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Old 01-07-2016, 01:28 PM   #11
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Most of us recommend against buying a set.

The basic requirements are generally considered to be:

A chef's knife or santoku for slicing, chopping, etc.
A paring knife for small hand work.
A serrated bread knife.

I'd focus on these three in a good quality knife brand and model and add them as you can afford them.

I agree 1000%.

Even if you are a beginning cook, good quality knives make a difference.

And definitely hold them before you buy.

I live Sur La Table but they are spendy. They do have loads of knives so you might try a few out and see if you can find them cheaper elsewhere or on the net.
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Old 01-07-2016, 01:35 PM   #12
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I agree 1000%.

Even if you are a beginning cook, good quality knives make a difference.

And definitely hold them before you buy.

I live Sur La Table but they are spendy. They do have loads of knives so you might try a few out and see if you can find them cheaper elsewhere or on the net.
Excellent advice. Once you find what feels right for you, you can get great bargains on the internet. Be sure to check out ebay for example.
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Old 01-07-2016, 02:27 PM   #13
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See if you can locate a Heckels outlet store (or other brand) in an outlet mall. They are set up for you to try their knives including a cutting board and vegetables to cut up.
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Old 01-07-2016, 07:28 PM   #14
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Andy, I wish there were some good outlets stores here in NYC. I'm pretty sure that they let you try knives at Sur La Table so I may start there.
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Old 01-07-2016, 08:03 PM   #15
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Andy, I wish there were some good outlets stores here in NYC. I'm pretty sure that they let you try knives at Sur La Table so I may start there.
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Old 01-07-2016, 10:54 PM   #16
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The way the knives sit on edge in the block will dull them pretty quickly. ...
That was one of the first things that I thought of when I saw that block too. Actually, that would be a warning flag to me.

Here's a picture of the type of block that I have. I noticed that the cheap Henckel sets had blocks similar to the one in your link. The more expensive sets had blocks where the knives lie on their sides.

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Can 8" serrated bread knives be used with other food items besides bread?
They are very handy for soft tomatoes and similar.
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That was one of the first things that I thought of when I saw that block too. Actually, that would be a warning flag to me.

Here's a picture of the type of block that I have. I noticed that the cheap Henckel sets had blocks similar to the one in your link. The more expensive sets had blocks where the knives lie on their sides.

Mine is similar to that but it has eight knife slots and one for kitchen shears. I have my Santoku, DH's chef's knife, a boning knife, paring knife, cheese knife, bird's beak knife, bread knife and honing steel in it.
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Mine is similar to that but it has eight knife slots and one for kitchen shears. I have my Santoku, DH's chef's knife, a boning knife, paring knife, cheese knife, bird's beak knife, bread knife and honing steel in it.
Yeah, I just looked. Mine has eight spaces and the one for the shears too. And like mine, the top left hole is for a honing steel. This one does have a slot for shears. It's the bottom one in the middle.
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...I noticed that the cheap Henckel sets had blocks similar to the one in your link. The more expensive sets had blocks where the knives lie on their sides.
I use my Mom's old knife block from her basic set. It does have the vertical slits, but the angle of the block is steeper. Rather than put my blades in sharp-side-down, I insert them with the blade facing up. The only knife I can't do that with is the highly-curved boning knife my Dad sweet-talked his butcher out of.
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