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The solid construction and tactile feel of David Mellor cutlery is transformative for heavy-duty jobs like carving a holiday turkey. The carving knife in this set in particular feels exceptionally balanced in the hand despite the long blade, which is ideal for cutting larger portions—the arced handle swells to the bottom end to fill the palm for a secure grip, and the acetal resin material feels smooth to the touch. The set's carving fork is a perfect complement to the knife, with two fine-pointed prongs that are great for piercing crispy skins or thick roasts. We like that the steel is especially thick and rigid, so the fork's extra-long tines won't bend when you use it to anchor or serve meat. The pieces in David Mellor's Black Handle series are made from high-carbon stainless steel using a special ice-hardening process, which results in strong, durable tools that will stay sharp over time. This set also comes in a beautiful birchwood box with a sliding lid, for easy and safe storage.
The late David Mellor was one of the biggest influences of mid-century British design, with the high distinction of Royal Designer for Industry. In addition to architecting Britain's traffic light system and bus shelters, Mellor had a passion for metalwork and designed iconic flatware from the 1950s until his retirement in 2005. The company—now run by David Mellor's son, Corin Mellor—is known for combining a classic, modern aesthetic with the latest manufacturing technology to produce knives that are built to last.
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