Knife Block Set
|3.25" paring knife, 7.2" long,
5.25" utility knife, 11.25" long
8" chef knife, 13.5" long,
8.75" slicer, 13.5" long
Knives nest snugly in their steel block,
High quality stainless steel construction,
Limited lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship,
Made in France
(Ships separately from other items. Allow 1-2 weeks.)
About Deglon and Mia
In 1921, Swiss-born Jean Deglon founded his knife manufacturing workshop
in Thiers, cradle of France's knife making industry. Currently run by
his grandson, the company has built up a worldwide reputation for exceptional
craftsmanship and peerless quality products.
In 2006, the French Cutlery Association, based in Thiers, organized the
5th edition of the European Cutlery Design Award, a Europe-wide competition
that encourages design students to use their creative talents to come
up with innovative knife designs. A preliminary selection was made in
Paris to select 5 winners who would see a prototype of their design produced
in the Thiers workshops.
Famed for its pioneering spirit and thirst for new challenges, the Deglon
cutlery company set its sights on Mia Schmallenbach, a young designer
studying at the National School of Visual Arts in Brussels.
After 150 hours of hard work, we unveiled the prototype;
a unique tool that perfectly embodies the designer's concept. The final
jury, held in Thiers, awarded the project first prize, in this prestigious
Mia Schmallenbach, Designer
Of German and Sri Lankan origin, Mia grew up in Indonesia and has spent
the last six years in Brussels working on a masters degree in industrial
design at the National School of Visual Arts in La Cambre. She switched
to a full design course after completing a diploma in silk-screen printing,
a natural development of her longstanding fascination with design and
the environment. Each project is a new challenge that sends a designer
on a personal voyage of discovery where they explore new universes, and
try out myriad inventive design gambits in search of a novel design that
has the power to surprise and amaze.
"The 5th edition of the European Cutlery Design Award was integrated
into our study programme and presented us with a thrilling new challenge
- design a set of kitchen knives and their block! I began with attempting
to create a 'better' knife by, for example, trying to develop
a more ergonomic handle design - the knee-jerk reflex of an inexperienced
designer who's still got everything to prove. I then decided to tackle
the problem from a different angle by looking at how I could separate
the handle from the blade, but this just proved to be another dead end.
After a lot of thinking, I suddenly had a flash of inspiration; instead
of trying to separate the knives, why not try doing the opposite and
incorporate them into one single unit? Why not try and design a set of
From Concept to Product
Staying true to the original product concept while factoring in technical
production constraints is easier said than done. The first prototype
was cut from a single block of steel by our most experienced craftsmen
and required weeks of work.
"Meeting" was born of the partnership between Deglon's trademark skills
and know-how, and the latest cutting edge technologies. This is the very
essence of the Deglon teams' strength; the ability to fashion attractive
and functional shapes from a simple block of steel, thus creating knives
that are destined to become cultural and artistic objects in their own
right. The craftsman's touch is evident everywhere in the production
of this block and is what gives it its unique character.
Use and Maintenance Advice
remove knives from the block, gently press down near the tip, and lift
by the handle.
To keep them safe and clean, wipe off food from the blade immediately
after use, before the food hardens.
We recommend that you wash them by hand in soapy water,
and to dry them carefully with a clean dishcloth. This will help keep
them bright and shiny.
To keep a perfect cutting edge, they must be
regularly maintained, using a steel as often as once a week, or more
frequently if you use them daily. Use an extra-hard steel with abrasive
grooves. Use the steel like a file, work it along the blade's whole length,
on both sides, maintaining an angle of about 20°. Using
light pressure, hone the blade carefully, removing any fine steel shavings.
Continue until you have achieved a very thin, razor-sharp cutting edge.
Wipe the steel rod and knife blade with a clean cloth or a piece of kitchen
paper after each sharpening, to remove any fine steel filings.
Limited lifetime warranty for defects arising from the materials and
workmanship, when used for their intended purpose.
"Coutelier depuis 1921"
Zone industrielle de Felet - BP 64
63307 Thiers Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (0)4 73 80 44 99
Fax: +33 (0)4 73 51 09 38
Wooden display for Deglon Meeting
by Henry Hudes