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The French call it “éclat." It's the kind of effect that’s eye-popping, brilliant. Certainly that’s true of the Furtif knives, possibly the most forward installment from the revolutionary Evercut line by TB Groupe, one of France's established knife makers and also the only eco-friendly cutlery maker in that country with ISO 9001 accreditation. Furtif pushes the chef’s mainstay into a new realm with an unprecedented synergy of design and technology. A full tang blade makes it a substantially strong knife. The laser-bonded titanium-carbide surface lasts 300 times longer than standard steel and 5 times longer than ceramic, according to third-party testing. In layman’s terms, that means the average user should only need to sharpen it once every 25 years. Of course, it's Furtif's looks that cut all other knives to shreds. The TB Design team purposefully abandoned conventional styling for a strikingly faceted handle rendered in inky black just like the blade. "Furtif" translates as "stealth," and chiseled good looks aside, the name is a nod to the underlying attributes—including the blade edge—that become obvious with use and time. TB is Tarrerias Bonjean, the family firm that has been making cutlery for 5 generations.
In the land of couture, it seems apt that France would also be also the home of haute cutlery. Since 1648, family-owned TB Groupe in the city of Thiers has been producing high-end knives, passing the expertise down from generation to generation. Now headed up by Eric Tarrerias and his sister Carole, the fifth leaders in the family lineage, TB Groupe is world-renowned for both its modern savoir-faire and unsurpassed utility, aided by innovative technology. Proudly “Made in France,” local production helps reduce the enterprise’s carbon footprint while promoting employment in the Auvergne industrial region—and always remaining true to TB Group’s artisanal heritage.