Norwegian designer Petter Skogstad created Silhouette, a modern take on the traditional Japanese deba b?ch?, which literally means “pointed carving knife”. The handle is made of solid colored Corian and is faceted for a better grip.

“This project came about for a independent exhibition in Tokyo called “Food Work”. As the title indicates, the topic of the project is food: storage, preparation, presen­tation, and eating. These objects spring out of simple and ordinary, yet es­sential and vital, actions that tie people together across cultural differences. The objects are designed for everyday situations in Norway – they are Norwegian. How­ever, we have been inspired by Japanese culture – or rather, by our particular understand­ing of Japanese culture. In other words: we have at­tempted to make Norwegian objects that could also be relevant to Japanese living.  This knife design is tradition­ally for filleting fish and this is a big part of both Norwegian and Japanese culture.”

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Photos: Petter Skogstad via

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