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The Porsche of knives, literally

F. A. Porsche--yes, that Porsche--has designed a set of knives with an impressive level of quality and a unique look.

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Putting the name Porsche on any product guarantees a certain level of quality, even if we aren't talking about sports cars. F. A. Porsche, the noted industrial designer and grandson of the founder of the Porsche line of automobiles, has created a set of kitchen knives worthy of the name. These knives are already the stuff of legend, and have been used in numerous cooking competitions.

The knives' appearance is unique: they have a double-tapered, triangular grip that fits a cook's hand better than the more traditional-style handles. The small buttons on each side of the knife add an element of control by helping cooks place their hands. Porsche's knives are made from Japanese 301 stainless steel. They're resistant to corrosion and wear and are expected to last for generations. The true value of these knives, however, is the balance and precision made possible by the unusual design.

The knives are available in five sizes: a 5-inch utility knife, a 7 3/4-inch fillet knife, an 8-inch carving knife, a 7 1/4-inch santuko knife, and a 10-inch chef's knife. They range in price from $50 to $119. A starter set of three knives- the utility, carving, and chef's knives--is available for $229. Each knife comes with a fitted storage box.