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Offline Nick Niacaris

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What is your favorite chefs knife ?
« on: January 07, 2014, 11:20:44 PM »
I'm in the market for a good quality chefs knife and was wondering what you cooks( not collectors, wink wink lol) prefer to use in the kitchen. I was thinking about an 8-10 inch German Brand Forged steel knife. Thanks for your input.

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Re: What is your favorite chefs knife ?
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2014, 11:56:40 PM »
That's a very personal choice.  I prefer Santoku style knifes for general purpose use.  Allegedly they are best suited for women and people with small hands, but I am a big guy with hands like shovels and like them anyhow. 

I am German and like to support the German economy, but with German knifes you tend to pay a lot for the name.

Here is the way I got my favorite chefs knife.  I was at a friend's place who is really into kitchen gadgets, as is his wife.  They are definitely both more in the collector category.  They were working with a nice looking Santoku knife, and knowing them, I figured several hundred dollars.  When I admired the knife, they let me work with it, and I fell in love!

Heavy hearted - because I figured it would be way out of my price range - I asked where they got it.  They gave me a big smile and said:  Bed, Bath & Beyond, $10!

The next day I bought the identical knife, and it has been my main kitchen tool for well over 10 years now.  It doesn't even mind the daily ride in the dishwasher!

Generally Bed, Bath & Beyond is a good place to shop for knifes.  They have a good selection covering a wide price range, and you can hold the knifes to see how they feel in your hand.  But don't be suckered into buying one of those big knife blocks.  90% of what's in there you will never need.  Personally I don't even use a paring knife.  With the Santoku and a big Chinese meat cleaver I picked up for a song in Hong Kong, I've always got the job done.  But again, knife's are a very subjective affair!


Farberware Pro Forged 7-Inch Santoku after well over 10 years of daily service.  Looks like they changed the handle somewhat, but still available.
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Re: What is your favorite chefs knife ?
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2014, 05:47:32 AM »
J A Henckels of Germany makes a great knife. BE SURE and get the TWIN line as they also make a cheap line which I do not like.
Good kitchen knives made in the USA are hard to come by but I do have a good many that I have picked up thru the years.
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Re: What is your favorite chefs knife ?
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2014, 06:27:48 AM »
I USE CUTCO KNIVES.

 www.cutco.com

 MADE IN THE GOOD OLD  USA IN OLEAN NEW YORK

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Re: What is your favorite chefs knife ?
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2014, 11:53:29 AM »
Anybody have any experience with Cold Steel kitchen knives?
 
http://www.coldsteel.com/Category/16_1/Kitchen_Cutlery.aspx

I have some of their hunting knives and am very impressed with the steel and the way they hold an edge, but have never handled one of their kitchen knives.
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Re: What is your favorite chefs knife ?
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2014, 11:11:52 PM »
I gotta go with the German brand I think you're referring to. I've tried Henckels (not all are made in Germany) and some other less expensive knives, and hands down these are the best for me. They just feel right in my hand, but knives are a very personal choice, so if you can, go try out the feel before you buy.

If you really want a good knife experience, get yourself one of these Boardsmith blocks to go with your new knife. I bought one after my Boos board warped after a year, and it's been totally solid, really well made. I've started to actually enjoy chopping veggies, and the end-grain construction is easy on the knives.

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Re: What is your favorite chefs knife ?
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2014, 10:45:55 PM »
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I USE CUTCO KNIVES.

 www.cutco.com

 MADE IN THE GOOD OLD  USA IN OLEAN NEW YORK

CAL SMITH

Have no problem with Cutco. Look at their history. [smiley=thumbsup.gif]
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Re: What is your favorite chefs knife ?
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2014, 11:41:59 PM »
Oh, and the vintage Cutco's are in demand out in the wild!!

(See I learn a lot, besides Cast Iron, sitting for long tedious hours at auctions! )

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Re: What is your favorite chefs knife ?
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2014, 11:58:09 PM »
My son sold Cutco knives for a bit but I never picked up any.  Forschner and Wustoff Trident have found their way into my knife bag but I've used some Chicago Cutlery and Kyocera with success too.

Main things to me are how it feels in your hand and how well it takes an edge mainly as it applies to heavy usage. 

If you have a knife sharpening business or restaurant supply store nearby, you have a better chance of getting to handle the knives and getting advice as applies to how you plan to use it. 
The good chefs never burn anything--we call it "culinary brown"!!

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Re: What is your favorite chefs knife ?
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2014, 12:49:37 AM »
A few years ago my wife gave me for Christmas a Japanese Chef's knife made by Masamoto called the Gyutou.  It quickly became my favorite knife.  Like most Asian knives, it is sharpened to a 15 degree angle (most knives are sharpened to 20 degrees).  Japanese knives are made from a different steel and they hold an edge very well.  But they are not stainless steel so the knives don't stay shiny like German or American knives.  I don't care about that since, for me, a knife is for cutting, not for show.

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Re: What is your favorite chefs knife ?
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2014, 10:25:50 AM »
Jim,

I was stationed on Okinawa the last four years of my military career and I bought several Japanese kitchen knives. A few were in the range of $25 each and some as low as $4 or $5. They're all marked only in Kanji or Katakana so I can't say what the blades are made of. None of them are/were stainless but all are/were very good knives. I gave a few to each of my daughters as they got married and, unfortunately, most of what I kept are just about worn out.   :'(


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Re: What is your favorite chefs knife ?
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2014, 11:33:22 PM »
Ken, you need a special sharpener for Asian knives since they are sharpened to a 15 degree angle as opposed to 20%.  You can get a manual sharpener for Asian knives for $30.00 or so.  So, sharpen those bad boys and they will probably be as good as new.

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Re: What is your favorite chefs knife ?
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2014, 12:01:04 PM »
I brought one back with me, Jim. However, I do most of them by hand on a diamond hone.

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Re: What is your favorite chefs knife ?
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2014, 10:16:22 PM »
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A few years ago my wife gave me for Christmas a Japanese Chef's knife made by Masamoto called the Gyutou.  It quickly became my favorite knife.  Like most Asian knives, it is sharpened to a 15 degree angle (most knives are sharpened to 20 degrees).  Japanese knives are made from a different steel and they hold an edge very well.  But they are not stainless steel so the knives don't stay shiny like German or American knives.  I don't care about that since, for me, a knife is for cutting, not for show.

I'm doing some research and I might add the Gyutou to my kitchen knives. Thanks for the recommendation Jim.

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Re: What is your favorite chefs knife ?
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2014, 10:27:55 PM »
Nick, you'll love it.  The store in Manhattan fit the knife handle for me to customize it since I'm left handed. ;)

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Re: What is your favorite chefs knife ?
« Reply #16 on: January 19, 2014, 06:05:14 AM »
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I've decided to get this set !

http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/zwilling-ja-henckels-pro-s-cutlery-7-piece-set?ID=736329&CategoryID=31654#fn=sp%3D1%26spc%3D10%26ruleId%3D65%26slotId%3D1

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Re: What is your favorite chefs knife ?
« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2014, 11:12:28 AM »
Still using the chef's knife from a set of Carvel Hall knives I bought in the 1970s.

It's been sharpened so many times that there is a gap on the blade edge at the heel.  I should grind down the heel.  ;D

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Re: What is your favorite chefs knife ?
« Reply #18 on: January 19, 2014, 11:22:47 AM »
I like knives, chefs knives, boning knives, carving knives, skinning knives, pocket knives. Here are some of the household knives that I have. I have shown some of these before here.
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Re: What is your favorite chefs knife ?
« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2014, 02:03:27 PM »
that is quite a collection there C. Perry