An old culinary adage says that we eat with our eyes. If that’s the case, then many of us likely cook with them, too, which is why we love these striking handcrafted stainless-steel implements from Global. Manufactured in a Japanese town famous for its sword production, they’re light in the hand and weighted for proper balance. The smooth, seamless design prevents food or rust traps, and a finger notch between the blade and dimpled handle helps prevent slippage. Prices start at $70 for a basic chef’s blade. Available at www.global-knife.com.