For This James Beard Award–Winning Chef, There’s No Substitute for American-Made Knives

Chef Mike Solomonov is reshaping the Philadelphia dining scene — with just two knives in his arsenal.

Steve Legato

Modern Israeli cooking is what Philadelphia-based James Beard Award–winning chef Mike Solomonov is best known for. Take Dizengoff’s riff on street corner hummus stalls, or Abe Fisher’s cross-cultural, Jewish diaspora–driven dishes. Yet it’s through his concept-driven ventures that Solomonov truly differentiates himself — for instance, the unabashedly Americana comfort-food joint Federal Doughnuts, specializing in doughnuts and fried chicken, the bones of which are used for stock at the nonprofit Rooster Soup Company, another one of Solomonov’s eateries.

At all of Solomonov’s restaurants, quality and considered details are paramount — and the same is true of his knife kit. Grounded in pieces by industry-leading, American bladesmiths, the esteemed chef’s tools put craftsmanship and durability above all else.

Bob Kramer Chef’s Knife


“My Kramer knife is my go-to. Their knives have extremely sturdy blades, hold an edge well, and really just have the perfect weight.”

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Silverthorn Knife & Tool x Rose’s Meat Market Butcher Knife


“It’s a nice, heavy cleaver that slices through whole bones with ease and scares my cooks.”

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