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Old May 8th, 2013, 10:04 PM   #1
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Any recommendations as far as brands go? I didn't seem impressed with what there was at bed bath and beyond, where we did a registry for the wedding tonight. That or I was shocked by sticker price.

The main thing I was looking for in the block packages were steak knives with no serrations. The ones I saw all had serrations and most were single sided edged...

I want the straight edge to be able to sharpen easier, and general preference to how I like my knives.

I haven't really poked around yet, but I figured some of you guys were probably quite knowledgeable and with asking.

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How much are you looking to spend? Most of your high end German made brands have cheap "international" (china) sets. These are the ones that come in the blocks your looking for. At that price point though you may as well get a set of Cousenart from Target.

Celphalons higher end sets are nice, but Wusthof and Zwilling JA Henckels are top dogs without getting too out of hand on price. Chicago Cutlery used to be good but they sold out and are cheaply made.

Another thing to consider is which style you want: Western or Japanese.

One of the things I picked up when I was looking was that you really only use three knives: chefs, utility, and paring. Spend big on those three and they will last forever, then get the steak knives you want separate.
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We have cutco knifes and I am very happy with them.
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Victorinox, same company that makes the swiss army knifes, also make very highly regarded kitchen knifes. They Have a chef knife for $25 bucks that ranks as high as knifes $100 or more
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You must be a lousy pirate if you don't know all about knives.
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I have a set of Henckels... They're okay, but mine are the "made in China" variety. I think Shuns are supposed to be top of the line... buy separately and wisely to get the best deal, there. Basically, you at least want some knives that are good enough to last to being honed and/or sharpened.

There's a "Good Eats" episode on knives. May want to watch that. Seemed like sane advice.
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Victorinox, same company that makes the swiss army knifes, also make very highly regarded kitchen knifes. They Have a chef knife for $25 bucks that ranks as high as knifes $100 or more
This was actually my plan in the store haha.
We have some of their streak knives and I love them.
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I have a set of Henckels... They're okay, but mine are the "made in China" variety. I think Shuns are supposed to be top of the line... buy separately and wisely to get the best deal, there. Basically, you at least want some knives that are good enough to last to being honed and/or sharpened.

There's a "Good Eats" episode on knives. May want to watch that. Seemed like sane advice.

I just try to avoid everything China... still don't know what you're getting




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We have cutco knifes and I am very happy with them.

the only thing is it is hard to put that on a registry...




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How much are you looking to spend? Most of your high end German made brands have cheap "international" (china) sets. These are the ones that come in the blocks your looking for. At that price point though you may as well get a set of Cousenart from Target.

Celphalons higher end sets are nice, but Wusthof and Zwilling JA Henckels are top dogs without getting too out of hand on price. Chicago Cutlery used to be good but they sold out and are cheaply made.

Another thing to consider is which style you want: Western or Japanese.

One of the things I picked up when I was looking was that you really only use three knives: chefs, utility, and paring. Spend big on those three and they will last forever, then get the steak knives you want separate.
Great info, thanks. I think I might expand to four or five
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We got a big set of Henckels knives for our a wedding gift, like $400 worth of knives. Everybody said those or Wusthoff were the best. We used them for year, and so as you keep them sharp, they work fine, but they are heavy.

We recently picked up some Kuhn Rikon knives cheap at TJ Maxx and we both LOVE them. They are very light, comfortable to hold, super sharp, easy to sharpen, and best of all CHEAP, like $5 each. I'm probably going to sell them Henckels knives and just use these from now on.

http://kuhnrikon.com/site/search.php...=0&todo=Search

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We got a set of ceramic ones as a gift a few years ago. Awesome knives, you have to hand wash them, but after ~2 years of using 3-4 times a week they are still super sharp. I'll get the brand when I get home from work.
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AVOID stainless steel.

carbon steel or damascus steel only.

don't know about ceramic materials.
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You get what you pay for. Good knives are not cheap.
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We got a set of ceramic ones as a gift a few years ago. Awesome knives, you have to hand wash them, but after ~2 years of using 3-4 times a week they are still super sharp. I'll get the brand when I get home from work.

haven't thought about ceramic too much. Interesting.




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carbon steel or damascus steel only.

don't know about ceramic materials.

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I'm half tempted to make my own lol. I have access to a lot of 52100
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How much are you looking to spend? Most of your high end German made brands have cheap "international" (china) sets. These are the ones that come in the blocks your looking for. At that price point though you may as well get a set of Cousenart from Target.

Celphalons higher end sets are nice, but Wusthof and Zwilling JA Henckels are top dogs without getting too out of hand on price. Chicago Cutlery used to be good but they sold out and are cheaply made.

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One of the things I picked up when I was looking was that you really only use three knives: chefs, utility, and paring. Spend big on those three and they will last forever, then get the steak knives you want separate.
Those are the only three I ever use out of our set, well and steak knives.

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We got a set of ceramic ones as a gift a few years ago. Awesome knives, you have to hand wash them, but after ~2 years of using 3-4 times a week they are still super sharp. I'll get the brand when I get home from work.
All "good" knives should be hand wash only, also true of quality pans as well.
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have managed to find some old and obviously used kitchen / meat counter knives at flea markets. ususally under $10.00 and good pre-1960s carbon steel made in u.s. or canada by makers likely no longer in business. hardwood handles. use a knife sharpener bought at a sporting goods store. very effective.
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have managed to find some old and obviously used kitchen / meat counter knives at flea markets. ususally under $10.00 and good pre-1960s carbon steel made in u.s. or canada by makers likely no longer in business. hardwood handles. use a knife sharpener bought at a sporting goods store. very effective.
Yup. That is what I told my fiancee. I don't see why I should pay $100 for a good knife when I can buy a good used one that might need some love for $10. Either way it sure beats the hell out of a Wal-Mart special.
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I have a few wustof classic knives that I love and use daily. 7" and 5" santuko and a 4" utility knife. I chose these knives because the handles fit my hand well.
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If I did it again I'd spend another couple hundred over the JA Henkel set we have and buy Wustof. That's not to say the set we have is bad, but I think the Wustof set is that much better (I have a few other non-kitchen Wustof knives that top-notch).
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I have had the same Chicago cutlery knives for the past 5 years. I run them threw the dishwasher and they still cut like a knife. All straight edges so they are simple to sharpen.

Ceramic knives are and stay fucking sharp. They were also $$$$ back when I was in highschool 11 years ago working in a kitchen shop.
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