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Old 08-09-2012, 11:33 PM   #11
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+1 I have both--Henkel and Wiltshire and Chicago Cutlery. I like my Henkel knives the best...
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Love my Henckles.
Wow! Who knew? I love my Henckels knife block set. I originally wanted a different Henckels set but BB&B was out of stock so the manager offered me a Henckels knife block set marked at $200 for substantially less (maybe $160?) and then I used a 20% off coupon... Then I bought several additional Henckels knives until the block didn't have any more room, and bought a cleaver too!

I probably spent a about $250 for the whole thing and it was the best kitchen money I ever spent. (I bought the additional knives over a 6 month period.)

My advice is that anybody who has a serious interest in cooking should just buy a full knife block set from any of the top manufacturers. I was amazed at the feeling of always having the exact right knife for any task!

My scissors and cleaver are the perfect thing for attacking any whole chicken whether I want it spatchcocked or pieced out!
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:33 AM   #12
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So I don't have any knives. I do all my cutting with one steak knife. Is there a set someone could recommend I buy? Could you possibly include a link to them, or at least describe price, and uses of each one.
This is a bit like saying, "I don't have a car, but I want one. What car should I buy?" Do you live in Hawaii or Alaska?

The obvious questions are:

-What is your skill level?
-What do you like to cook?
-How do you intend to maintain your knives (ie. sharpen them)?
-What is your budget?

Toss us a a bone, here! We'll be happy to offer advice if you can narrow down what you want.
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:51 AM   #13
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while I like Shun, and that is a majority of my kit, there are a LOAD of options out there, as you have seen.

one thing to remember too, weather building your roll by the piece, or set, quality doesn't cost, it pays. A good set WILL set you back initially, but, it is an investment, and good knives, honed and well maintained will last generations. break the price up over a decade even, and you will see that they run you just a few dollars a year to own.

don't skimp on knives, you really do get what you pay for, and it's best to purchase once, and not worry abut it, instead of buying sub-par products that dull quickly, and won't last.
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Old 08-10-2012, 08:42 AM   #14
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Speaking from a non-professional stance only, I certainly would have a "set" of knives if I could afford them, You don't necessarily need to purchase a matched set of knives, particularly when you aren't certain what feels good in your hand. In my case, I have many knives that I inherited. Most of them do not even have a maker's mark and are much older than I am. (I am nearly 60) They are carbon steel with wooden handles, and will rust in a hurry unless tended properly. Many of those do not have the original handles and were replaced by hand by my forebears. They were mainly used in hog-killin'.
The knife I reach for most often is not the most expensive knife I own. It is a Joyce Chen chinese cleaver. It fits my hand well and I can control it better than any other knife I own. It certainly needs attention from time to time but it suits me, and I am pretty fair with the stones. While a high quality knife is all well and good, if it is uncomfortable to use and control it can be a very dangerous object.
Again, I am speaking as strictly a home/camp cook without the need for professional tools....But even then I would recommend you do not purchase an expensive knife without having had it in your hand first.
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:10 AM   #15
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I agree with Tat, good quality pays. I expect my Henckels set will outlast me.

And Hoot with a cleaver, my feet kind of creep out whenever I use my cleaver. I totally focus on the single task and clean and put away the cleaver ASAP. I shudder to think of what could happen if I dropped it. This is no time for slippery fingers.
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:13 AM   #16
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I agree with Tat, good quality pays. I expect my Henckels set will outlast me.

And Hoot with a cleaver, my feet kind of creep out whenever I use my cleaver. I totally focus on the single task and clean and put away the cleaver ASAP. I shudder to think of what could happen if I dropped it. This is no time for slippery fingers.
Don't you have the reflex of being able to jump backwards faster than a knife falls from counter height? I would have thought that just about everyone on DC had that reflex.
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Personally, I have a great cleaver, I love it, and at home I use it almost exclusively. Using the tip for fine cutting, the middle for roll chopping, the heel for bones/tougher cuts, the whole thing as a board scraper or spatula to transfer stuff to the pot. . it's a one stop shop really.
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If you can afford it, I love my Gunter Wilhelm Model 201 set, without the steak knives (I already had two sets of steak knives!). I used to have Henckles, but when I got the Wilhelms I gave the Henckles to a close personal friend who I knew would appreciate them because she had no good knives.

BTW, I can atest to the Gunter Wilhelm lifetime guarantee. I have had the knives for around 8 years now and have had two knives replaced with no hassle. About 3 years ago my paring knife developed a discoulored spot on the blade. I simply sent them an email with a photo of it and they sent me a new one. Then a couple of weeks ago I noticed there was a loose rivet in the handle of my 8-inch chef's knife. Again I sent them an email, they replied by asking my shipping address, and about a week later I had a brand spanking new chef's knife sitting on my front porch when I got home from the gym.
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Personally, I have a great cleaver, I love it, and at home I use it almost exclusively. Using the tip for fine cutting, the middle for roll chopping, the heel for bones/tougher cuts, the whole thing as a board scraper or spatula to transfer stuff to the pot. . it's a one stop shop really.
I used to have a cleaver that I bought in China Town for $10. It rusted very easily, but was easy to sharpen. I used that for everything. Like TATT, I used it to transfer stuff to the pot or where ever. My ex-DH got it. I need another cleaver, and not a bone cleaver like I bought at a rummage sale.

Now, I know the difference.
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If you can afford it, I love my Gunter Wilhelm Model 201 set, without the steak knives (I already had two sets of steak knives!). I used to have Henckles, but when I got the Wilhelms I gave the Henckles to a close personal friend who I knew would appreciate them because she had no good knives.

BTW, I can atest to the Gunter Wilhelm lifetime guarantee. I have had the knives for around 8 years now and have had two knives replaced with no hassle. About 3 years ago my paring knife developed a discoulored spot on the blade. I simply sent them an email with a photo of it and they sent me a new one. Then a couple of weeks ago I noticed there was a loose rivet in the handle of my 8-inch chef's knife. Again I sent them an email, they replied by asking my shipping address, and about a week later I had a brand spanking new chef's knife sitting on my front porch when I got home from the gym.
Now that's an impressive guarantee.
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