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Buying Kitchen Knives
« on: June 03, 2007, 09:00:12 PM »

The Mrs. and I are thinking about buying some new kitchen knives.  We're still using knives from college and hand-me-downs from parents/siblings, so we're looking for a major upgrade here.  The rest of the kitchen is pretty well-stocked from the wedding registry.

Some of y'all seem to be badasses in the kitchen, so I was wondering if you had any preferences in this area.

Some of the makers we're looking at are Global, Wusthof, Henckels, Kyocera, Chroma, Shun. Any experiences with these?  Any thoughts between European vs. Japanese?

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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2007, 09:01:58 PM »

bad choices listed.
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2007, 09:03:30 PM »

bad choices listed.


What would you look at, assuming slightly unreasonable (but not absurd) budget?
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2007, 09:04:33 PM »

http://www.calphalon.com/...e.jhtml?catId=CLCat100469

particularly, the nakiri knife (the best knife on the market, period)
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2007, 09:08:52 PM »

Hmm, we've already got a lot of Calphalon pots and pans.  I don't know if I want to be labeled a "Calphalon guy".  Kind of like how I have several different brands in my golf bag to be different from my "Taylor Made" buddy and "Callaway" dude (clubs, bag, hat).

Will check it out, though.
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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2007, 09:11:30 PM »

one word....Miracle Blade III
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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2007, 09:11:45 PM »

Hmm, we've already got a lot of Calphalon pots and pans.  I don't know if I want to be labeled a "Calphalon guy".  Kind of like how I have several different brands in my golf bag to be different from my "Taylor Made" buddy and "Callaway" dude (clubs, bag, hat).


LOL, fair enough,  you can go with something else-  never seen/tried  a chroma... everything else listed is good stuff {in general} ....  i'd say henckles is the most overpriced for the value....   

but do yourself a favor... at least grab the Nakiri  to complement your set   ---  you'll find the ability to cut anything w/ forward motion  to be mind-boggling.  it also has incredible balance. --  you won't find another knife in the 7" range that so literally feels 'invisible'  and an extension of your hand

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« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2007, 09:17:00 PM »

Thanks.  We'll be testing out knives over the next few weeks, so I'll report back on our findings.
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« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2007, 09:19:58 PM »

one word....Miracle Blade III

heh, we've got some old Ginsu knives in our current collection.  Grin
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Re: Buying Kitchen Knives
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2007, 09:40:01 PM »

You thinking component or oem?  Roll Eyes  Anonymous




seriously we have a Wusthof cooks knife thats really indispensable but I think any of the top names would work as well.   
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« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2007, 05:13:20 AM »

We have Henckel 4-Stars, because I wanted the Pro S or Five-Star, but the handles are smaller on the Four and my wife has much smaller hands.

What's important: the weight of the knife, its balance in your hand, how sharp an edge it can take, and its ability to keep that sharp edge.  Personally, I've never minded sharpening a knife, so it's always come down to how the knife feels in use.  If it feels unbalanced or too light/heavy, it doesn't matter how sharp the damn thing is, you won't wield it effectively.
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Re: Buying Kitchen Knives
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2007, 06:34:54 AM »

I have knives of varying brands and quality; Messermeister, Henkel, Mundial, Global, F *8==>*, Anolon, and Kasumi.  The knives I use the most are:
http://chefdepot.net/kasumi.htm
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/fdisaknwihoe.html
and an F *8==>* Kyotsu knive which I don't think is made anymore.

My experience thus far with the more expensive Henkels and Messermeister is that are a lot of better options for a lot less money...in fact I prefer my Anolon and Mundial knives over the Henkel and Messermeisters.
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Re: Buying Kitchen Knives
« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2007, 10:59:35 AM »

(warning, minor thread jack...)

Personally, I've never minded sharpening a knife, so it's always come down to how the knife feels in use. 

How do you sharpen your knives?  Send it to a pro, use a steel, or do you have some gadget?   I'm considering sending out a knife or two, but they're nothing special knives, so I'm wondering about the effectiveness of  DYI sharpening.
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Re: Buying Kitchen Knives
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2007, 11:39:28 AM »

We've had half the brands listed and have settled in on Cutco.  Ergonomically outstanding, great service/warranty.  They don't have a fancy German name or logo though so you might find them Untermensch.   Wink

http://www.cutco.com/home.jsp
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Re: Buying Kitchen Knives
« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2007, 11:41:38 AM »

A steel isn't really designed to sharpen anything, and most gadget's don't work.

So, your left with either a professional or investing in a 3 sided sharpening stone and a few minutes of your time every once in a while.


Professional sharpening really DOES make a difference. I had my stepmother's done as a Christmas gift a few years ago, and it made a huge difference...
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