Tirso Standing Spreader Knife

Stand-Up Knife

This balancing knife stays upright and accessible, thanks to its weighted base. Its gravity-defying design removes the need to rest a dirty blade on a plate or counter.

Tidy up your PB&J station, add a touch of ingenuity to the cheese spread at a cocktail party, or make sure no one monopolizes the butter knife at breakfast.

Tirso was designed by IPAC, an 80-year-old Italian company that specializes in stainless steel kitchenware innovation. They named Tirso after the thyrsus, or wand, used by Dionysus in Greek mythology.

It’s the perfect inspiration for this standing knife—it resembles a magic wand and creates less mess.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Michael

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce Tirso Standing Knife to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Lucinda
    9/27/2016 10:36 AM

    How wide is the base? I think that I would need to store it with my kitchen tools rather than with the silverware.

  • Michael
    Michael – Special Guest
    9/27/2016 10:52 AM

    Hi, and great question. The base is 1 5/8 ". At home we have 3 (not to show off!) and we keep them with the tools. It's always the go to spreader for my kids and a big hit for Sunday brunch with extended family, although we have check their pockets when they leave!!

  • Lucinda
    9/27/2016 10:58 AM

    @Michael I'm buying 2 for now, one which will always stay home and one when I take something spreadable anywhere else.

  • Michael
    Michael – Special Guest
    9/27/2016 11:12 AM

    @Lucinda Proactive and excellent thinking. Suggest not to pack in your carry on as the TSA will likely confiscate, and we do not want that. Have fun and spread away. My favorite is an everything bagel, lightly toasted, butter on one side and strawberry jelly on the other. I'm getting hungry.....

  • Lucinda
    9/27/2016 10:38 AM

    Does IPAC have any other products that you will be bringing to Grommet?

  • Michael
    Michael – Special Guest
    9/27/2016 10:58 AM

    Earlier this year we launched "angurello," a watermelon corer and server. Thus far, its been a very successful launch on "The Grommet." Still available here. Watch video and buy! More unique gadgets from Guido (4th generation) and Antonio (3rd generation) to come.

  • Andy
    9/27/2016 11:27 AM

    So what keeps the jelly from running down to the handle? If I tried to do this, there would be jelly, butter, and everything I had cut on both the handle and table. Plus I would undoubtedly stab myself in the face at some point during the meal. I am trying to figure out why this design is superior to setting the knife on your plate next to your fork which you don't sell.

    Seems you are tying to fix something that isn't broken.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/27/2016 11:31 AM

    Hi Andy, thanks for the comment. I'm sure Michael would agree, but this wouldn't be used as a dinner table knife, more of a serving knife for cheese, jams, etc. Like you would any knife, you want to get the excess of whatever it is on the knife off of it.

  • Michael
    Michael – Special Guest
    9/27/2016 11:43 AM

    @Andy Wonderful questions Andy; When you spread, what is left is usually a smear on the knife which, in my experience will not trickle down. It is not a question of superiority as offering up an alternative that tickles some peoples fancy. Functional and fun. My kids and I love it, while my wife is like Switzerland, completely neutral. It is an informal way of spreading and sharing a fun table top tool that seems to fascinate all guests when they visit our home. No one has or come close to impaling themselves on this spreader and I feel that you

    are not giving yourself enough credit.

  • Jeffrey
    9/27/2016 11:47 AM

    Nice gadget if your a fan of gadgets. :)

    We have just been putting a butter knife in a coffee cup, blade down for years.

    The handle stays clean and the blade off the table.

    And even with it just being a butter knife I think that's safer than one sitting there blade up, but thats me...Good luck with the product :)

  • Michael
    Michael – Special Guest
    9/27/2016 12:01 PM

    @Jeffrey Thank you for your comments.

  • Sudarshanarao
    9/27/2016 12:32 PM

    Most of your products are very interesting and stylish and useful new ideas.

    this knife is interesting BUT, When i see this i got this question in my mind, how safe it is to keep this vertically up? a knife being kept vertically up in a kitchen , even a slightest fall wll result in serious damage right? a knife when not used should be kept as flat as possible to avoid any risks...did you took care of this issue when you designed this knife? thank you

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/27/2016 1:05 PM

    Hi Sudarshanarao, thanks for the comment. I can't speak to what was thought of in the design stages, that is best left to Michael, but I can say that having a knife in the kitchen is something to be mindful of whether it is standing or flat. In the case of Tirso, there really is no blade so it is less of a knife and more of a spreading utensil. It does have some weight to it so that it stands. Dropping it on your foot might be something to be weary of.

  • Diana
    9/27/2016 3:18 PM

    @Mike What a hoot! The comments are as good as the product, which I find most amusing. Paranoia reigns supreme!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/27/2016 3:26 PM

    You can never be too careful with knives, Diana ;)

  • Ellen
    9/28/2016 7:25 AM

    How about a spoon and a fork? I could use a standing spoon for things that have to be stirred between microwave bursts, and a fork for turning things in the oven every so often.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/28/2016 11:33 AM

    Not a bad idea, Ellen, we'll let you know if IPAC comes up with them.

    9/28/2016 11:08 AM

    I love fun and useful gadgets and am always looking for gift ideas for family. Is this knife dishwasher safe? It really does not look all that dangerous to me LOL

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/28/2016 11:35 AM

    Who doesn't, Janet? It is dishwasher safe, but it is recommended you hand wash before first use.

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