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Old 05-21-2014, 08:46 PM   #71
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I am a fan of Shun knives. But don't go buying knifes because one person or another said they like them.
I am a firm believer that knives are very personal, and that you need to pick up the knife, hold it, feel it the weight of it and the handle are very natural to you. An awkward knife is going to be bad news, no matter what the brand.
But as brands go, buy the very best you can afford. If a knife isn't locked in a display case running with the rest of the pack, you probably don't want that as an investment. But knives are an investment, one you will always be happy you made.
There is no comparison between a quality knife and a budget knife, no matter what the brand. There are many good quality brands.
Oh and I buy each knife individually, not as a knife block set. You can get a knife block, but it doesn't have to come with pre-selected knives.
I always look along the "spine" of the knife from handle to tip to check the knife and handle are aligned properly. If there is the slightest bend you'll never be able to cut a straight line. And it isn't just cheap knives that have this problem!

This link has some useful info on choosing knives Kitchen knives buying guide
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:02 PM   #72
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I'm very happy with my Henckels International block set, augmented until I filled all the holes, and then I bought the cleaver too.

I bought them at Bed, Bath and Beyond, and BBB has an unconditional 100% return policy. I never looked back. Every knife felt perfect in my hands! I filled in the set with several more knives and when it was full I bought the 6" cleaver, and made my own block just for the cleaver.

All I can say about whole chickens, leave it to cleaver! ;) (pun)

Maybe Henkels International may not by popular for everybody but I love my set, and as one of the more senior members of DC I expect my Henckels will last me the rest of my life. Unless I trip and stick one in an essential part of my body. ;)
In that case, the knives will last longer than the rest of your life.
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Old 05-21-2014, 10:43 PM   #73
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That's what I meant although my logic may have been obtuse. All I care is that my Henckels last of MY life. If I hook up with an SO then I hope they last the rest of her life too. Since I date in my own age range I suspect whatever lasts me will last her too.
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