GLOBAL INNOVATION AWARDS (GIA) FINALIST - KITCHEN HAND TOOLS + CUTLERY CATEGORY
The Louis kitchen knife series is the latest creation of 13th generation knife maker Tarrerias-Bonjean. It was designed, developed and crafted in Thiers, considered the cradle of French cutlery since the reign of Louis XIV. This series illustrates Tarrerias-Bonjean’s desire to create a series of high-end kitchen knives that remain perfectly suited for everyday use.
The last decade has seen a trend of knife manufacturers continuously boosting steel hardness and carbon content in alloy composition. Although in theory it might seem like a good idea to increase the edge retention, in reality it usually produces significant drawbacks, making lots of knives unfit for everyday use. On one hand, carbon steel is highly prone to rust and makes blades subject to discoloration, patina and even corrosion. On the other hand, blades hardened above 58HRC on the Hardness Rockwell Scale tend to be much more brittle and
extremely hard, near impossible for owners to re-sharpen at home. It clashes with modern expectations of a good kitchen knife which should be sharp naturally, but also durable and easy to maintain and re-sharpen in all circumstances, without access to a workshop or power tools. While most steels used for high-end kitchen cutlery (VG10, Cromova, X50CrMoV15, etc...) are quality alloys, they're not necessarily the best suited for everyday kitchen knives which require to be:
• highly resistant to corrosion
• easily re-sharpened
• tough enough to prevent the blade from chipping, and cracking under impact or stress.
Louis knives are made of a proprietary high carbon stainless steel alloy called Nitrox®, that was developed jointly by Tarrerias-Bonjean and steel maker ArcelorMittal. Nitrox® on the
other hand is a perfect option for daily kitchen knives as it is able to meet all these requirements. With a Chromium content of 16% it offers the best resistance to corrosion availab