Isaiah Schroeder

Isaiah Schroeder is the artist and craftsman behind Isaiah Schroeder Knifeworks. He works in a studio on Madison's south side.

PHOTO COURTESY OF ISAIAH SCHROEDER

Nobody really needs a garlic press. A Cuisinart is a convenience; a KitchenAid stand mixer is a comfort.

One thing a cook can't live without is a chef's knife with a sharp blade, a comfortable handle and enough weight to make short work of onions, pecans and chives with equal dexterity.

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ktip gyuto with a spalted tamarind handle

It takes about 40 hours for Isaiah Schroeder to make a knife like this one, a ktip gyuto with a spalted tamarind handle.

Isaiah Schroeder is the artist and craftsman behind Isaiah Schroeder Knifeworks. His custom knives are beautiful tools, twisted and stamped to look like a map of the sea floor. The handles combine many shades of wood, inlaid with nickel silver and turquoise.

This week on the podcast, Isaiah describes how he makes his knives, what they're good for and why they're different from commercial knives.

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Since 2008, Lindsay Christians has been writing about fine arts and food for The Capital Times. She loves eating at the bar, going to the theater, fine wine and good stories. She lives on the east side with her husband, two cats and too many cookbooks.