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2012 Best in Category: Cutlery

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Robert Welch Co.

Robert Welch Signature Range

Where cutlery is concerned, there are many different types of knives. There are Asian style knives and European style knives. And then there are Robert Welch Signature knives, which blend the two technologies and offer up a hybrid cutlery collection that, according to the company, offers the best of both worlds. According to the judges at HOMEWORLD BUSINESS's 2012 Housewares Design Awards, the Robert Welch knives have something special, and now they have a Best in Category, Cutlery Award as well.

Robert Welch's Signature Knives combine European and Asian cutting-edge technologies. A 15-degree edge angle on German stainless steel gives the knives sharpness and edge retention and each blade is uniquely curved to optimize the cutting action for its function. An Oak Step Block incorporates hidden magnets to protect the blade edges and an integrated and removable ceramic wheel honing device is positioned on top for knife maintenance.

"The goal was to create one of the best cutlery knives in the world and we believe all the time we put in and the comparisons and testing with consumers and chefs, we have come up with a fantastic product," said Rupert Welch, managing director for the company. Designed by Paul deBretton Gordon and Welch, the company worked with professional chefs to develop the Signature knife line, which features ergonomic comfort and optimum cutting action. Each knife has been individually constructed for its specific task in food preparation and the handles and blades are set at the best angle to minimize fatigue.

"The knives are designed to be comfortable so the user can have the pleasure of using a knife and not getting fatigued." Welch said.

DeBretton Gordon added that what makes the range unique is "its attention to detail, with the best materials, best manufacturers and best design."

For example, each blade is honed and tempered to razor sharpness using World Edge Geometry inspired by master sword craftsmen from Japan, producing a precision blade edge for effortless cutting and slicing. In addition, they are fully forged and robotically engineered, manufactured from German DIN 1.4116 stainless steel and hardened to Rockwell 55-56. Robert Welch knives also feature a full tang and the handles are made from Dupont material and molded precisely onto the full tang. Robotic technology ensures that each handle matches perfectly and all joints and surfaces are carefully finished to prevent the risk of food particles being trapped.

The full range of the Robert Welch cutlery line includes 19 knives, two carving forks, a sharpening steel and a hand-held knife sharpener.

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