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Old 01-04-2011, 08:00 PM   #1
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Best Knives I Can Get for Under $50?

Recap from my first post: I'm 43, just decided (after watching the food network for a year and a half) that it's time I started cooking some nice suppers for my family.

I'm looking to get decent quality knives at a pretty cheap price.

Are the following items the best I can do for under $50?

Victorinox 47520 Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife $27 http://www.amazon.com/Victorinox-475...=3MKPTD4TB6A20

Victorinox 47508 3-1/4-Inch Paring Knife $10 http://www.amazon.com/Victorinox-475...=3MKPTD4TB6A20

AccuSharp 001 Knife Sharpener $9 http://www.amazon.com/AccuSharp-1-00...=3MKPTD4TB6A20

I don't intend to be a pro...I just want to be good enough to impress my family

Thanks for all your help.

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Old 01-04-2011, 09:45 PM   #2
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Go here : Wusthof Trident Irregulars

Spend the $58 for a Wusthof 8 inch chefs knife knife. It's a cosmetic irregular, but who cares? It's a much better knife than the others you are considering. It will last forever.

And the seller, Cookware and More, is very reputable ... And may become your best friend.
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Old 01-04-2011, 11:04 PM   #3
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The knives you list are acceptable, TripleB, but that sharpener is junk! Stay away from it. Instead, try the Edgemaker Pro. It's effective and much better for your knives.

Good luck with the culinary journey!
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:27 AM   #4
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foodies are probably more passionate about their knives than almost anything else. That said, the VIctorinox Forschner w/ fibrox handle is a good food service quality knife with good shapenability and edge holding qualities. Many pros use them. I have a set for when I travel and am always happy using them.
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Go here : Wusthof Trident Irregulars

Spend the $58 for a Wusthof 8 inch chefs knife knife. It's a cosmetic irregular, but who cares? It's a much better knife than the others you are considering. It will last forever.
I second the $58 Wustof. This was my first decent knife (although I had the 10 inch). I got it for a wedding gift and loved it. I still have it and use it for cutting through big melons and things like that where a bit of heft comes in handy. I have since graduated to Japanese knives and and thrilled I did, but for your purposes those would be overkill right now and also out of your price range. The Wustof in the link Jenny gave you would be an excellent choice.
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I would have to second the Victorinox Forschner, although I like the wood handle version. I use the Edgemaker Pro on mine, and it does a good job with minimal learning curve and little time.

I would also look at a good smooth steel. The old F Dick's are among the best, and they are readily available on ebay.
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For heavy cutting, I've found knives handled like the below pictured Dexter Russell to be more comfortable and controllable.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:16 AM   #8
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Victorinox Forschner, or Dexter Russell are your best bets for low cost high quality knives. These knives are used in professional environments and really take a beating there. They are made to be comfortable to use (although this is subjective). I have Wusthoff knives but if I had to replace them it would be with one of these brands because they would easily fit into my budget and last a long time (the Wusthoff were a gift, couldn't have afforded this set myself)

If you have a restaurant supply store nearby go check out their knives, chances are they will have one or both of these brands.
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I really like my Mercer, they are not expensive because the are manufactured in taiwan, keeping the price down. But they are made european style with German steel. The Santuko is a great starter knife (to each thier own, of course) it runs around 40 bucks. This is also the brand used on Airforce One...very sharp as well!
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I'll second what Bill said. Dexter, makes very good commercial quality knives. They are inexpensive on line and even cheapper if yuo find a restaurant supplier in town. Half of my knives are Dexter Russel. They have different lines for all kind of taste. They stay fariloy sharp and are easy to sharpen if need to be. For the price though you can just keep buyin the new one efvery time it needs sharpening.
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If it is possible for you, you should source out a restaurant cutlery supplier. A company that rents and sharpens knives will also sell used, sharpened ones. I have bought a professional cleaver, 8 inch chef and a boning knife all for 30 bucks. They are as good as you will ever need.
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Victorinox Forschner, or Dexter Russell are your best bets for low cost high quality knives. These knives are used in professional environments and really take a beating there. They are made to be comfortable to use (although this is subjective). I have Wusthoff knives but if I had to replace them it would be with one of these brands because they would easily fit into my budget and last a long time (the Wusthoff were a gift, couldn't have afforded this set myself)

If you have a restaurant supply store nearby go check out their knives, chances are they will have one or both of these brands.
I'll second this post. I know two professional chefs who use Victorinox Forschners. Their steel is excellent and, being a bit softer on the Rockwell scale than Wustoffs, are easier to keep steeled and edged.

I use a 12" Victorinox in my kitchen for cabbage, melons, etc. when I'm in need of a bigger knife than my 10" Sab. I also use the 12" Victorinox, and a 10" Victorinox, for cutting game (chops, roasts, etc) after I've made the largest cuts with my Old Hickory 14 and 16" butcher knives.

The composite handle doesn't squirrel all over in the blood and gore like the Sabs, Wustoffs, etc. The grips remain secure and firm in my hands in these messy situations. They'll do the same for you.

This goes double for large fish.
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Old 01-10-2011, 06:54 AM   #13
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Is a pairing knife with a standard blade or a serrated blade more useful in the home kitchen?

Thanks for all your input.

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Old 01-10-2011, 07:32 AM   #14
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For me a paring knife is more useful IMO. I use a serrated blade (aka bread knife) for slicing bread and pineapples and that is about it. And if I really had to then a sharp chefs knife could do both of those things just fine. A paring knife compliments a chefs knife for jobs that need detailed work or fine movements. When I used to have to cut grapes in half for my kids I would reach for my paring knife. Yes my chefs knife would have worked for that as well, but I was able to move faster with the paring knife.

Get your chefs knife first. You can always get a bread knife or paring knife later on down the road. For now, you should be able to use your chefs knife for just about everything and as you work you will start to realize when you would appreciate having a bread or paring knife. You will then know for you which will be more important.
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:32 AM   #15
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I was planning on getting this Victorinox paring knife: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

but the Kuhn Rikon Paring knife gets great reviews (in all colors) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER.

It's hard to tell from the pics but the handle on the Kuhn Rikon looks shorter than the Victorinox.

Any thoughts on these two?

Thanks for your help and your patience.

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Old 01-10-2011, 02:48 PM   #16
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The Kuhn Rikon is a really nice little knife. It fits very securely in the supplied "saya" and holds an edge pretty well. It's definitely a cut above the Victorinox (no pun intended). That said both are nice little knives.
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