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Pallares Knives

Nick and I first discovered Pallarès on Pinterest. We couldn’t look past these series of beautiful photos of stunning knives. We instantly agreed that the knives had such a nostalgic feel to them and so we ordered a couple to try out at home. Admittedly, I had no idea about the merits of carbon steel and stainless steel knives but I was so impressed by just how sharp the knives were as well as how great they felt to use. We reached out to David, who manufactures Pallarès in Spain, and we fell in love with the company’s story. For the past five years, we’ve been working directly with David and his small team and we couldn’t be more pleased to showcase these beautiful knives.

In Solsona, a small municipality in Catalonia, Spain, the knife industry is a tradition that dates back to the sixteenth century. Pallarès was founded in 1917 and is today the only testimony to this local history. Pallarès is a family run business and throughout its history and right up until today, they seek out the highest quality materials to offer the best performing cutting edge.

With the Pallarès range, it’s really important to consider the materials used for the blades. Most of the range is available in either carbon steel or stainless steel. Whilst both are sharp and enduring, this is largely a personal choice. It really depends on the level of care you want to give your knife set. Carbon steel blades typically require a little more care and attention because the blade itself will patina over time. Patina is a very natural process that causes a slight superficial discolouration to the carbon steel. This is because the blade comes in contact with salt, acids and moisture throughout its daily use. It’s important to note however that the patina itself creates a seal like layer to the blade and this will go towards preventing any rusting.

One of the benefits of choosing a carbon steel blade is that carbon steel is harder than stainless steel. This means the blade is sharper and thus it holds its sharp edge longer. A sharper knife often means more precision when you cut and it also makes using the knife a lot safer.

If you’re looking for a knife that doesn’t require this level of care however, the stainless steel blade is a fantastic option. Stainless steel blades are typically composed with chromium. Chromium is what makes stainless steel resistant to rust and discolouration. As we mentioned, stainless steel isn’t as sharp as carbon steel so you may need to sharpen your stainless steel blades more frequently to ensure great performance.

With knife sharpening, it’s useful to distinguish the methods for aligning the blade and sharpening the blade. A knife sharpening or honing steel is designed to align the beveled edge of the knife blade. This isn’t something you can see on your knife, it happens on a microscopic level, but it is something you can feel when you use your knife. Your knife may have previously felt sharp as a razor but it can start to catch on the food you're cutting and provide a little resistance. By using the sharpening steel on your knife, you’re pulling that beveled edge back into alignment and giving the knife it’s cutting power back. If you feel though that this isn’t improving the performance of your knife, this is when it’s best to take your knives along to a specialist knife sharpener.

As with the choice of material for the blade, there is also a choice in the material of the handle. Pallarès offers beautiful wooden handled knives in a variety of knife lengths as well as rubber handles in their Professional series. The Professional series forms Pallarès high end offering. Of course, they are made of high quality stainless steel and designed to be robust enough for the day to day demands of the busy kitchen; be it commercial or a home enthusiast. The Professional range includes a few different knife shapes including the Santoku, the Slicing Knife, the Chef’s Knife and the Usuba.

In addition to the knife range, Pallarès has a series of gardening tools as well as fireplace accessories. You can read all about their iconic orange handled gardening tools in a previous blog post. For your fireplace, the Pallarès Firewood Tongs are a beautiful addition. The traditional design of the tongs in jet black hand forged steel will assist you in safely placing more wood into your fire in the cooler months.

The Pallarès range is really special to Father Rabbit. Not only because of our longstanding relationship with the Pallarès team, but we’re so admirable of the values of the brand and the high standards that they set for themselves. We are firm believers in that there is a purpose in finding the best practice for everyday tasks. We can’t help but feel that Pallarès captures this sentiment by offering the most beautiful, practical, well-priced knives to take centre stage in your home kitchen.

Plumm Glassware

Plumm wine glasses have been a long standing staple on the Father Rabbit shelves. As with all the goods you’ll find in our stores, this range is tried and true and one of our favourites to recommend. Designed in Melbourne, Plumm is produced in Europe from the highest quality crystal. In today’s blog post, we’ll be taking you through the design of each of the glasses and highlighting the importance of pairing the right glass with the right wine to ensure you’re capturing the best characteristics of your favourite drop.

For aromatic white wines such as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, we recommend the White Wine Glass. This style of wine requires a small bowl to capture it’s delicate floral and fruit aromas. For Chardonnay and aged white wines, the Chardonnay Glass offers a larger bowl to enhance the complexity of the flavours typically found in those varietals. For customers who aren’t typically perhaps the biggest fans of Chardonnay, we highly recommend trying a Chardonnay in this style of glass; we firmly believe it’s the difference between a good glass of wine and a great one.

If you’re a red wine drinker, there are two different styles of glass to choose from. Red wine benefits from a larger bowl as it offers a greater surface area for aeration. This allows your wine to ‘breathe’ which in turn creates a balance between the bouquet and the texture of the tannin and oak. The Red Wine Glass is ideal for full bodied wines like Shiraz and Merlot as this design has a wider opening. For medium to lighter bodied reds, the Pinot Noir Glass has a smaller opening to capture the more delicate floral and fruit aromas found in these style of wines. This glass is great for Pinot Noir, Burgundy and Nebbiolo. The clever team at Plumm have also created the Red or White Wine Glass. This glass is the perfect all rounder. Inspired by international tasting glasses, it’s suitable for all red and white wines.

Now for bubbles! The Plumm Sparkling Wine Glass has been developed with the help of expert champagne houses. It’s designed to create the perfect balance of aroma, flavour and sustain the beading of the wine. These glasses are not only fantastic for celebrating those special occasions at home but they also make the perfect gift for any upcoming wedding, anniversary or housewarming.

Plumm also offers a further two ranges; the Stemless and the Outdoors. The Stemless range is their contemporary take on traditional glassware and all the designs are based on the classic shapes that we’ve just perused. Similarly, the Outdoors range, is also based on those shapes with the added bonus of being unbreakable. Meaning they’re perfect for outdoor dining; whether that’s in your garden at home or out on a picnic. The polycarbonate is dishwasher safe and won't cloud or crack - they look and feel exactly like the real thing!

Plumm is designed to be enjoyed everyday. And we thoroughly agree. Embracing the simple pleasure of beautiful glassware is one of those little things that makes your home a well presented and thoughtfully considered. The Plumm team have sought expertise from some of the world’s leading sommeliers, winemakers and wine enthusiasts to create these superb glasses. Next time you’re in store, we’d love to continue to share this expertise with you.

Bellroy Wallets

Father Rabbit has been a long time supporter of Australian accessories brand Bellroy. The team at Bellroy established their line of leather wallets in 2010 after endeavouring to design an alternative to the traditional bulky men’s wallet. The slim profile of Bellroy wallets has never compromised how many cards or coins you can carry, but instead has made your wallet all the more convenient. Their approach to design is entirely thoughtful, practical and creative. In today’s blog post, we’ll take you through a few of our favourite pieces from the Bellroy range and highlight our favourite of their design features.

First up we have the Coin Fold wallet. The Coin Fold wallet is great for anyone who still finds themselves carrying change. A pinch opens the coin pouch and releases a leather ridge, making it easy to tip coins out and avoid those awkward fumbles. The back section includes a latch to hold your contents secure, and coins sit flat to keep bulk to a minimum.

The Coin Fold wallet is available in Eucalyptus, Java, Black and Caramel

Then we’ve got the Note Sleeve wallet. This wallet caters for quickly accessing cash and cards alike however it does have a little more storage to offer. It features a coin pocket as well as a storage area for those cards that you don’t find yourself reaching for too much but still want to have on hand. To access it, all you do is pull the tab.

If you’re after something a little bit smaller, the aptly named Slim Sleeve wallet is the more compact sibling of the Note Sleeve as your bills can be folded. For the even more minimalist dreamers, the Card Sleeve wallet is the slimmest style Bellroy offer. Measuring 10.3cm by 7.1cm, this wallet can hold up to eight cards, has two quick access slots as well as a pull tab for your go-to card. 

Interior of the Slim Sleeve wallet (left) and the Card Sleeve wallet (right).

No more panicking when you’re trying to find your passport and check that you’ve got your booking information when making your way through the airport. The Bellroy Travel Wallet allows you to keep your passport and cards in one place alongside a section for paperwork and a pen. The section for your bills is also tall enough to hold any foreign currency without needing to fold any notes. The Designers Edition of the Travel Wallet brings a little more luxury to your travel with subtly tapered edges and a beautiful lining.

The Travel Wallet in Black with RFID (left) and the Designers Edition Travel Wallet (right).

The Hide & Seek, Note Sleeve and Travel wallets are also available in a RFID-blocking option. RFID-blocking wallets are designed to help protect you from a specific type of theft called RFID skimming. This is where information from smart cards, passports and driver’s licenses is read and duplicated. When your wallet is closed, material in the lining disrupts any scanning signals to protect the contents of your wallet being duplicated. So clever!

A firm favourite amongst the Father Rabbit team, the Carry Out wallet resembles more of a classic purse for those who fancy carrying a little bit more. This wallet lets you organise your phone, cash, cards, coins and even a passport in one place. And it’s great that it lies flat when you unzip so you can really see what you’ve got in there rather than fumbling at the checkout. The removable sleeve inside doubles as a fully functional wallet, for when you want to head out with just the essentials on hand.

The Carry Out wallet is available in Caramel, Black, Blue Steel and Charcoal

Whilst the design of main range of Bellroy wallets is largely inspired by a man’s traditional wallet, arguably the entire Bellroy offering is of course suitable for everyone. However more recently Bellroy have used that same mentality of slimming down the everyday wallet to clutch bags and larger purses in their women's range. The Women’s Clutch Wallet features a floating central divider with magnetic closure to keep coins and small valuables safe as well as offering plenty of space for cards and your phone. The Women’s Folio Wallet and the Women’s Pocket Wallet both have space for your phone to slide into it.

The Women's Clutch in Black (left) and Alabaster (right). 

And what’s a stylish wallet without a stylish phone case? Bellroy have continued their overwhelming sense of practically by creating phone cases that you can easily stash your cards into. Having your cards with your phone makes it super easy to pay by payWave or use your AT Hop or Snapper card without taking them out of your case. You can choose from the Phone Case style (available as a case for one card or a case for three cards), the Phone Wallet and the Phone Pocket. The Phone Pocket is currently available in an all conditions version made from water resistant leather and a waterproof YKK zip.

The iPhone 7+/8+ Case 3 Cards in Caramel (left) and the iPhone 7/8 Phone Wallet in Caramel (right).  

Across the entire Bellroy range from the key covers to the clutch bags, environmentally certified leathers have been used for their high standard of texture, finish and soft touch. All Bellroy products come with a three year warranty. As part of their business model, Bellroy pride themselves on a series of environmentally aware principles: their products are designed to be used for as long as possible and the pursuit of a better understanding of their impact and how to reduce it. Father Rabbit is hugely inspired by this outlook.

You can shop our entire Bellroy range here and find the perfect wallet for you!