Which Chef's Knife?
I use a Samuri sword, sharpened once every three months by a Japanese man who lives three days walk from the bus-stop which then takes another 3 days to get into the town from where he gets a train for three days to the airport.
He does a cracking job, and my tomatoes and onions can be sliced with ease, which makes both my wife and Mr. Miyagi glow with contentment.
Sometimes though I use the bread knife to slice my tomatoes, but I can taste the difference on my butties.Posted 5 years agoxherbivorexSubscriber
i more or less went the CHB route, got 3 different stellar HT knives from tk maxx for a total of about 28 quid and they’re fine for me (using a steel to sharpen/hone them every couple of months). got a paring knife, 5″ utility and 7″ chef’s knife and they have everything covered for me (but i don’t eat meat so they aren’t used for that).Posted 5 years agoSkylinerMember
Ok, the time has come to chuck the endless crap Next/M&S/and a bit of ASDA knife block set in the bin. Need to start with a good chefs knife and a serated knife. God only knows where to start and to which brand etc. Anybody in the know on here? I’ve looked at Global knives and was shocked to see £150rrp for one knife (gulp)! Budget of about £70 for two if poss.Posted 5 years agowillejMember
We’ve got quite a few Global knives, most of them were wedding presents from almost 10 years ago. The ones I use most are the G2, GS5 and GSF22. They are great knives, as long as you look after them. I’ve always used a Minosharp sharpener on ours. Buy cheap, buy twice (or more)!Posted 5 years ago
emsz – Member
buy the heaviest one you think you can use. (advise from a chef friend of my dads)
Chinese slicing cleaver that.
Or simply get one that is carbon steel rather than stainless steel.
Also avoid those knives that are celebrities endorsed because you can get the same if not better quality knives at lower price.Posted 5 years agoCHBSubscriber
fave knives at the moment are stellar fm ones that I got from tacky maxx.Posted 5 years ago
Similar ones here:
Have broken 3 global knifes just using them at home, over priced and crap!
How do you ‘break’ a knife FFS? What are you doing, chopping logs?
There’s a lot of crap spouted on here if you ask me. If your’e a chef or butcher by trade, I’ll take your word as honour.
But me, I’ve a Wiltshire Staysharp carving knife which is as stiff as a porn stars willy &… is sharp, simple as.(& gets used for all sorts apart from just carving) My other sharp thing is a no-name stainless steel cleaver which is also as sharp as a sharp thing.
There again, I do ride an Orange 5 which is another brilliant all rounder. 😉Posted 5 years agoCountZeroMember
130mm Yo-Deba Sharakumono, $115
Sharakumonos are designed by “Komin Yamada”, one of the most famous designers of Japanese kitchen knives. He is the designer of the original Global knives.
The sleek one piece design makes for a very light, user friendly knife. The squares are painted by hand in a final process and are used in the packaging to identify this series.
The sleek modern look has been acknowledged by the Museum Of Modern Art in NYC which displays one of the first sets manufactured.
They employed special molybdenum vanadium steel, usually used for scalpels, and added several elements for more corrosion resistance and unique sharpness.
The awesome design features, ease of care and wow factor make them an excellent choice for gifts.Posted 5 years ago
Possibly out of your price range, but very nice.
I do like these, possibly a bit more affordable, and beautiful knives:
In particular this one:
Good choice that.
Mine is this … but ordering from this person is a pain from Taiwan and no cheaper than the above. I rather order direct from JapLand.
Both are roughly the same in design with the top one being better in steel quality, but the one at the bottom has an added advantage of having the garlic smasher at the heel of the handle.
This is a very good design so I hope there are local knifesmiths that can copy them but with better steel quality (carbon steel preferred) and better design. i.e. combine both into one.Posted 5 years agodavidtaylforthMember
Worth investing in an exclusive brand for sure.
We often have friends (I say friends, they’re really just accquaintances) round for dinner. A good quality knife set is a bit of a head turner and a good conversation starter.
I mean everyone has the Audi S4 on the drive and the Bose sound system in the living room. But a set of over priced pieces of stainless really set you apart – “this guy really knows his onions (I bet he knows how to slice them too!)”
I have no interest in cooking but I really enjoy spending vast amounts of money on quality items that I’ll never use to there full potential! (A bit like my mountain bike – but thats another story!)Posted 5 years agoCountZeroMember
‘Tis a beautiful knife, perfect for running out of the kitchen waving it when someone finds fault with the cooking!Posted 5 years ago
Your Taiwanese knife is tasty, and I like the garlic smasher on the heel, a combination of the two would be good, but its finding a smith or knife maker who can make a knife like that for reasonable money. I know a guy in Wales who forges his own blades, usually bushcraft blades, but he might be able to do a blade like that. I have a small bushcraft blade, forged spring steel, which is beautiful and truly razor sharp, that cost me £45, but I have to construct a handle as well.
£85 for the I.O. Shen seems pretty reasonable to me.
Who made the Taiwan knife?
BTW, this is the guy who forges stuff:
My blade looks a bit like the right hand one of these:
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