There have been many claims by many manufacturers stating that their knives never need sharpening (or boasting a decades long sharpening interval). Things that seem “too good to be true” often times are. That being said, I like innovation and experimentation, and I appreciate when a designer makes something with distinctive form. But no mater how attractive the design of a knife, if it falls short in its function,then the design is a failure for me.
From a functional point of view, the Furtif series of knives employ a laser-bonded titanium carbide coating that is incredibly tough. I have plenty of experience with carbide edged woodworking blades and bits, and the stuff has some amazing qualities. Not only is it claimed to last 4-5x longer than a ceramic knife, because the underlying substrate is steel, the knife is considerably less brittle than ceramic. And because hand use will not generate the kind of heat that machine rotation does, the edge should last considerably longer than bare steel anyway.
Style wise, these knives definitely have a unique look. Furtif translates to “stealth” and it seems to be an apt description. The dark grey color of the carbide pairs with the angularity of the handle to give the knives an ultra-modern look that would compliment many designer home kitchens. Apparently, the oddly shaped handle is actually comfortable in the hand.
It is unlikely that I will get my hands on one to test and review in the short term, so I don’t mind linking this outside review of the chef’s knife. Apparently the handle is comfortable, and the edge has done a wonderful job for many months now. The knives are made by a 5th generation cutlery company in France.
The knives range from the larger chefs and santoku knives to small paring knives. Prices for the larger knives are in the $150 range with the smaller paring knives coming in at $80. You can order them here.