Victorinox: The Cutting Edge of Kitchen Knives

Victorinox: The Cutting Edge of Kitchen Knives

Victorinox is renowned the world over for its craftsmanship. The companies’ quartet tagline of ‘Quality’, ‘Functionality’, ‘Innovation’ and ‘Design’ has spurred their business ethic for the past 130 years and with such a committed focus to fashioning perfect blades, it’s no wonder that the original Swiss army knife was a Victorinox invention.

Today, Victorinox are still known for their nifty multi-tool, but they’ve also gained a significant reputation for professional and commercial knives that has made them a favourite of expert chefs and home kitchen cooks alike.

Recently here at Stephensons, we were given a demonstration and talk by Victorinox employee & fourth generation butcher, Martin Schnellmann, who travelled all the way from Switzerland to Stockport to impart his knife-based knowledge and let us know why Victorinox is a cut above the rest… Sorry.


Why Do The Pros Choose Victorinox?

One of the first things Martin chose to emphasise was the continued use of Victorinox products by professional chefs. According to Martin, it’s the combination of “unique by-hand sharpening, hardening and polishing” as well as “the laser tested cutting angles” that make these Victorinox knives firm favourites. One major way that Victorinox ensures superior quality over competitors is through an on-site laboratory that tests products for durability, endurance and quality. Martin highlighted some key statistics from the lab that reflect this superiority:

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Sharper than competitors

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Longer lifespan

Competitors knives need sharpening more often

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Some other interesting facts:
  • Victorinox produces 160,000 knives every day
  • Because the knives stay sharper for longer, there is reduced risk of hand and wrist fatigue
  • 26 million knives a year come from Ibach HQ in Switzerland
  • Founded 133 years ago, Victorinox is still run today by the Elsner family

Top Tips
As a fourth generation butcher and a representative for Victorinox, Martin Schnellmann knows his knives. We asked him for some advice to give you the cutting edge in the kitchen. Click through the tabs below to read what he said: 
“A knife is a helper, not a weapon. A sharp knife won’t require too much strain to use, meaning you can handle it with calmness and precision. Choosing a good handle will help too. A fibrox handle has the benefits of non-slip safety, whereas a rosewood handle will over time adapt and form to fit the hand”
“If you’re using your knives a lot, obviously they need to be a sharp. As a butcher, we sharpen as often as once an hour during heavy usage times. If using a sharpening rod, a few swipes at a 20° angle will work to hone the blade.”
“If you want to be know how to really use a blade to its maximum potential, practice really does make perfect. Test different knives on different products and find out what works for you. You may find that something like a pastry knife is actually great for large fruits such as watermelon.”

“If you’re looking for an all-rounder in the kitchen, stick to the smaller knives such as the Santoku or chef variations. These are made to handle a wide range of tasks and are probably the easiest to master quickly.”

“If you’re going to be using a knife frequently and every day, getting to grips with a large knife is recommended. Make this knife your best friend and learn its intricacies. You will be rewarded.”

We couldn’t let Martin go without asking him what his favourite knife to use was, and his answer may surprise some…

“For me, it’s the pastry knife. I find it stays sharper longer, has a nice weight and the wavy edge always gives a satisfying cut. I’ve had my pastry knife for 20 years now and it’s still as good as it was the day I got it!”

Martin Schnellmann

4th Generation Butcher & Commercial Cutlery Sales Manager, Victorinox


Victorinox Pastry Knife

  • No-slip fibrox handle
  • Tempered steel
  • Retains sharpness for longer
  • Versatile and trustworthy
  • Serrated edge
  • 10″ / 26cm
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Serve Your Coffee With a Conscience

Serve Your Coffee With a Conscience

Coffee is officially the most popular drink on the planet. With over two billion cups consumed worldwide every single day, and an estimated 55 million drank daily in the UK alone, it’s official – we love coffee. And what’s not to love about a piping hot, flavourful caffeine kick? For many of us the day doesn’t start, or at least we don’t function, till we’ve been snapped into consciousness by a good old warming coffee. 

This love affair with coffee has resulted in a café-culture boom. Every single high street now seems to be pandering to our coffee addiction with new cafes and stores seemingly popping up everywhere. In fact, the UK coffee shop market is currently enjoying its biggest period of growth since 2008. And this widespread popularity is evident – just look at the tube, public transport or any city street during the hours of 7am – 10am and you’ll be drowned in a sea of coffee cups. Again at lunch, swarms will wander to the nearest caffeine-touting counter, grab a cup of coffee and leave. For many it’s a daily routine. Unfortunately, it’s a harmful one. These cups have to go somewhere, and that somewhere happens to often be a landfill.

Figures from a 2015 study by Cardiff University claim that 2.5 billion disposable cups a year are discarded. Of that massive number, it is estimated that only one in 400 is actually recycled, the rest are destined for our already brimming landfills. Some bigger companies such as Starbucks and Costa have made some efforts to reduce the effect on the environment by offering to recycle their customer’s cups, unfortunately due to a polyethylene coating, these cups are very difficult to recycle.

Fortunately, there is a solution. A solution that has all the benefits of a regular disposable coffee cup, yet is entirely environmentally friendly. This sustainable solution is the Vegware cup.

This award-winning cup is made from two layers of sustainably sourced board and instead of nasty plastic, they are insulated by plant based PLA. Here is a 100% recyclable and 100% compostable cup that doesn’t pail in comparison to a disposable. In a world where eco-consciousness is rapidly becoming one of the most important aspects for consumers, one simple change to compostable cups can do a world of good for your business and, more importantly, the environment. Click the link below to see our range of compostable cups AND entirely compostable lids, to help you save the environment one cup at a time.


Waste Not, Want Not – Real Junk Food Manchester Opens Its Doors

Waste Not, Want Not – Real Junk Food Manchester Opens Its Doors

It is estimated that around 15 million tonnes of perfectly edible food is thrown away each year in the UK alone. When so many people across the country are going hungry, this really is quite a difficult fact to comprehend. In the heart of Manchester, an establishment is looking to make a difference…

The Real Junk Food Project is a not-for-profit model that intercepts and uses food that would otherwise be thrown away. Founded in Leeds, the project has gone on to host successful pop-ups across the country. With a focus on providing nutritious meals to those who might not be able to afford it, their eateries operate with a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ policy.

The Manchester branch has been running since 2014 and has now found a home at 85 Oxford Street with the unique eatery opening its doors to anyone and everyone through a soft launch taking place from Tuesday 5th September. With an admirable ethos, it is no surprise that volunteer electricians, plumbers and artists were quick to answer the call and get the 40-cover restaurant space looking spick and span for its opening. Sticking to the sustainable spirit, much of the restaurant’s furniture has also been upcycled.

As a beautifully hand-illustrated mural on the wall espouses, the project wants to ‘feed bellies, not bins’. Commenting on this very real problem of discarded (yet usable) produce in the UK, director Corin Bell sets out a mission statement – “While there is food being wasted, we’ll do our best to use it”.

Five days a week, Real Junk Food Manchester will provide a constantly changing breakfast and lunch menu with meals entirely composed of ingredients that were set to be wasted. Experienced chefs will transform the food that was destined for dumping into healthy, hearty recipes for all to enjoy. Ethical coffee, provided by local firm Second City, is also available on the street level seating area.

Here at Stephenson’s, we are happy to be supplying such a great cause and implore you to go down and take a look. Opening times will be 12-3pm, Tuesday – Friday for the first week (5-8th Sep), with extended operating hours due to follow shortly. Real Junk Food Manchester is open to the public, with those attending merely asked to pay what they can afford. For more information on this terrific project, please visit www.realjunkfoodmanchester.co.uk.

Stephenson’s Cyclepaths: Tour de Blackpool 2017

Fundraising for Hospitality Action

UPDATE: After a successful (and very tiring) day, all that is left is to say yet another massive thank you to all of our sponsors, everyone that donated and everyone that made the event possible!

We are happy to announce that, at the last count, we have received just over £1800 in sponsorship. If you’d like to donate more to the worthy people over at Hospitality Action, the link to our JustGiving page can be found just above the gallery above.

Thanks again!

 

– The Stephensons Team

Making their first (and probably final) appearance, the Stephensons Cyclepaths will take to the open road on Sunday, 9th July 2017.

 

Covering a massive 60 miles from Manchester, through Lancashire and onto the Blackpool Promenade, the team of 22 not so finely tuned athletes will be raising money for our chosen charity, Hospitality Action.

Hospitality Action offer vital assistance to all who work or have worked within the UK hospitality industry and find themselves in crisis. Find out more about our chosen charity here: http://www.hospitalityaction.org.uk

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Donations are sent directly to the charity to save time and reduce costs. All donations will be greatly appreciated, thank you for your generosity.

Stephensons will match any sum raised up to the value of £1,000.

 

From all the staff at Stephensons, “Good Luck, no moaning & we will meet you at the end for a well deserved pint!”.

Fundraising for Hospitality Action

Meet the Cyclepaths

Henry Stephenson

Henry Stephenson

Managing Director

Aaron Letch

Aaron Letch

Cash & Carry Sales Manager

Beth Walker

Beth Walker

Warehouse Team

Nick Guest

Nick Guest

Warehouse Team

Mark Lees

Mark Lees

Warehouse Team

Alex Lewis-Booth

Alex Lewis-Booth

Warehouse Team

Julian Lewis-Booth

Julian Lewis-Booth

Commercial Director

Chris North

Chris North

Cash & Carry Assistant Manager

Euan Stirling

Euan Stirling

Territory Manager

Stuart Linsey

Stuart Linsey

Purchasing Manager

Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson

Operations Manager

Matthew Coulthard

Matthew Coulthard

Customer Service Advisor

Connor Hambleton

Connor Hambleton

Warehouse Supervisor

Adam Miller

Adam Miller

Customer Service Advisor

Sophie Cottam

Sophie Cottam

Returns Co-Ordinator

Gary Bellamy

Gary Bellamy

Customer Services Manager

Philip Thwaites

Philip Thwaites

Warehouse Team

Craig Mason

Craig Mason

Graphic Designer

Jack Clayton

Jack Clayton

Warehouse Team

Michael Pearson

Michael Pearson

Buyer

Kevin Shervin

Kevin Shervin

Warehouse Team

Simon Weston

Simon Weston

Warehouse Team

Fundraising for Hospitality Action

Stephenson’s Cyclepaths: Tour de Blackpool 2017

Click to visit our JustGiving page

Zieher Bar, Buffet & Food Presentation Products

Zieher Bar, Buffet & Food Presentation Products

Zieher Bar & Buffetware

New for 2017, Stephenson’s are proud to supply Zieher Bar, Buffet & Food Presentation Products.

Zieher are a German company who are globally renowned for their innovative approach to food display and buffet presentation.

 

 

Zieher Wine Coolers UK
Mini Tables Zieher UK

Supplying top class restaurants and elite hotels, their spectacular products are sure to impress in the most exclusive locations.

 

Zieher Buffetware UK
Zieher Büffetware Colours UK

Using premium materials such as glass, stainless steel, slate and porcelain, Zieher offer a contemporary, premium tabletop solution.

Zieher Plates
Zieher Plates

Ranges such as Skyline and Neo have a striking presence that add a fresh dimension, height and theatre to buffet display whilst Dresscoat is a distinctive collection of versatile presentation pieces.

If you are interested in finding out further information on the Zieher range, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Zieher Website Enquiry

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Pubs Protected In Law Change

Pubs Protected In Law Change

After many years of CAMRA campaigning, English pubs can no longer be converted or demolished without planning permission.

Colin Valentine, CAMRA National Chairman, said, “After years of campaigning led by CAMRA’s membership, the Government has today announced a historic change in the law to protect all English pubs in the planning system.”

Previously, a loophole enabled developers to make fundamental changes to pubs at will. New law will not prevent the development of pubs but allows the pub’s community an opportunity to express their opinions as part of the planning application process.

In an email to CAMRA members, Valentine continued, “Although this change comes too late for the thousands of pubs already lost, it will be crucial to supporting all the great pubs which remain for generations to come.

“This is a huge win for pub goers and consumers and helps secure a thriving pub industry for all to enjoy.”

CAMRA Chief Executive, Tim Page, said, “This change delivers real and robust protection to valued community pubs, which previously have relied on communities going through the bureaucratic process of securing Asset of Community Value (ACV) listings, or local authorities choosing to use complex and obscure Article 4 directions.

“We will work with the Government to ensure these measures are implemented as soon as possible to allow pubs across England to start benefiting from the protection of the planning system.”

For more information, visit www.camra.org.uk.