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Where To Go In Nashville If You Want To Buy Pro Grade Knives
by TJ Anderson
When I help new Nashvillians find and buy a home in Nashville, they often ask me where to fuel their passions locally. The best places to outfit their home bar, grab their golf gear in Brentwood, buy midcentury furniture in Nashville — I’ve offered many a tip to many a new neighbor.
The latest favorite I’ve put in my back pocket is for the avid cooks — the folks whose new-home wish list has “big, updated kitchen” right up at the top. Recently, New Orleans-bred brand Coutelier opened a sister shop in East Nashville, and if you’re in need of well-crafted knives and other artisan-made cooking tools, it’s the place to be.
What you’ll find at Coutelier in East Nashville
Like its NOLA counterpart, the Coutelier shop in East Nashville stocks hand-made kitchen tools, from high-end paring knives to hand-carved pasta boards, with a particular focus on hand-forged Japanese blades. (Both Japanese and German-made knives are highly praised by chefs, but Japanese blades tend to be made of harder steel and have a sharper blade angle, which some cooks prefer, especially for more careful, delicate work.)
Led by two chefs — Jacqueline Blanchard and Brandt Cox — Coutelier painstakingly sources every piece they carry, its two owners traveling overseas regularly to get better acquainted with craftsmen and their craftsmanship.
Another local connection that caught my eye: I recently got knocked back (figuratively) by Clarksville knife-makers BootHill Blades, whose carbon steel knives are really limited in number, and can be hard to snag. Coutelier recently started carrying that small maker's stunningly crafted blades too. (One example pictured below, from Coutelier's Instagram feed.)
The shop’s offerings generally aren’t for bargain-hunters — you’re looking at deftly, artfully crafted pieces here, which tend to run from $200 to $400 apiece, and which you’ll be able to use and admire for years.
For keeping those blades pristine, too: Coutelier offers wet-stone sharpening and knife repair, a rarity here in Nashville.
Visit Coutelier Nashville
Stop by the Coutelier Nashville shop, 933 Woodland St., Suite C, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Or for online browsing/buying, hit couteliernola.com.
Need a new Nashville kitchen to store those beautiful new knives in? I’m here to help: Call or email TJ Anderson Homes, and tell me about your wish list.
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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