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Pink knives? Why not!

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Remember that blush pink Yamazaki dish rack at Food52 I posted about a while back? Well, I wasn’t expecting this AT ALL, but you know what I got in the mail this week as a thank you from Food52? No, not the dish rack (which I already own in white), but…a set of three pink knives. PINK KNIVES!!

Now, like I’ve said before, clicking around on Food52 is how I often wind up coming across things I really don’t need but definitely want, so I’d already seen the knives in their shop. Not just the pink ones, but the whole collection of multicolor Five Two Essential Knives. Every color they offer is beautiful, but the pink! You know how I feel about pink.

I’ve been using these knives for the past few days, and not only are they lovely to look at, but they’re really nice to use, too! Heavy, solid, and super-sharp. They feel really good in the hand, which isn’t something I’d ever really considered about a knife before. Hey, I’m no chef!

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Also, can I just say that the serrated knife is a DREAM to use for cutting both tomatoes and bagels? I’m SO excited to own a good serrated knife. The one it’s replacing (and this is not an exaggeration) came from a dollar store when I was in college…about 25 years ago. So this is a pretty major upgrade. And no, this isn’t a sponsored post. I’m just really into these knives, and it was exciting to get something in the mail that wasn’t, like, bulk sacks of dried lentils or off-brand hand sanitizer.

By the way, those bagels from Zabar’s? Geninne returned the gesture and had them sent to me, and that makes TWO fantastic mail deliveries in one week. (Zabar’s is still open and delivering treats all over the country, by the way!)

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If you need new knives (or you want to give someone some gorgeous knives as a gift), I can’t recommend these Five Two Essential Knives enough. ALL of the colors are on sale right now, too!

p.s. Sanitize your mailbox daily, and tell your mail carrier they’re awesome—from a distance.

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  • Reply Melissa April 2, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Such beautiful tools! And I think at a really reasonable price for the set of three right now. I see this as the universe rewarding you for getting back at it! Ha! You deserve all great things, Anna. Take care and keep on keepin’ on.

    • Anna Dorfman April 3, 2020 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks, Melissa! I’m pretty psyched about the knives. 🙂

  • Reply Rheeds April 3, 2020 at 1:54 am

    They’re called rhubarb in pink! Swoon. How do you feel about rhubarb? My Czech friend dismisses it as pink celery…

    • Anna Dorfman April 3, 2020 at 1:08 pm

      You know, I don’t really know anything about the possibilities of rhubarb beyond rhubarb pie, and honestly, that just tastes like sugar to me. Not in a bad way or anything, I just don’t think I have a sense of what makes rhubarb taste like rhubarb? (I love celery, though.)

  • Reply Kim B. April 3, 2020 at 2:23 am

    What a lovely, thoughtful gift from Gennine.

    Now another question. I almost bought those bottle grinders (in blue tones) for my sister-in-law when I was in Oslo last year and have thought about them ever since, but the thing is I read on the package something like “keep them out of direct sunlight” — and she lives in LA!

    You’ve had yours for a while — since they’re on the top of your “favorite things” tiles . . Have you noticed yours bleaching out from the sun?? They also look like something that would feel good in the hand and be a good — and attractive — tool.

    • Anna Dorfman April 3, 2020 at 1:12 pm

      Kim, I’m guessing the direct sun warning is because the bottles are made out of silicone and sunlight could cause the material to degrade, not because it would lead to fading of the color. I’ve only had this set for a couple of years, but I had them in black and white for a long time before that. My mother has them, too. It’s never occurred to me to keep them out of the sun (I never knew about that warning!), but it’s not like I have them on the windowsill or anything. I really love them—they’re easy to fill, easy to grind, and they don’t leave any flakes on the table/counter because they’re inverted. That said, I know some people think silicone feels “sticky” and don’t like them for that reason. It’s never bothered me, though.

  • Reply Emily R April 3, 2020 at 7:58 am

    I love these! What a beautiful gift. Quick question – I also have the bottle salt and pepper grinders and I have the WORST time keeping them clean. They always seem a little sticky. I’m contemplating taking them to my neighbors house to put in the dishwasher (I don’t have one) but any tips are appreciated.

    • Anna Dorfman April 3, 2020 at 1:14 pm

      Emily, I think that’s just the nature of silicone surfaces. Other people have asked me this same question! I just wipe mine down with regular kitchen spray and a sponge when I clean up at night. I don’t think that feeling comes from them being “dirty,” I think it’s just how silicone is!

      Someone on Instagram once told me they cleaned theirs with…nail polish remover? I think? and now the finish is gone—so they don’t feel sticky anymore, but they also no longer have that beautiful matte finish.

  • Reply Sarah G April 3, 2020 at 11:43 am

    I am so in love with the stuff Food52 makes…this quarantine may put an end to any amount of restraint I’ve had to use to resist ordering their entire site (sorry bank account!)

    • Anna Dorfman April 3, 2020 at 1:15 pm

      It’s definitely one of those sites where I add a bunch of stuff to my cart, sigh deeply, and then close the browser window.

  • Reply Strom Level April 15, 2020 at 4:09 am

    Hey. This might be a little off topic, but I like the advice to sanitize the mailbox. That’s a great and very decent idea.

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