than comfortable, especially the paring knife.
    – Are the knives sharpenable?
    – How hard is it to remove a specific knive from the assembled set? I know that spending more than a fraction of a second would drive me nuts.
    – The cut food will fall through the holes, how much would this mess up my cooking? They’re not workable if you want to make pretty piles of cut food, such as half an apple in a small tarte. Would it make it harder to cut bread, meat, cheese?
    – Where are the rest of the knives I want? The set contains my minimum of chef’s and paring, but what about steak knives, granton slicer, bread knife? If I need a block for these I might as well but the rest of my knives in the block as well.

    @Sandman: I have the same problem with the pix.

  11. posted by Emily on

    Knowing me, I would probably sever an artery trying to get one out. I think I’ll keep my magnetic strip.

  12. posted by Kathryn on

    It’s not uncluttered if you have to keep a separate tool on hand to smash your garlic cloves with.

  13. posted by arvin on

    You’re better off just getting one really good chef’s knife that would be able to handle most of your needs.

  14. posted by Amy on

    I would never buy them, but they are beautiful.

    For laughs, I would love to see this re-posted some Wednesday and see the critiques sway from against these knives to their defense! Just as an experiment.

  15. posted by klutzgrrl on

    beautiful lines. elegant.

  16. posted by Shang Lee on

    This is just beautiful…

  17. posted by Leah on

    I use a magnetic strip too, and I just use three knives on a regular basis: bread knife, chef’s knife, paring knife.

    This is certainly beautiful . . . but not for me at pretty much any price point.

  18. posted by Jeni on

    Ugh. That’s a set of knives that would be impossible to hold properly, by pinching the blade right above the bolster (see: Google Images), not to mention incredibly difficult to hone. It doesn’t say “good design” to me; it says “overly priced safety hazard.”

    Me, I’ll stick to my restaurant supply knives and magnetic strip. They’ve served me well for years and will continue to serve me well.

  19. posted by mydivabydesign - The Diva's Home on

    It does look like a really expensive kitchen decoration! They are nice to look at,though the handles when separated look uncomfortable to hold. I like the old beat up knives that I have in my kitchen. I know they work and instead of being pristine, they look well used and have patina. Don’t decorator’s love patina?

  20. posted by jimjfletcher on

    Very pretty, but with the gigantic hole in the middle, I worry that the chef’s knife lacks sufficient mass to be practical for more than the lightest of tasks.

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