while staying here in omakau i discovered there was a bespoke knife maker here, peter latimer makes superb chefs knives on order for chefs in NZ and internationally, he has his workshop in the village of omakau and i went down and chatted to him about knives in front of his forge.
after some discussion i ordered a 20cm chefs knife and a herb knife he makes.
the chefs knife has a handle made from recycled puka and the herb knife’s is made from kowhai.
while they are not cheap, they are a work of art, with hand forged blades from austrian D2 steel and handles made from local timber.
their balance is amazing, i have been using the chefs knife this week and its an absolute pleasure to use, holds a great edge and just sits in my hand so well. i have been cooking dishes that require lots of chopping just so I can use them!
his website is HERE