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Two Cool Culinary Stores to Check Out in San Francisco

Knives Galore at Bernal Cutlery

You know the proprietors behind Bernal Cutlery in San Francisco have to have a rather macabre sense of humor to come up with a knife display like this one above.

They also know their stuff. Their shop, opened in 2005, boasts the largest selection of knives in San Francisco, including Japanese, French and vintage ones.

It also offers precision sharpening using Japanese whetstone grinding techniques, as well as classes to teach you how to care for — and best use — your knives at home.

Owner Josh Donald calls himself a knife geek. He even worked with stone while studying sculpture and poured metal in a foundry in order to refine his knife-sharpening skills even more. His team also includes two sushi chefs.

This year, Bernal Cutlery launched its online store, where you can find an extraordinary range of knives to suit your needs. How about a Japanese-version of a French knife handmade by a fifth-generation blacksmith for $448? Or a vintage French carving set with octagonal silver plated hollow handles and forged carbon steel blade for $80?

One visit will leave you knife-obsessed.

March to the New MARCH on Sacramento Street

You will be doing just that once you find out all the delightful things stocked at this new kitchen-dining-home store.

MARCH features items for the discriminating cook — from bespoke butcher block tables to handcrafted ceramics to exquisite table linens. You’ll also find pots from Brooklyn Copper Cookware, Lodge castiron cookware and AGA slow cookers.

Additionally, there’s MARCH’s in-house line of jams and vinegars. Its spice line is prepared by Le Sanctuaire of San Francisco, where some of the city’s finest chefs shop for specialty equipment and ingredients.