2017 / Home Interior Products / Kitchen Accessories/Tabletop / Professional

Pair Knife

  • Prizes
    Platinum in Home Interior Products/Kitchen Accessories/Tabletop
  • Company
    Hofer Studio, Canada
  • Lead Designer
    Joseph Hofer
  • Design Team
    Simon Coulson, Jeffrey McIsaac, Allan Michaud
  • Project Link
  • Other credit
    Pair Knife, Currently In Phase Two Materials Development And Testing, Has Been Made Possible Through A Partnership With The Mohawk College Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre, With Support By The Natural Sciences And Engineering Research Council Of Canada, Ontario Centres Of Excellence, And The Canada Foundation For Innovation.
  • University
    Humber College Institute Of Technology

Pair Knife redefines the standard knife set for modern
lifestyles. A chef and paring knife nesting as one allows for
optimized packing for the adventurer, as answering the need
for knife storage in compact living spaces.

It is the result of a yearlong product and materials study
between award-winning industrial designer Joseph Hofer of
Hofer Studio, Canada, and the advanced Additive
Manufacturing Resource Centre within Mohawk College,

An area of ergonomic refinement was the transition between
blade and handle. Since there was complete freedom of
surface as a result of 3D printing, the transition was shaped
to fit a professional chef’s holding style. As a result, the
design teaches new users how to hold the product for
optimal control and safety.

An insight gained through user observation was that
professional chef’s often keep a pairing knife in a pocket
while they use their main chef’s knife for food preparation.
Pair Knife addresses this by keeping the two most common
knife sizes readily available in demanding environments.

Printed on demand using additive manufacturing, Pair Knife
is produced with future technology, laser-sintered stainless
steel, often reserved for modern jet engine innovations.
Traditional hand sharpening techniques are used to create
and maintain a sharp edge.

Low volume production is planned for 2017.


Hofer Studio was founded by Joseph Hofer, a multiple award-winning Canadian industrial designer. The studio approaches design projects with the user at the forefront, innovating the experience, and building with quality to celebrate and communicate a product's purpose and value. Collaborating with a number of entrepreneurial ventures focused on the redefining of products based on technology, business, and experience innovations, the studio recently won a European Product Design Award for Pair Knife.

Other prizes
Studio Work 2018 - Radical by Design, Venture Out/Outdoor Retailer Show, WG Grill 2017 - Good Design, Tools, Screw Cancer™ E1 Multi 8 Screwdriver 2016 - European Product Design Award, Platinum, Pair KnifePrevious Work 2014 - Red Dot Design Award, Best of the Best, BlackBerry Passport 2014 - iF Design Award, BlackBerry Z10 2013 - Red Dot Design Award, BlackBerry Z10 2013 - Red Dot Design Award, BlackBerry Q10

Photo Credit: Hofer Studio
Credits: Pair Knife, currently in phase two materials development and testing, has been made possible through a partnership with the Mohawk College Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre, with support by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Ontario Centres of Excellence, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.