Star French chef opts for Japanese cutting edge

17th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

TOKYO, March 17 (AFP) - French celebrity chef Michel Bras has teamed up with a blade maker in Japan's historic sword making city to produce a set of six high-end knives for cooks and diners alike.

TOKYO, March 17 (AFP) - French celebrity chef Michel Bras has teamed up with a blade maker in Japan's historic sword making city to produce a set of six high-end knives for cooks and diners alike.

The knives have black wooden handgrips and are billed as cutting everything from meat to vegetables to fruits and herbs.

"A real knife never hurts what it slices," Bras, who brought the world the tastes of southwestern France's Aubrac region, said at a launch Wednesday.

"Beyond being a simple kitchen utensil, we want them to be jewels," he said.

After Japan, the knives will come out in France in May at the Bras family's Lou Mazuc restaurant in Laguiole before going on sale in the United States in September.

Bras turned for the project to the Kai company in the central Japanese city of Seki where swords were once made for samurai knights.

In modern times the town has produced blades for more daily uses. Kai began in 1908 making pocketknives, which were then unknown in Japan, and razors, before diversifying into blades for surgical and cosmetic use.

Bras has been involved with Japan in the past, in 2002 opening a restaurant on the edge of Lake Toya on the northern island of Hokkaido.

© AFP

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