History has it that French cavalry soldiers invented "Sabrage"—a quick way to open Champagne bottles by shearing the top off with a sword. Though it might be easier to just pop the cork, this is one of the best party tricks we've ever seen. It's surprisingly simple to master the technique, and the saber itself is a matchless culinary conversation piece. Stored in a handsome wooden box.
Cotellerie Berti has a long history of steel, fire, and skilled hands creating some of the finest cutting tools in the world. Founded by David Berti in 1895 in the Tuscan countryside, it is today under the guidance of his great grandson Andrea. Each piece is handmade by Italian artisans and the essence of the Berti tradition since 1895 is this: the artisan that begins making a knife takes it through to the finishing touches. Each knife is the work of a sole artisan which bears his or her initials on the blade.