Technically, you shouldn't have to worry about how comfortable your knives' handles are — if the blade is sharp, it's normally not an issue — but that doesn't mean these aren't cool. Bike Handle Knives from MKS Design ($150-$225) are made in Sheffield, England from SF77 stainless British Steel, and feature an asymmetrical grind and a welded tubular stainless handle with a vinyl grip in red, green, or blue.
Another staple of summer is homemade ice cream, and there's no better way to make it than with the commercial-quality Cuisinart Supreme Ice Cream Maker ($300). This brushed stainless steel box features a built-in compressor-freezer, removing the requirement for pre-chilled or pre-frozen bowls. Other features include a fully-automatic 60-minute timer, 1 1/2 quart capacity, and an included book of simple recipes to help you get started.