Ottawa-based designers, The Federal, have developed a prototype for a set of knives called the Maple Set. With much thought given to 'what we really need' in a knife, the designers, possibly guided on principles of minimalism, reveal a beautiful solution.
The focus is drawn to the high polished blade, while the rest of the knife's Maple wood body sits warmly in the hand and blends in to its surroundings. The wood is sealed and food safe to allow for easy cleanup. The knife gives the appearance of being lightweight; however their weight is balanced to ensure that they can be used by any level of chef.
While it may be most practical for certain types of food, the design of the maple and steel compliment each other and these knives will still be a great gift for the minimalist enthusiast. Images via here.