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Redefining kitchenware essentials, starting with one extraordinary knife. Premium materials, thoughtful design and honest pricing.
Redefining kitchen essentials, starting with one amazing knife. Premium materials, thoughtful design and an honest price.
Redefining kitchen essentials, starting with one amazing knife. Premium materials, thoughtful design and an honest price.
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One Knife to Upgrade your Entire Kitchen

Quality kitchen tools are vital for a better cooking experience. They allow you to be more creative & versatile in the kitchen, help produce better quality food, and if well-made should last a lifetime.

A good Chef’s Knife is the single most important tool in any kitchen. From mincing garlic to breaking down meats, it’s the workhorse behind virtually every great dish. There's an almost indescribable joy to effortlessly slicing through foods with a razor-sharp blade.

But between confusing, unexplained features and needlessly expensive price tags, finding the perfect blade can be difficult. That didn’t seem right to us, so we spent the last 18 months making something better.

An amazing knife at an honest price.

What Makes a Great Knife?

Great knives do two things very well: feel good in your hand and hold a sharp edge. But behind these deceptively simple concepts are centuries of tradition, technology, design and craft.

We went through dozens of prototypes to create a handle that not only provides comfort for every hand, but also encourages a proper grip for better control. To ensure true sharpness, we experimented with various blade shapes and high-carbon steels until we found the right match.

An Honest Price

Most knives cost so much because of traditional retail markups. You’d be shocked to know how little many well-known “premium” knives actually cost to make.

By partnering closely with our factories and selling directly to you online, we’re able to offer an incredible knife at wholesale pricing. Better materials, lower price. Save your cabbage for the cutting board!

Our Knife

How We Got Here

Hundreds of sketches. Dozens of prototypes. Countless tomatoes, onions and carrots cut (but none wasted!). The last 18 months have been spent building, testing, learning and improving.

Where We Are

We have a knife design that has been heavily tested and refined at every step along the way. We have partnered with craftspeople, factories and raw material suppliers across the world and built a strong supply chain network. We are ready to go!

What We Need

We need your help to raise $25,000 in order to fund the first production run of the Misen Chef's Knife. More specifically, this money will go towards the initial custom molding, raw materials and skilled labor required to make our knives.

Timeline

Note on the above timeline:

When we launched this campaign, our original timeline had production ending February, and delivery slated for March 2016. Due to the increased volume of knives that now need to be made, we updated our timeline as consistent with Update #3 that was sent to backers (please read the full update for more information).

We thought it prudent to add a buffer of one to two months (April - May) to account for the unknown. Why? Because we'd rather ship a great knife slightly later than an average knife on time. Thank you so much in advance for your understanding.

Who We Are

We're a team of passionate cooks, designers and operators that love great food and well-made objects. We have extensive experience bringing products to market and operating companies both large and small.

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk to our project is timing.

We have our supply chain partners ready and able to help us manufacture our knives, but unforeseen bumps can happen along the way. If and when issues arise, we'll communicate them as timely and openly as possible so you never feel left in the dark!

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