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Old 08-17-2011, 04:23 AM   #1
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Dexter-Russell or Victorinox?

I currently have a Farberware chef knife, and it's gotten rust along the blade and visible along the tang of the handle. I know I wasn't careful enough with it, but what the heck. Now I can upgrade!

I'm not willing to buy a $100 knife, or I'd just get a Messermeister .

It seems Dexter-Russell and Victorinox/Forschner are the preferred knives for many kitchens. I was wondering how they compared. I suspect they end up being very similar to each other maintenance-wise.

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Old 08-17-2011, 06:53 AM   #2
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Victorinox. (an old Russell without the Dexter would be awesome, but times have changed)
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Old 08-17-2011, 06:58 AM   #3
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Old Russells are good? Maybe I should jump on this eBay deal: http://cgi.ebay.com/6-Chef-Cooks-Knife-Knives-Used-Russell-Int-/260745282255?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cb5a1 42cf .
6 knives for $58.50! (I'm not really going to bid on those, but maybe someone here would like them. I just thought it was neat when I did the search).
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:49 AM   #4
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You should be able to find a Dexter Russell that suits your tastes. I prefer them to the Victorinox. They seem less prone to edge roll.
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:02 AM   #5
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Of the two I prefer the Victorinox. But a bit of rust doesn't mean you should discard the knife! Even "red" (ie active) rust isn't likely to go deep unless the knife has been corroding for a long time. A bit of work with some metal polish will fix it.

That said I find the Victorinox blades to rule supreme in their price range. They ship hair popping sharp, have good ergonomic handles and the steel is good. You have to spend a fair bit more to do better quality wise, IMO.

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Old 08-17-2011, 08:45 AM   #6
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I own and use both. ~~ Would have to give the edge to Victorinox however.
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:17 AM   #7
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I own and use both. ~~ Would have to give the edge to Victorinox however.

Ouch...

You didn't stay up all night working on that one did ya?
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:23 AM   #8
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Victorinox gets my vote!
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Old 08-17-2011, 09:30 PM   #9
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I picked up a nice 8" Victorinox at a local restaurant supply store. They're actually not expensive at all. Here's to it lasting 20 years! I have also learned a good deal more about knife care over the last year, so it should fare better than my first knife. I could buy a new Farberware for the cost of getting it sharpened (it was a cheap knife), which it desperately needs, so I think it may be retired, in any case.
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Old 08-17-2011, 10:18 PM   #10
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I have quite few Dexter Russel knives and they are very good knives. However I recently got Dexter knife and it is not ass good as it used to be.
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