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Pott Panado Bread Knife

c. 1994

by Carl Pott

The feeling of cutting bread as easily as butter is a pleas­ing expe­ri­ence. Ralph Krämer designed the special serrated edge of the bread knife Panado that makes easy slicing possi­ble. A light pres­sure, a simple cutting move­ment, and the blade glides through the loaf of bread with absolute preci­sion and almost weight­less­ness. The handles of the knives in this series are amazing to hold in the hand, giving you a sense of control.

Carl Pott

Germany

While Carl Pott coined the whimsical term “spoonery” for his flatware, the process of creating his seemingly effortless designs is calculated. Master craftsmen apply a century of accumulated wisdom and skill in the production process, which for those humble spoons include more than 30 steps—and more than 90 for knives, handmade of molybdenum and vanadium steel alloy, with handles of quartz-sand for an exceptional balance.

Pott’s father, Carl Hugo Pott, founded the eponymous workshop in 1904; three decades later, Pott transformed the steel specialists into true artisans, fashioning utensils of his own conception throughout the mid-20th Century. He also commissioned collections by fellow modernists including Hermann Gretsch, Paul Voss, and Josef Hoffmann, all equally ergonomic and elegant.

Third-generation craftsman Hannspeter Pott joined the fold in 1985, keeping the spirit alive while initiating bold collaborations with Ljubisa Misic, Ralph Krämer, Stefanie Hengel and others. When the legendary Siebel family bought the company in 2006, Pott had won some 700 global awards and earned spots in the permanent collection of institutions like the Museum of Modern Art.

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