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Quality and aesthetics don’t often mingle in the world of high-performance knives—which is exactly what makes Material Kitchen’s collaboration with stylist Beverly Nguyen so newsworthy. The thoughtfully designed kitchenware brand’s latest knife set is not only crafted with its best-selling Japanese high-carbon and stainless steel blades (described by Domino home editor Lydia Geisel as “razor sharp”), but its matte-composite handles now come clad in a covetable sage colorway. It’s a soothing hue that, fittingly, happens to be an all-time favorite paint choice for kitchen cabinetry.

The Trio of Knives, $155

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Trio of Knives, Material Kitchen ($155)

The full set includes: the 8” Knife ($75), an ultra-sharp yet low-maintenance blade; the Almost 4” Knife ($50), a versatile paring blade that measures 3.5-by-7.75 inches; and the Serrated 6” Knife ($60), an 11-inch-long beauty that’s ideal for tomato or bread slicing, peanut butter spreading, and beyond. With more than 250 reviews and an impressive 5-out-of-5-star rating on MaterialKitchen.com, the Trio of Knives is a runaway favorite when it comes to high-performance quality and design-forward aesthetics at a competitive price point. “This knife is not only beautiful to look at but is good as any knife I have ever used—even when compared to the much more expensive and heavily advertised,” one reviewer attests. Another simply states, “Sharp and sharp-looking.” 

In addition to exceptional functionality—Nguyen calls the sturdy blades a far cry from the $6 IKEA ones of her college days—color selection was among the top priorities in the design process. “Everything had to feel welcoming, low-maintenance, approachable, and universal in everyone’s kitchen,” says Nguyen of her creative approach to the trio makeover. “It shouldn’t be overthought but rather an extension of what people already have in their kitchen.” The subtle green easily carves out a spot alongside Material’s current lineup of cool neutral, blue-gray, and almost black options.

The 8″ Knife, $75

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The 8” Knife, Material Kitchen ($75)

Whether you’re prepping a PB&J or tackling Nguyen’s idea of braised ribs in a clay pot with spices, umami, anchovies, and fresh herbs (we had to ask), the Material set may not handle the entire job for you, but it’ll certainly make it easier—and look good while doing it.

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