Before the invention of bombs, canons, rifles, guns or even swords, knives have been a part of the human arsenal, invented by cavemen to the nifty little device is useful for multiple purposes. From hunting, to gathering, from defending oneself by doubling it as a dagger against enemies to using it to cut cheese and fruits. Now it is mostly used in the kitchen by the commoner. Unless of course you area collector of knives like Angelina Jolie or you are a knife thrower in a circus.
A kitchen isn’t complete without its collection of knives; however, the knives we are going to talk about here are not a part of any normal kitchen. Behold the top ten most expensive knives in the world.
List of the world’s top 10 Most expensive knives in 2017
10. Yoshihiro Mizuyaki Honyaki (price $5000)
This is every chef’s dream knife. It is an amazingly sharp slicing knife. It can be used to cut boneless fish into sashimi in one clean stroke. The knife was made by designers of the Japanese company Yoshihiro. The knife case has a beautiful phoenix on it to signify its lethality in its beauty and the Fuci Urushi lacquering technique was used to do it. The blade has patters of waves which were specially designed after its inspiration the Japanese Fuji Mountain with a full moon.
9. Lancet Ouroboros (price $5500)
The blade has been beautifully forged by hand. It is a knife with a button system. As in it you can only access the knife once you press the button. It was designed by William Henry. The covering of the knife is of 24 karat gold and even has copper layers. The knife comes in a wooden gift box which is beautiful in itself made with leather and wood. The knife has beautiful carvings of a three headed dragon and also of the company initials on it.
8. Nenohi Honyaki Dentokougeishi Sakimaru Takobiki with Corian Handle (price $6980)
This the traditional knife of Japan. The blade of this knife is made from pure flawless steel. As the name says, it also features a beautiful Corian handle. The knife is very very useful in the kitchen. Even its knife case is beautiful with pictures of cherry blossoms. The knife has been strengthened by the Wajima method and it is super sharp.
7. Black Panther Knife (price $8150)
The Black Panther Cutter is the first knife in the list which wasn’t essentially designed as a kitchen knife. It is a luxury-hunting knife, which is only available in luxury shops around the world. The knife has a lot of precious metals and gems on it with a pure steel panther head on top. The blade sheath is handcrafted from walnut wood, coupled with sterling silver. Various portions of the blade is made out of gold plates and there are a lot of fine silver filigree on the knife, which is why it can be doubled as a gift to a really close and personal male friend.
6. Gentak Makara Knife (price $12500)
The knife looks like a good old fashioned razor, but what you don’t know won’t hurt you. Even this knife is forged with Damascus steel with a button lock. It is a collectable knife and has the perfect balance between too much and too little. Like all the others on this list, this knife comes in a beautiful wooden gift box and a leather carrying case.
5. Monarch Steampunk Dragon Knife (price $18500)
This knife was created when master designer Mike Norris joined hands with William Henry. It has a perfect design. It’s plated with 24 carat gold and silver layers. The obtained result of this mix and match is really elegant. It has beautiful pictures on the knife etched on the outside. It is a collector’s knife and not one to be used in the kitchen for experimentations.
4. Spearpoint Lace Knife (price $25000)
It’s a pocket knife. It also has the one button mechanism. The knife is famous for its full grip and versatile blade which can cut anything from butter in the kitchen to the enemy’s neck. The work is so minute that even the designs on the cover were made by looking into a microscope and therefore the ‘lace design’.
3. Nesmuk Diamond Studded Knife (price $4000)
This is the first of the two items on the list made by the German knife company. It is the best knife created by the collaboration of jewellery designer Hoffman Pieper and Quentin Nel. The knife influenced by the models of knives available around 3500 years ago. The knife has a titanium coating as long with a blade of pure carbon steel and is encrusted with eight diamonds. It comes with a box that I see has a ring inside.
2. Nesmuk Jahrhundert Messer (price $100000)
The Nesmuk Jahrhundert is second in the list. It is a speciality cutlery company from Germany. But this is no ordinary kitchen knife. The knife is made from special Damascus steel with a whooping 640 layers in it. The oak wood is made of 5000 year old wood and it is further decorated with platinum with 25 precious diamonds on it. The knife comes inside an elegant piano lacquer box.
1. The Gem of the Orient (price $2.1 million)
Even though the name suggests that the knife suggest some regal oriental origin, the knife is actually made in the west USA by the craftsman, Buster Warenski from Nevada of USA. The knife was an exclusive piece and was recently auctioned in an auction for 2.1 million dollars. The knife has around 153 emeralds etched on it along with 9 diamonds. The handle is of beautifully done gold filigree with very fine patterns. The prized cuter took almost 10 years to be complete.
Even though most of these most expensive knives would be a dream of any cook, these expensive knives mostly belong in collections and showcases and who can be blamed? You wouldn’t want to rust a hundred thousand dollar knife by cutting tomatoes now, would you?