Pure Komachi Knife (Pink)
I don't consider myself a serious cook by any means, but I DO consider myself a salad connoisseur, so when I found myself sawing back and forth with my dull "knife" to slice up some tomatoes I decided something needed to be done. I did some research but ended up receiving this totally cute PINK chef's knife as a christmas present. It looks a little TOO cute, but leave it to those Japanese to make a good-looking tool that's also functional. The chef's knife is supposed to be for MEAT (as the fun cutouts of chickens and cows inside the handle say), but I don't really cut up a whole lot of meat so I've been using it to slice and dice veggies for salads. Apparently this whole line comes in different colors so you can keep track of each knife and what they're supposed to be cutting (to prevent cross-contamination). The first time I sliced a tomato with this baby, I wanted to jump for joy. It's amazing what a difference the right tools will make. It will transform your chopping experience. That said, it does feel a bit thin, but Japanese knives usually are, compared to their western counterparts. And for $25, I'm not complaining!