These Hand-Forged Kitchen Knives Are Works of Rural Art

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The world is not lacking for inexpensive kitchen knife sets—they've long been a staple of late-night infomercials and homeware bargain bins alike—but top-quality cutlery is much harder to come by. These blades from Chelsea Miller Knives offer a rare mix of artful simplicity and rugged sturdiness equally at home in New York City or rural Vermont.

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In fact, these knives are made in both places, as well. Chelsea Miller Knives operates out of Brooklyn as well as Peacham, VT. "Every piece is unique and made entirely by me," Miller writes on her site."They reflect the complexity and simplicity of hard work and playful spirit."

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As such, the blades are hand-forged, high carbon steel recycled from discarded horseshoe files. Many of her knives retain the rasping edge of these files in their new roles as kitchen cutlery. The handles are all constructed from locally sourced materials collected from her family farm including Apple, Spalted Maple, and Cherry wood.

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The blades range in function from standard chef's sets to delicate cheese knives, chopsticks, and even wooden blades. Tools of this caliber don't come cheap, though—prices start around $100 and quickly escalate to the $300-$450 range for larger implements. That seems reasonable for a blade that is sure to last far longer than anything RonCo sells. [Chelsea Miller Knives via NYT]

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Love the hardwood handles! We just completed making a tanto with some Rosewood given to us by a professional guitar-maker buddy. Hope to have the DIY article done next week....but here are a few pics of the finished item: