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The Leather Knife Roll Designed by a Chef

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The Leather Knife Roll Designed by a Chef

You can tell a lot about a chef from their knife roll. Unfortunately, from what we hear often, finding a high quality knife roll to protect chefs’ knives doesn’t seem like such an easy task. That’s probably why this beautiful leather knife roll has got so many chefs excited.  

Called the “perfect storage tool” by Food & Wine, the beautiful piece of kit is part of a collaboration between an award-winning chef, an artisan blacksmith and some outdoor gear craftsmen. 

“Durability, balance and comfort” were the three key attributes that chef Chris Hastings (Hot and Hot Fish Club and OvenBird) looked to incorporate in the leather knife roll, and working together with Radcliffe Menge, the founder of Tom Beckbe, Alabama-based outdoor apparel company, they came up with the perfect piece of gear for professional chefs. 

It comes in a full-grain vegetable tanned leather that is durable and elegant, and it is functional with space for 18 knives and eight additional pieces of hardware. Adjustable shoulder straps make this high quality roll bag comfortable and ergonomic. 

The key feature of the knife roll is that it is balanced – knives are placed on both sides so the blades cross over one another in opposing pockets. A three-part interior flap system and two exterior belts make sure knives are secure.

If you want to fill up your new leather knife roll with a set of equally good-looking knives - and have US$2,499 to spare - check out the limited edition chef knives also available on their website. Hastings and Menge teamed up with Will Manning, the blacksmith of Tennessee knife brand Heartwood Forge, who created the set that includes three knives - an elongated paring knife, a traditional chef’s knife and a cleaver-like knife that Menge calls the ‘Butcher’s Haste’. 


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