Maison Milan has elevated what a knife can traditionally be. With its sturdy cast-iron handle, the knife stands on its own, upright. The authentic solid walnut blade is easy to wield as it slices through lettuce and other vegetables with no fuss. This reinvention of the knife comes courtesy of designer Chifen Cheng in collaboration with Maison Milan. The butt of the handle grinds salt, pepper, spices, and nuts effortlessly, like a mortar and pestle. The wide wooden blade is also just right for scooping ingredients into a pan.