You can drop loads of money on a high-end cleaver from a dedicated cooking store, but you'll be hard pressed to beat the performance and toughness of this Hand-Forged Cleaver ($80). Handmade from forged, hardened, and triple-tempered recycled high carbon steel, it features a hard, sharp convex cutting edge, a red oak handle with copper rivets, and a handmade leather sheath with a forged copper snap.
Tired of doing the filtered pitcher routine, or causing undue damage to the planet by drinking water bottled on another continent? Behold the Mywell Filtering Faucet (€400; roughly $570). Using a multistage filtering system built into the faucet, it uses a carbon black to remove bacteria, odors, and bad tastes, an activated carbon block with KDF to reduce heavy metals, radioactive iodine, and other contaminants, and a mineral stage to return the water to its natural state and pH. In addition, it has an Advanced Smart Controller to tell you when the filter is ready to replace, which is a lot better than the indicator on the tops of most water pitchers, which goes by another name: a timer.
Improve the flavor of your morning coffee by using fresh ground beans from the Bodum Bistro Coffee Grinder ($20). Sporting stainless steel blades and a cord storage area in the base, the Bistro also offers a transparent lid, letting you watch your fresh beans become brew-ready, and it's available in black, green, orange, and red, ensuring there's one to match your kitchen or office decor.