Spend any amount of time in a restaurant kitchen, and you begin to notice something. In the midst of total chaos, one detail is always in order -- the chef's knives.

The Knife: R.H. Forschner steak knife
The Owner: Bob Burton, meat cutter, Weiland's Gourmet Market

Burton bought this German-made R.H. Forschner knife for $18 -- the first steak knife he purchased when he went to work at Big Bear in 1971 (at the age of 21). He's retiring at the end of the year and has passed the knife on to a new employee at Weiland's. "Let the tradition go on with it," Burton said. "Let it keep cutting meat."

-- Story and photo by Jodi Miller

Weiland's Gourmet Market
3600 Indianola Ave., Clintonville

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