The fun of foraging knows no bounds – there is something deeply satisfying about tucking into something that you not only cooked yourself, but also found, picked, plucked or – perhaps more easily, cut. Foraging is made all the easier when a) you know what you are doing, and b) you have the right tools for the job!
Vanessa Bilton regularly forages on the Island and shared some of her wonderful finds with us through her contributed blogs. This time, we were able to join her along with Jeff Macdonals, the UK importer for Grohmann Knifes.
With a Canadian and German background, these knives have their function and design on point. Made in Germany before WW2, when a commercial buyer travelled yearly from Quebec to the then German region of Sudentenland, to buy pocket knives. Each year the buyer would urge Mr Grohman to bring his business to Canada and then as the war worsened, he took him up on his offer. In Nova Scotia, he designed a truly Canadian knife. Field tested with hunters and trappers, the knife became known as #1 with #2 #3 and #4 quickly following suit and ‘Grohmann Knives LTD’ formed in 1961.
The knives are perfectly suited to outdoor pursuits. The combination of steel that is hard enough to hold its edge and the carbon content allowing for ease of sharpening. The knives themselves have won more than 25 international awards, including a display in the prestigious Museum of Modern Art, New York. With so many different sizes and transferable uses, they are perfect for sailing, bushcraft, fishing – and as we have just found out, foraging! They proved invaluable on a recent trip out to collect winter chanterelles, chestnuts and rosehips.