Carbon Steels the Show

Tauranga-based Cherie Metcalfe, founder and CEO of popular and ever growing local food brand Pepper & Me, is proud to unveil her latest venture as one of the country’s leading food-entrepreneurs. This time, bringing handcrafted carbon steel knives to Aotearoa.

Like her much-loved collection of sauces, rubs, crumbs and sprinkles that have garnered a cult following of keen Kiwi foodies, Cain & Abel was born from a love of cooking.

“I’m so excited to bring these blades to New Zealand,” said Metcalfe, also the author of best-selling cookbook KEEPERS and founder of Kitco cast iron cookware.

“It’s time for stainless steel to take the back seat so Kiwis can experience the joys of a carbon steel knife.”

Made from spring steel recycled from cars and trucks, each Cain & Abel knife is handmade and hammered with precision over a hot outdoor fire. There are no machines, no factories and no mass production – every single blade has its own unique beauty. Discarded automotive parts are a very good source of knife steel, usually made from 5160 carbon steel and often used to great effect by expert knife-makers when creating highly-desirable custom designs.

Cain & Abel knives are made for Kiwis who are passionate about food and take cooking seriously, investing time and care into their kitchen routines and rituals.

“If you’re willing to sharpen and take care of your knives, then carbon steel is where it’s at, and it only gets better with time,” Metcalfe continued.

The Cain & Abel team have a passion for cooking, but that’s a bold understatement when it comes to their love of the culinary world. They believe in the power of shared food experiences and the deeper values surrounding cooking, and this is what drives Metcalfe’s desire to source finely crafted tools for Kiwis to use.

“It’s been a process, but we have made it to the finish line and are so excited to share our knives with New Zealand.”

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