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  • Santoku: The Replacement for All Kitchen Knives?

    Santoku knives are increasingly popular - often featured in cutlery stores and online cutlery marketplaces.  But what makes the Santoku knife stand out? And should I be using it for all of my kitchen tasks?

    Although not all Santoku knives are made in Japan, the design is inspired by Japanese cutlery.  The knife is a cross between a cleaver and a short Chef's knife, a versatile size for many cutting tasks.

    Santoku knives are popular kitchen knives for several reasons:


    Size - Smaller than a traditional chef's knife, these knives are easy to hold for better control.  This is useful not only for perfect slicing and dicing, but also for safety.

    Non-stick Quality - Many Santoku knives feature dimples on the blade.  This patented Granton Edge gives you the keeness of a hollow ground razor coupled with the strength of an ordinary knife. While there is some truth to the fact that these scallops give the blade a non-stick quality, the real intent of the design was to allow for a much thinner cutting edge without reducing the integrity and rigidity of the blade.

    Multiple Abilities - the length and size of a sharp Santoku blade allow you many options - you can dice, chop, mince, cut, slice... making it a go-to for home food preparation.

    So will Santoku Knives replace all of the other knives in my kitchen?

    No, not quite - despite its versatility and ease of use, the Santoku knife cannot serrate like a bread knife, nor be used for flexible tasks like boning a chicken or cleaning a fish. It also cannot be used for peeling or paring, because of this thickness of the blade.

    kkwga17065spHowever, the Santoku can be added to your essential kitchen knives.  Even if you love your chef's knife, you will end up grabbing your Santoku for more tasks than you expect! So choose a sharp, excellent quality, long-lasting Santoku knife.  Some of our favorites include the Japanese-made Kikuichi 6.5" Warikomi Elite Gold Santoku Knife, with its ergonomic handle, and the Kikuichi Ice Hardened 6.5" Santoku, with Western-style handle and Ice Hardened Molybdenum blade - both admired by professional chefs for craftsmanship and design.

    Shop our entire Santoku Blade Collection >

  • Why use Magnetic Knife Racks?

    walnut-edge_1You've been seeing those Magnetic Knife Racks everywhere, and you're thinking -  "Why should I use a magnetic knife rack, when I can use the wooden block that I've had forever?" Well, there are a number of good reasons.Let's take a look at how Magnetic Knife Racks stack up against keeping your cutlery in a wooden block, knife sleeves, or in a drawer.

    Hygenic - A magnetic knife rack is far more sanitary than a porous wood block. Bacteria and germs also abound in a kitchen drawer filled with all sorts of cutlery and utensils.

    Safety - Unlike kitchen drawers, wall-mounted knife racks keep cutlery out of the reach of children. They also keep adults from pricking their fingers when reaching into a jumble of cutlery in a drawer.

    Beautiful - Knife Racks display your cutlery in an aesthetically pleasing way, especially for those who proudly keep a nice knife collection.

    Stay Sharp - Magnetic Knife Racks can help protect against the dulling of your blades.  Knives stored loosely in drawers rub against each other and other drawer companions, dulling the blades and possibly damaging both the blades and the handles.

    Stay Clean - Knife sleeves are a pain - you need the correct ones for the right knives, and you need to not only clean your knives but clean the sleeves as well! Magentic Knife Racks afford a one-time clean - of your knife only.

    knife-1Creativity - Sure, they're called "Magnetic Knife Racks", but why not use them creatively? Use them to store your other kitchen tools, such as pie servers, pizza cutters, and spatulas, making them easy to grab while you're cooking away!

    The Proper Moose has created their own unique Magnetic Knife Racks - gorgeous for the kitchen and useful for knife storage and cooking.  Browse our new selection!

  • Hmmm.... What should I win this month?

    Ho hum, what shall I choose? What lovely things shall I add to my Wishlist?

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  • Extra! Extra! Proper Moose Facebook Giveaway Extended to 8/31


    Proper Moose Facebook Giveaway Deadline Extended!

    Due to the positive feedback of the Wishlist Giveaway, we've decided to give more proper ladies and gentlemen a chance to win!

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  • Yet another reason we love Castle Forbes...

    ... And why we'd like to get a chance to visit there!

    Yes, they make and sell gorgeously scented perfumes, creamy shaving creams and top quality after-shave balms. But Castle Forbes owners also live a luxuriously peaceful life in a castle in the Scotland Highlands.

    Castle Life: The picturesque castle occupies an estate in Aberdeenshire, and is known for traditional farming, forestry, fishing enterprises, an ancient stone circle, and of course Lady Forbes' Perfumery.


    Fishing: Fishing is available for anyone on the river Don, one of Scotland's premier rivers for brown trout, sea-trout, and salmon.


    Ancient Grounds: A Stone Circle dating from 3000 BC features a natural burial ground.



    View the Castle Forbes collection at The Proper Moose.

  • See What John Won!

    Congratulations, John!

    John Roth of Rosedale, MD, was the big winner of our recent WishList Giveaway.


    Why John likes The Proper Moose: 

    "I was really impressed with the line of products you offer.  There just aren't any places in Baltimore to get this kind of stuff so I'm really excited about having found you. I look forward to many future orders!"

    LUCKY YOU... The Wishlist Giveaway was such a success that we've decided to give Proper Moose fans another chance to win!


  • Rubis: Designed By A Woman, For Women


    "People want things that aren’t more inflated than they really are... a timeless design that sidesteps all fashionable and short-lived trends. This return to real value is what I consider to be today’s luxury.“  - Fides Baldesberger, Rubis

    "Designed by a woman, for women" (Rubis website), Rubis cosmetic tweezers are considered to be the “best of the best” (Vogue), and the “Ferrari of cosmetic tweezers” (Bobbi Brown).

    The name Rubis is stemmed from the tiny rubies that were inserted with tweezers into watch mechanisms at Rolex and other renowned Swiss watch brands.

    vincenzoRubis uses what is called the visitage process to produce a really perfect tweezers tip. A French word that stems from the Swiss watchmaking industry, visitage denotes the process during which each product receives its finishing touches. This is where the quality is determined. Each Rubis tweezers is inspected individually and by hand - with a vice, fine wooden clamps, tongs, magnifying glass, file, various small hammers - and very experienced eyes which, again and again, precisely inspect the tweezers against the light: To make sure, in the end, that both tips rest perfectly on each other; that the steel transports the pressure of the fingers to the tips; and that they then grab with maximum precision. Something that no machine could accomplish.

    "Making tweezers," says Vincenzo Zagari, a man who oversees this process, "has a touch of Zen."

    Shop Rubis Tweezers at The Proper Moose

    manifakturImages are from the Rubis Website, and are not property of the Proper Moose. Visit the Rubis Website for more information on these remarkable Tweezers.

  • Why "The Proper Moose"?

    An odd name for a website? Perhaps-- particularly one that features a diverse assortment of high quality lifestyle products ranging from fine cutlery to men's and ladies personal grooming items to the world's original folding umbrella. What they have in common is that they are all "Carefully Curated Products for Discerning Ladies and Gentlemen"─and they all have a story to tell.

    So here's the story behind "The Proper Moose."

    Jeff G., the president of the Proper Moose, has had a lifelong love of moose, and in fact at one time had a collection of more than 40 stuffed moose ranging in size and style. Several years ago, he decided to "retire" a majority of his collection by sending them to their retirement home at Moose Meadow Lodge in Waterbury, VT, where they have been residing in the lap of luxury ever since.

    Jeff's favorites, however, remain at the corporate headquarters of The Proper Moose in Newton, MA, and have been the inspiration for the company that Jeff now shares with his co-owner, Janet R. With the help of our personal favorite, Mortimer B. Moose (aka The Proper Moose), we are proud to have curated a collection of the finest lifestyle products from around the world, some with histories dating back more than 700 years.

    "Mort" is always busy searching for the best new (and old) products to add to our collection and he looks forward to your loyal patronage. Here are photos of some of his recent travels as far afield as the Azores.

    Off-on-a-hike Off-on-another-leg-of-the-trip On-the-plane On-the-road Playing-it-very-cool Working-on-his-tan

  • Traditional Wet Shaving vs. Disposable Razors

    You may have heard this argument - which is less expensive: traditional wet shaving razors, or many packets of disposable razors over the course of a year?  And which is more beneficial, for skin health and a clean shave?

    This interesting article examines the monetary value of wet shaving, but perhaps more importantly, in the second half, looks at which product works - and feels - better for men's shaving.

    Read the Article here: The Benefits of Traditional Wet Shaving

    View our shaving products: Shop the Collection


  • Knirps: They Invented it!

    Knirps, the makers of our super strong umbrellas, have been manufacturing umbrellas for 85 years in Germany.  Not only do their umbrellas feature fashion prints, fresh colors, and unsurpassed quality, but the company invented the folding umbrella!

    In 1928, innovative engineer Hans Haupt had trouble carrying both a walking stick and an umbrella, due to a war injury.  His solution was the first umbrella with a telescopic frame - the folding umbrella!  This tiny umbrella fit nicely in his pocket for rainy weather, while his other hand rested on his walking stick.  He called his small new invention his "tiny tot" - a young child - and "Knirps" means "tot" in German.

    This unique innovation launched a new era for umbrellas, for fashion, and for convenience.  Innovation continues today, as Knirps works to invent smaller and smaller "tots" - tiny umbrellas.

    The word Knirps actually means “little one” in German, and ever since the company invented the folding umbrella in 1928, it has set the worldwide standard for designing umbrellas that are not only “little,” but fashionable and durable as well.

    Shop our Knirps collection ->

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