Biltsharp's chef's knives—one of the few things that aren't completely sold out—are $650 for a reason. The blade is a work of art unto itself, with beautiful designs reminiscent of classic Middle Eastern swords with swirling patterns cut in the steel.
But it's not just about the 8-inches of full tang, or, 1095 clay-tempered carbon steel—the handles, too, are magnificent. Made with various woods, metals, marble and other materials, Biltsharp plays with color and design in a way that's foreign to most people, who are accustomed to the sterile efficiency of a Henckels.
Though most of the other non-chef models aren't currently available, Biltsharp isn't just about the kitchen. This straight razor is without a doubt one of the most absurd but actually really cool ways a person could shave. Ultra-sharp damascus steel with a hollow ground? Facial hair doesn't stand a chance in hell.
If you get any of these, just remember to live by Biltsharp's mantra for knife care: "Never ride it hard and put it away wet. Steel rusts, even stainless steel."