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Old 12-25-2007, 05:31 PM   #1
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I'm looking to buy a few pieces of fairly nice cutlery. I want a nice chef's knife and maybe a boning or all-purpose knife as well. What are the good folks here using? Suggestions?

I know that Henckel and Wusthof are two of the big names, but they also have a big price. I read a few reviews of Forschner that seemed good.
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Old 12-25-2007, 06:34 PM   #2
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Unless you'rre intent on spending big bucks, Chicago cutlery is a good all around home use knife. Mine hold a good edge, with ocassional ceramic steeling. Just avoid the dishwasher and they'll do you just fine. Now, if you're doing a lot of cutting, that might be a different story.
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Old 12-25-2007, 06:35 PM   #3
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Pick up several brands if you can and see how it feels in your hands. You'll want a good feel in the grip and balance. Then buy.
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Old 12-25-2007, 06:56 PM   #4
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KG has the right idea.... Set a budget first, then go from there (and buy Shun :) )
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Old 12-25-2007, 07:03 PM   #5
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Here are some pretty good knives.
...Budget yourself...
These are what Rachel Ray uses.
(also-The Ozitech sharpner is nice)

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Old 12-25-2007, 07:24 PM   #6
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FatDad, thats where I buy my new knives also.

If you can go to a high end box store in a big fancy mall. They normally carry complete sets of high end knives on display. I go there and check out there wares, see how they feel in my hand.

Then not purchase there, come home and call the Cutlery Co. Much cheaper and great folks to deal with.
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Old 12-25-2007, 07:42 PM   #7
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This week is the time to pick up the year end after xmas mismatched sets at Williams Sonoma and the department stores. I wouldn't pay their prices during the year, but I've picked up some really great deals (including on cutlery) during this week in previous years.

You can also get some pretty good deals on Chicago Cutlery stuff at outlet malls.
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Old 12-25-2007, 07:48 PM   #8
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try Ebay as well. I picked up some high end knives for low end $$$$. be patient and you can get a good set of knives for less what you would pay for a cheep set of knives retail.

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Old 12-25-2007, 09:01 PM   #9
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We have two complete sets, one of henkel and one my grandfather passed down to me. I have no idea who makes them but they hold their edge as good as the henkels.

BTW - I use my cheap swiss army brand boning knife for nearly all my triming and general pre-smoked meat cutting. My slaughter house gives me one every year as a christmas gift and that's when I replace it. Henkel Santoku(bed bath beyond - pair for 49.00 with 20% off coupon) for carving brisket and fowl.
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Old 12-25-2007, 11:23 PM   #10
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I just got an Anolon Santoku and I'm digging it the most. It looks and feels just like the Furi that FatDad suggested, but it's considerably cheaper. Depends on what you're using it for, I suppose. Me, I tend to take my show on the road a few times a year so I'm looking for an above average knife at a reasonable price.

If these are strictly for home use and you have the money, then buy Shun. They sure are pretty...

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Old 12-26-2007, 04:03 AM   #11
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We have bot a set Henckel's and a st of Wusthof's for home use. The Henckelss were a wedding present almost 18 yrs ago. The Wustof's I got for a price I just couldn't pass up... Also have an assortment of Forschner's in the travel kit...

If your looking to get some on the cheap, I saw that Sam's had a 15 piece set of Wofgang Puck branded knives (made in China I'm sure) for $60.00. We gave my brother in law a set of these a few years ago and he still reports favorably on them.

Be sure what ever you do, you get a Santoku style knife! This has become my goto knife for 90% of my cutting and chopping chores in the kitchen...

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Old 12-26-2007, 06:17 AM   #12
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Rada knifes are all my wife will purchase. My mother had a few rada knifes and I purchased a couple at a county fair. My wife loves them
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Old 12-26-2007, 08:22 AM   #13
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Add this to your place to check for prices.


Also if you have a TJ Maxx, Marshalls or Tuesday Morning stores near you check them out. They have a limited stock of knives, but you may find what you are looking for at a greatly reduced price.
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Old 12-26-2007, 09:27 AM   #15
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Ditto on the Tuesday Morning. I got most of my mobil knives there. They were marked 25% off thier already discount price, and while I was shopping the manager came over the loudspeaker and announced that everything that was on clearance was ANOTHER 50% off... I got some great knives for $12.50 each.
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