Obscure Object Of Desire

Obscure Object of Desire: Evercut Furtif “Stealth” Knives.


The titanium carbide surface of the Furtif knife is purported to last the average consumer 25 years before needing sharpened.

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.

(h/t Gizmodo)




32 responses to ‘Obscure Object of Desire: Evercut Furtif “Stealth” Knives.

  1. My first reaction to stuff like this is almost always to dismiss it as being gimmicky. However, that Santoku on their website looks amazing.

  2. My goodness, that handle sure doesn’t look comfortable…but it does seem unfinished and ugly. Too much to pay for something this nasty looking.

  3. No doubt subjective personal taste is at play here, Clay. Some of my acquaintances raise their eyebrows at my esthetic choices in regard to all kinds of objects, too, which in their opinion are old fashioned and out of date.

  4. Great post on a fantastic website, thank you so much for linking to our review in Previous Magazine, we’re really very flattered; it made my day in fact. I’m a big fan of knives, watches and any other form of precision engineering that serves a purpose, myself and the rest of the team at Previous Magazine will be adding The Truth About Knives to our RSS feed readers.

    Thanks again, it really does mean the world, keep writing! We love it!

    • Thanks for doing a great review. I know that it is always fun to get picked up by another site. We have been lucky enough to grab the brass ring – an Instalanche from Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit.com on a couple of occasions now.

      You have a nice site. I especially liked your “Chicken Test”. I might have to borrow that- with credit to you of course.

      Stay in touch.


  5. Clay,
    The knives were featured on a science post from Reddit. As a reddit fan and a cook I started doing some internet research on these knives and ended up here. Thanks for the review. My birthday is coming up and I now know what I want.

  6. As others have already said, I saw a link on Reddit that referenced these knives. I was curious, so I Googled “Evercut Furtif review”, and your site was the first result.

    I really enjoy your site, btw.

  7. Thanks everyone. We went from our usual 250-300 page views an hour to over a thousand. Not quite an “Instalanche” (we have been lucky enough to get about 7-8 of those from Instapundit.com), but impressive nonetheless.

    Welcome and thanks for visiting.


  8. The knife was featured in an article on reddit.com. the article was about fancy things. I liked the knife and was curious to read reviews

  9. I’ve owned the chef knife for a little over a month now, AND I LOVE IT!!! This knife is extremely sharp and cuts through meat and produce like butter. Using this knife, I’ve been able to trim chicken breasts in seconds, and cut tomatoes into paper thin slices without squishing the fruit. My only complaint about the knife is that the bolster of the knife is at a diagonal angle, which does take a little time to adjust to. The handle itself is not uncomfortable at all, and I haven’t even really noticed the angular protrusions of the knife handle while using it. I absolutely would recommend this knife!

  10. UPDATE: A month after writing my first review, I’ve found 2 small dings in the blade of the knife, and the black coating is starting to wash off as well (despite me hand washing and putting the knife away immediately after each use). The knife is still plenty sharp after 3 months of use, but the 2 dings should not be there considering how diligent I’ve been with the care of the knife. Definitely does not have the durability that was promised, and I sincerely doubt it will last for 25 years.

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