Savernake challenges Neil Rankin to design bespoke barbecue knives

Neil Rankin with one of the Savernake Knives X Neil Rankin ‘Ultimate Barbecue Set’ knives.

Wiltshire-based bespoke knife brand Savernake Knives has partnered with chef Neil Rankin to design a bespoke barbecue knife set ahead of National Barbecue Week (28 May – 3 June 2018).

Working closely with Rankin during the design and prototype stages, directors of Savernake Knives, Laurie Timpson and Philip Shaw, have combined the brand’s manufacturing design and technology with Rankin’s knowledge of high end barbecue.

Rankin’s love affair with charcoal cooking began early in his career and led him on to open Temper, which specialises in barbecue and open fire pit cooking over wood and charcoal.

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Therefore each knife within the new set of four has been crafted with function in mind. The handles, made using Richlite, an eco-friendly, resin-infused, paper-based material, feature grooves to prevent slip when being handled with grease and fat-covered hands.

Each blade is made using Savernake Knives’ signature manufacturing methods, such as hollow-ground, a profile which takes weight away from the blade, resulting in what is said to be a unique cutting edge and follow-through feel.

Rankin commented: “When Savernake Knives approached me to develop a set of knives specifically crafted for barbecue fanatics such as myself, I jumped at the chance.

“When it comes to the restaurant, I’m always looking for best-in-class producers and suppliers, but not only that, I’m incredibly passionate about working with locals.

“Being UK based and true craftsmen, Laurie and Philip from Savernake Knives felt like the perfect fit for me. The knives we’ve designed and created together are all you’ll need to master the art of preparing meat and veg for the barbecue.”

Savernake’s Shaw added: “Laurie and I thrive when working with passionate, like-minded chefs to create our bespoke knives, even more so when they are experts within a niche field. We enjoy crafting our designs to meet their needs and working in each specific nuance to ensure that functionally, the knives we design and manufacture are the world’s best.

“Neil brought his extensive knowledge of meat preparation to the table, and from this we tailored our designs to suit his needs. We’re incredibly proud of the set – we’re confident that it’s the ultimate.”

The Savernake Knives X Neil Rankin ‘Ultimate Barbecue Set’ includes a boning knife, a ‘chicken’ knife, a traditional cleaver and butchers knife. The set is available to pre-order with or without a protective leather wrap.

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