Carbon Knife Co., Denver's hidden gem for cheap, well-made cooking tools

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Tucked away next to RiNo pasta mecca Dio Mio is one of Denver’s best-kept secrets for home cooks.

At first, Carbon Knife Co. might look a little above your paygrade with its sleek interior, $200 Japanese knives and advanced collection of cookbooks, but this store isn’t just for off-duty chefs.

In the center of the room, you’ll find an intensely curated — and shockingly inexpensive — collection of chef-vetted everyday kitchen items that will seriously upgrade your cooking game. With all of us in the kitchen more than ever these days, these are the perfectly designed utensils that will make your prep work so much easier.

Some of what you’ll find: a $12 stainless steel Japanese peeler; an endlessly handy bench scraper at $8.95; a stainless steel baking sheet that every professional chef swears by for $14.95; and a stunning French wooden spoon that somehow looks hand-carved for just $9.

The selection here isn’t massive, but it’s perfectly selected to help you stock your kitchen without creating clutter.

And those Japanese knives? Totally worth the splurge — and at Carbon Knife Co., your first knife-sharpening (which they also do here) is on the house. Time your visit just right and you can pop next door to Dio Mio for $10 happy hour pasta and $6 house wine to celebrate your chef-approved haul.

Carbon Knife Co., 3264 Larimer St., 720-292-4277, carbonknifeco.com

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