For 150 years, Samuel Stanforth has manufactured reliable, high-calibre knives in the historic centre of Britain’s cutlery industry. Every knife in this exclusive range for Borough Kitchen includes a fully forged French-style blade, which is thinner and lighter than its German counterpart. This makes it easier to lift the blade off a board—ideal for the forward-back motion of cutting—while still being sturdy enough to withstand friction with tough surfaces like bones, a result of expertly-crafted steel that is quick to sharpen (with a pull-through sharpener or whetstone) and retains its edge well. The blade’s edge curves closer to the tip, which helps ingredients spread less during cutting; this is useful when you are preparing lots of ingredients on one board or using a smaller cutting board. Staniforth polished the blade for us so ingredients are less likely to stick to the sides, too. The hard-wearing, sustainably-sourced rosewood handle, which is slightly aromatic and becomes a deeper brown colour with use, is secured with brass rivets for a beautiful aesthetic. This chef’s knife will easily become the most reached-for in your kitchen, as it can do anything from thickly slicing meat to chiffonading herbs.
Why we love it
‘This range from Samuel Staniforth is an excellent introduction to using high-quality knives that are fully forged. I like that they are lighter than German knives but more low-maintenance than Japanese knives.’
About The Brand
Established in 1864, Samuel Stanforth is a big part of Sheffield’s rich history of manufacturing cutlery, which dates back to medieval times and is where stainless steel was first discovered. All their knives carry a bull emblem to represent reliability and high-quality. Their knives are the result of heavy market research, with assistance of butchers and caterers in many countries of the world. As home cooks, we collaborated with them on a series that is lighter in weight than standard German knives, with durable stainless steel blades and beautiful rosewood handles.Shop Samuel Staniforth