General chatter - Can We Talk About Kitchen Knives Please ?




Sweetcaroline
09-27-2009, 05:19 PM
I'm in the market for some new utility knives.
The one's I have now were inexpensive and irritate the heck out of me, they are so dull... I want to buy two new ones, replace my Santoku type and try another utility type ... I want to learn how to chop and dice better, I figure with good tools I'm more apt to enjoy cooking more ...

I've got about $100 to spend, which took me forever to save, so I want the best bang for my buck..
Any recommendations ?


harrismm
09-27-2009, 05:51 PM
Mine are from papmered chef.I love them.

Wolf Goddess
09-27-2009, 06:19 PM
I've got about $100 to spend, which took me forever to save, so I want the best bang for my buck..
Any recommendations ?

You might want to take a look at this article. (http://www.onlyknives.com/the-best-kitchen-knives-for-any-budget/) It has alot of good information. I personally have great things to say about Cutco - the knives I have now are about 22 years old and still in great shape. Not only that, but they came with a lifetime warranty. If something breaks, I get sent a new one at no charge.

Knives are one thing in the kitchen not to cut corners on.


nelie
09-27-2009, 07:49 PM
Do you think you need 2 knives? I think a good chef's knife would take care of most of your needs. I don't have a recommendation in your budget but I'd suggest thinking about putting the 100 towards 1 good knife.

EZMONEY
09-27-2009, 08:20 PM
We have Cutco knives. We bought them when a daughter of friends was selling them in college...that's a big thing here...college kids selling Cutco.

We are very happy with them. We have had them come out and sharpen them....but...they always try to sell you more...always...some of these kids are good!

We probably have 20 Cutco knives...I use 2 for the most part.

murphmitch
09-27-2009, 08:22 PM
I have an electric knife sharpener. My knives are really old but I can keep them nice and sharp with it.

rocketbunny
09-27-2009, 08:34 PM
Do you think you need 2 knives? I think a good chef's knife would take care of most of your needs. I don't have a recommendation in your budget but I'd suggest thinking about putting the 100 towards 1 good knife.

I agree. $100 is enough for maybe 1 good knife. Two if you get a great deal.

http://www.cutleryandmore.com/cutlery.htm

I'm a big fan of Henckels, but Wusthof is also good. Any of the top level German made series' shown on the linked page would be considered "Good" and the prices there are usually very competitive.

Most of those series have some version of a 2-piece starter set which will include a chef's knife and a smaller utility knife, like this - http://www.cutleryandmore.com/details.asp?SKU=15074

I managed with some low end knives through college ($15-$30 range) but a few years ago scraped together for about $300 worth (5 knives) of Henckels Twin Cuisine (I love the look) and they are seriously fantastic compared to every other knife I've used (including my parents' $125 Henckels International Knife Block set from Costco). I love cooking, so they're worth it to me.

Chelby29
09-27-2009, 10:21 PM
I have Rada knives. They are very inexpensive and very sharp. They will stay sharp if you keep them out of the dishwasher. There are a couple Rada distributors at our local flea market. Do you have a close flea market?

BTW, I sing everytime I see you post: Sweet Caroline bom bom bom... :D

Sweetcaroline
09-28-2009, 05:57 PM
I have Rada knives. They are very inexpensive and very sharp. They will stay sharp if you keep them out of the dishwasher. There are a couple Rada distributors at our local flea market. Do you have a close flea market?

BTW, I sing everytime I see you post: Sweet Caroline bom bom bom... :D

LOL... thanks ! And nothing beats singing it at Fenway Park ! Fans sing it at every game.. It's a blast.

nelie
09-28-2009, 06:00 PM
This looks like a great deal, a Wusthof Grand Prix knife, normally $155 for $69.95. My main knife is a Wusthof and I love it.

http://www.cutleryandmore.com/details.asp?SKU=5788

CLCSC145
09-28-2009, 06:21 PM
I adore my Wusthof Classic knives. I've had them for 14 years and they are still sharp and indestructible. My favorite is my Santoku. I reach for that more than any other. I love to cook and I could easily get by with just a Santoku and a serrated bread knife (great for tomatoes, bread, and anything else that requires serration to get the job done right).

Sweetcaroline
09-28-2009, 06:22 PM
This looks like a great deal, a Wusthof Grand Prix knife, normally $155 for $69.95. My main knife is a Wusthof and I love it.

http://www.cutleryandmore.com/details.asp?SKU=5788

Wow... that does look like a good deal and exactly what I'm looking for.... I keep seeing the Wusthof brand everywhere too... Thanks !

Feral
09-28-2009, 06:28 PM
Cutco knives are THE JAMMMMMM!!!!! My mom bought a few from a friend of mine who was selling them in high school. They're still super sharp and my fav knives in the kitchen!

mandalinn82
09-28-2009, 08:34 PM
I am a huge fan of knives by Japanese producer Global. They are all I ever use and cut like a dream.

Suzanne 3FC
09-28-2009, 11:10 PM
I'll toss in another vote for Wusthof! I have Classic and Grand Prix and have never regretted the purchase. As some others pointed out, Cutlery and More has great prices on them. Amazon frequently puts a few on their Friday Sale, too. The Grand Prix costs a bit less because it's a closeout line, replaced by Grand Prix II. The blades are the same, but the handle was redesigned. I think the Grand Prix and Classic blades are the same. The only Wusthof knives to avoid are the Gourmet line, and Silverpoint line. They are low end knives that are not very good in comparison to the others.

sidhe
09-28-2009, 11:35 PM
I looooooove my Wusthof knives. They'll have to pry them out of my cold, dead hands. I insist on them being handwashed, handdried, and then put in the knife block IMMEDIATELY after they're used. I'll bring them with me if I'm cooking at someone else's house, even! :lol: Even if you can only afford the chef's knife, you'll never regret it! :D

JulieJ08
09-29-2009, 01:29 PM
I looooooove my Wusthof knives. They'll have to pry them out of my cold, dead hands. I insist on them being handwashed, handdried, and then put in the knife block IMMEDIATELY after they're used. I'll bring them with me if I'm cooking at someone else's house, even! :lol: Even if you can only afford the chef's knife, you'll never regret it! :D

LOL, I was helping my sister with a family gathering Sunday, and saw her MIL wash and drop her Wusthof in a drawer with other utensils! I grabbed it and put it into its sleeve for her.

ICUwishing
09-29-2009, 02:14 PM
Another fan of Cutcos - we have the steak knives, meat slicing set, and the bread knife - and I'd swear there's nothing these things won't go through. For the major kitchen experiences, our Head Chef (DH) loves our Messermeisters. They are heavy, well-balanced, and re-sharpen like a dream. Not exactly budget stuff ... but there are factory seconds available with blemishes in the handle that can make them quite reasonable.