LIGNUM, a team of engineers, designers, computer scientists, and blacksmiths in Germany, have come together to create //SKID – a sustainable chef knife made from 97% wood and 3% high alloyed carbon steel.
Born from the idea of cutting with wood, the team set out to create a wooden knife that could be used both in professional kitchens as well as in casual home kitchens that was up to the challenge of meeting the various needs in both settings.
In comparison to all-steel knives, the //SKID knives are considerably more sustainable. With the same amount of energy it takes to manufacture a single all-steel chef knife, 32 //SKID knives can be made. And, using the same amount of water it takes to make 2-3 steel knives, between 70 and 90 //SKID knives can be made.
Each //SKID knife is made from wood high in tannin, a naturally occurring element in hardwood that kills bacteria and eliminates the need for chemical cleaners. The knives are also sealed with linseed oil to close the pores, maintain the self-cleaning element of the wood, and prevent the build up of germs and bacteria.
The knives come in a range of colors and finishes and can be customized for an even more luxurious experience when chopping, slicing, dicing, and mincing.