Global Spear Paring Knife and Glestain Santoku 6+ years I think of this Global Spear Paring Knife as the extension of my index finger--the sharpness and thinness of the blade gives it a dexterous quality. It's perfect for peeling, slicing small fruits, deveining shrimp, and more. The blade is seamlessly connected to the handle which makes it feel incredibly clean. I bought my Glestain Santoku on a trip to Tokyu Hands in Tokyo. The indents in the blade keep sticky foods like garlic from clinging. It's a pleasure to hold, and I love the way it looks. It's an everyday cooking kind of knife, particularly great for my vegetable-heavy diet. Global Spear Paring Knife, Sur La Table, $68.00 **Glestain Santoku, Korin, $123.50 ** Back to 9 Kitchen Tools that Last ». Ganda Suthivarakom

In 1999, I moved from California to New York with two suitcases of stuff—neither of which held a single kitchen implement. I also had a two-month starter apartment sublet, no job, very little savings, and a constitutional inability to live on Top Ramen alone.

What I did have was a roommate, Julie, who knew how to cook. She had a cast iron pan that was carefully-seasoned, a collection of Le Creuset gear inherited from a former roommate, and a proper set of knives—the sort of well-worn, roughed-up gear that made her kitchen a pleasure to cook in.

After I moved out and became employed, I started outfitting my own kitchen in the same vein. I grit my teeth and plonked what was a lot of money to me on things that I thought would last as long as Julie’s things had.

12 years and four apartments later, I now have a kitchen worthy of a homemaker’s dowry. Some of the things we use have been inherited from my current roommate’s grandmother. They not only make me a better cook, but they also make the kitchen aesthetically-pleasing and therefore a joy to be in. And tell us—what’s the oldest kitchen tool in your arsenal?

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