The last TB Made in France Absolu kitchen knives with ebony handles!
Protecting rare species of wood
Legislation on the timber trade to preserve endangered species is evolving. After the decisions to stop all rosewood trade, which we discussed in a previous article, the ebony trade is also being affected by new regulations.
In accordance with recent legal provisions, TB Groupe has announced that they will stop manufacturing all items with parts made of ebony. This includes the line of Absolu Made in France kitchen knives with ebony handles.
However remaining stocks are still available for sale. Tarrerias-Bonjean would like to inform its customers that the last models of the following Absolu kitchen knives with sumptuous ebony handles are available on its e-shop:
- Bread knife with a 22 cm/8.6 in blade
- Paring knife with a 9 cm/3.5 in blade
- Steak knife with a 18 cm/7 in blade
- Mincing knife with a 15 cm/5.9 in blade
- Multipurpose kitchen knife with a 22 cm/8.6 in blade
Absolu Made in France Kitchen knives by TB
This line of high-end Absolu kitchen knives is one of TB Groupe’s most beautiful models due to their ebony handles and they are available for a limited time only!
From now on, the Absolu Made in France kitchen knives will be designed in compliance with these new manufacturing standards and, as usual, will incorporate the savoir faire Tarrerias-Bonjean has accrued over time.
The Absolu kitchen knives are very popular with professional cooks and amateur chefs. They can be found in several of TB Groupe’s highly-successful collections. In the future, this line will be manufactured with ergonomic handles made of POM or ABS plastic instead of ebony.
Despite the change in the material used to create the handles, these Made in France kitchen knives will always be top quality kitchen utensils - especially those with extremely high-end steel blades, which have very sharp and robust cutting edges.
New regulations for protected materials
CITES and Cop17
The latest decisions on the protection of endangered plant and tree species were made at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the CITES Parties (CoP17) in fall of 2016. CITES stands for Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
During the debates held in Johannesburg, South Africa, the world’s governing bodies took on a series of measures toward preserving several species of endangered trees, including the Dalberia genus, also known as rosewood.
Ebony is also on the CITES list, which means that the importation and exportation of this raw material is now being regulated with a system of licenses) and is now entirely prohibited.
This new international legislation concerns the trade of raw wood as well as finished products. TB Groupe’s Absolu kitchen knives with ebony handles are classified under this category, along with musical instruments, jewelry, furniture, etc.
TB Groupe has acted in accordance with this new decision and agrees with John Scanlon, the secretary of CITES, who stated: "Trade laws concerning the species protected by CITES increase the value of timber and will help ensure that the local people will benefit from this trade. These laws contribute to the global community by preserving these species and the ecosystem."
France lacks a permit issued by the Regional Directorate for Environment, Development and Housing (DREAL) and the Regional and Interdepartmental Directorate for the Environment and Energy (DRIEE), therefore a complete ban of ebony has been instated.
Companies and professionals that already have stocks of manufactured goods with parts made of ebony are licensed to stop production. The last Absolu Made in France kitchen knives are available for a limited time only.