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Unread 08-11-2009, 12:56 PM   #1
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Thumbs up eBay Carbon Steel Cutlery Scores

Yeah, I'm a dork.

I came home from Lockhart a couple weeks ago completely fascinated (obsessed?) with all aspects of Central Texas BBQ. Being a photographer, I've been particularly moved and motivated by the Wyatt McSpadden book I picked up

Anyway, I figured the guys at Kreuz & Smitty's know more about meat cutting than I every will. And I've been jonesing for a dedicated carving knife I can keep hidden from my wife. So decided to see how cheap I could find Dexter knives on eBay like the ones the cool guys use. Here's what I got...


$12.50 plus shipping for all three. SCORE!


This 12" carver is the same model number the pitmaster at Kreuz uses. (No doubt that was the only thing keeping my brisket from being as good as theirs...)


Also found me a 2.5lb cleaver for $6.50 plus flat-rate shipping. <grin> I know 2.5lbs doesn't sound like much, but nothing I've ever handled from Henckels or Wusthof compares to this. My Vaughan framing hammer weighs less.




These are my two favs. The others are just gravy.

I've spent a few hours here and there over the last week learning how to sharpen them and finally got it down. Now all of them have a razor edges that will shave hairs off my arm (or gush blood before you even notice the cut...) with zero effort. Can't wait for the next batch of BBQ. Need to make some carne asada tacos now just for an excuse to get that cleaver out...
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Unread 08-11-2009, 01:57 PM   #2
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nice knives.... i love my cleaver
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which sharpening method did you use?
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Those are some mean looking knives. Definitely hide those from the wife!

I'm in the market for a cleaver myself...
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the dishwasher is not your friend with any good knife.
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the dishwasher is not your friend with any good knife.

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Those are AWESOME!

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Nice score !!!

Makes we want some too..

Here's a short video clip of Kreuz' knives and a few others (found in one of the links above to the McSpadden book)

http://www.wyattmcspadden.com/texas-bbq/videos.html
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That old Dexter slicer is a beauty, carbon steel is the best for knives if you are willing to care for them.
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which sharpening method did you use?
Combination Japanese water stone & a leather strop with jeweler's rouge. Been using that combo forever on chisels & plane irons. But it just wasn't cutting it (ha!) at first on the knives. Couldn't get an edge. Finally I put a new bevel on with some 180 grit on the belt sander and everything just fell into place.
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Man I got to get me that book. Thanks.
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Kind of makes me want to go to Texas, and check out the Kreuz market. I'll bet it's good! Nice knives.

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