The last time this phenomenon happened to me was last Saturday afternoon when I was able to use my new knife for the first time.
I was doing my food prep, and it was time to cut the cabbage. I hate cutting the cabbage.
It’s the one thing that I do almost every week. It almost always ends up with my index finger hurting, and a blister well on its way to forming.
As I do a lot of cutting, I’ve grown to dread food prep days. More than that, I’ve thrown money at this problem.
Over the years, I’ve spent hundreds of pounds on getting a knife that was workable. I’m not a professional chef, so I have an upper limit of about £50-75 for a single knife. Additionally, if I’m spending that much, it better be a knife that sees a lot of use.
The Santoku knife is one that I use in almost every dish, so is one I’m happy to spend money on. It’s also the one that invariably blisters my finger.
When I was shopping after I had met my personal trainer, I noticed a new knife in the utensils section of Tesco. No, I had no reason to be looking there, but I like shiny kitchen gadgets. It was a member of Tesco’s Go Cook range of equipment.
But it looked different.
The blade shimmered, and it had a wooden handle. How could I not be drawn to it?
I picked up the knife and inspected the packaging. “Damascus Santoku Knife”, it proclaimed. I glanced at the price, and it was £40.
It was within my budget, so I read the blurb. Japanese folded steel blade (folded 67 times to be accurate!) with a walnut handle.
Why not, I thought, and added it to my basket.
As a bonus, when I checked out, the price was £35 (which is the same as the online price). Even better!
Back to the food prep. It was cabbage time. I retrieved the cabbage from my fridge, plonked it on the cutting board, and then extricated the knife from the packaging.
It felt good in my hand. I’ve had other knives that felt good in the hand when they weren’t actually doing anything.
I took a hold of the cabbage and rotated it so I could slice it in half down the stem.
The knife slid through the cabbage as if it weren’t even there.
I felt no pressure at the blister point of my index finger.
That was a revelation. I felt nothing as far as any push back on my index finger goes. The knife was comfortable in my hand and slid through the cabbage without any real resistance at all.
I’ve had new knives that didn’t feel as good on the first cut.
I carried on cutting and the cabbage was duly shredded in no time at all. The knife felt wonderful in my hand and I was even looking for something else I could prep.
Just to be sure it wasn’t a fluke, you understand?
I grabbed my parsley pots, and finely chopped what was there. It wasn’t a fluke!
This was a wonderful experience. I had lowered expectations from several knives over the years that really didn’t live up to their advertising.
I am delighted with this knife and this entire blog post is me shouting out how delighted I am to the world!
That’s the experience I aim to give people with Guru in Your Pocket, the new service I offer.
I want the business owners who sign up to be delighted with what they get. I want them to know that they can offload the tech tasks they don’t really want to deal with, so that they can focus on what really makes the difference in their business.
Places are strictly limited. I want to help my clients grow to the point where they let me go because they are ready to hire a full time employee to do this stuff.
Once I fill the seats for Guru in Your Pocket, I will only open them on a single seat basis when a client leaves.
If I’m doing my job well, that’ll be when someone outgrows my service. In that case, I’ll have emphatically done what I set out to do.