A unique gift idea – “The Ex”


The Ex

Sometimes finding the perfect gift for someone on your holiday shopping list is easier said than done. Sure, you can go with traditional “stand by” gifts like perfume, jewelry, ties and cologne – but people usually have a closet full of these things that they’ll never use.

I love to get unique gifts whenever possible. I will buy traditional gifts too but only as a last resort or if the person has such a gift on their wish list.

Do you have anyone on your holiday shopping list who is a “Foodie”, loves to cook, enjoys things that are a bit macabre or recently divorced? If so I have the perfect gift for them – The Ex.

What is The Ex? The Ex is a beautifully crafted luxury-designer gift that makes a statement. It’s a person shaped knife holder that comes with a set of knifes that are placed on it to resemble someone getting stabbed. In a way it reminds me of a Voodoo doll.

According to the manufacturer;

The concept of celebrating divorce or a difficult breakup in order to ease the pain and move past one of the most difficult times in one’s life was started by RICSB, manufacturers of THE EX knife holder, a one of a kind kitchen display designed in Italy by Raffaele Iannello. It’s a conversation piece that can be placed in your kitchen, displayed in your living room or even on your coffee table.

The Ex has been featured on several news outlets including The Rachel Ray Show, The View, The Today Show, ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox to name a few.

The Ex is desgned by Italian designer Raffaele Iannello.

Raffaele Iannello is a noted designer in Europe and his products are varied. He was born in 1974 and has established himself in Italy as one of the finest young designers in Europe. As most designers, Raffaele Iannello takes his designs quite seriously while adding both the elements of humor, and tongue in cheek qualities in each product as well as an innovative style.

His products are sold worldwide. They are both manufactured and distributed by a New York based company called RICSB.

The first time I laid eyes on The Ex I knew I had to have it for my kitchen. I like things that are unique and attention grabbing. This knife set certainly is both.

The Ex stands a lot taller than I thought it would. The body is a nice size and it’s made in a way so it doesn’t tip over.

The Ex Knife Set

I was hoping for the stainless steel set but I received the black one to review. The only reason why I don’t like black items is because they tend to show dust and dried water drops more so than other colors (not only that Stainless Steel is really nice looking). But the stainless steel one is super expensive, so I can understand why I received a colored one.

The knives appear to be made of stainless steel. There are several different types of knives in different sizes. Each knife has it’s own “slot” on the body.

My first thought (before I saw The Ex in person) is that people would cut themselves on the knives that stick out in the back of the body. It’s hard to see from the photo but each knife has a plastic “sleeve” that the knife goes into which prevents people from accidentally cutting themselves on them while on the stand. This is an ingenious idea. And because the sleeves are clear you don’t have to worry about them taking away from the overall look of The Ex.

The sleeves can also be removed for cleaning.


The knives are great. We’ve used them many times. They are very sharp. There is a nice assortment of knives too – 8″ Chef knife, an 8″ Slicer, an 8″ Bread knife, a 4 1/4″ Utility Knife and a 3 1/4″ Parer.

This is a fun knife set and it gets a lot of attention from those who have seen it thus far. Plus it’s a practical gift because you also get a great set of knives.

To learn more you can visit TheExKnife.com. The company has other “The Ex” products including a pen holder and another cool look knife set.

The Ex (like the one I have) sells for $159.00.

What do you think about this knife set? Do you think it would make a fun gift? Would you like a set for yourself? Feel free to share you thoughts.

The Ex


*I received a free sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.