Miyabi Artisan SG2 chef's knife.

With a blade made from ice-hardened, hand-hammered steel and a handle of rose-red pakkawood, the Miyabi Artisan SG2 Chef's Knife is a fine tool for any chef, minor-leaguer or Michelin starred. Its sword-sharp edge makes quick work of any fare that needs to be sliced, diced, or deboned, and its delicate balance yet hefty build make it simple to control. Not bad on the eyes, either. [$140; surlatable.com]