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When I was growing up, I never admired my mother's seemingly random collection of kitchen knives. Stained blades on mismatched handles, all with a well-used look to them. One year I decided that it might be good to buy a replacement set for her as a Christmas gift. Fortunately, I went over to the house and actually looked at them first, and discovered that what I had thought was garage-sale crap was actually a comprehensive, painstakingly acquired collection of Sabatier knives.
Instead of buying an expensive wooden block of big-name knives that were no better than the ones she had been using for thirty years, I made a trip over to the David Boye Knife Gallery, and bought one of their decorative and extremely functional handmade chef knives and a lovely laminated cutting/serving board. She calls me every once in a while to hint that she'd like to see more gifts of this type.
Boye knives strike...