Sur La Table announced on Tuesday a new line of specialized utensils based on classic tools like the butter curler, melon baller, turning fork, and grapefruit knife.
The new line, called Things Cooks Love, consists of several dozen utensils with solid wooden handles and an old-timey style. For inspiration, the company looked for vintage kitchen tools here and abroad to find those that have withstood the test of time and remain useful, despite being highly specialized in some cases. The "tomato shark," made for expertly removing the tops of tomatoes or strawberries, was a new one to me.
All of the utensils are produced in either the U.S., France, or Italy. And they're all handmade by artisans--or even centuries-old companies--that specialize in handcrafted kitchen tools, according to a company statement. So, even though they're not cheap (it is Sur La Table we're talking about here), maybe thinking about the sixth-generation cutlery craftsman working in France will take a little of the sting out of the price of that $15 paring knife.