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Old 01-08-2009, 11:15 PM   #1
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Question I need help looking for a good chef knife

I am looking for a good chef knife but I dont have a ton of money. I dont want to spend more then $50.00 for the knife. now I have looked around a bit and I see there is a Santoku knife so witch is the better choice? or is there not much differance? BTW if you have not figured out this will be my 1st good knife buy.



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Old 01-08-2009, 11:19 PM   #2
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Better choice between which two? I see the Santoku listed (which in my opinion is a very nice knife), but no other?
They had more than a few really good knifes down at the Bed, Bath & Beyond and if you use a coupon you might even end up being able to get a couple of knives instead of one. Also the sales associates were very helpful in helping us make the selections.
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:22 PM   #3
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I think the difference is appreciable and very personal. I would recommend getting yourself somewhere that you can see and feel the difference in your own hands and compare them. Handle the knife the way you think you would handle it in your own kitchen. I would encourage you to double-check the warranty in case you aren't pleased with your purchase.

There are plenty of suitable knives out there under $50, especially for a first purchase. There are also plenty out there for 10x that price. Be careful.
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:24 PM   #4
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I agree, no matter where you go you gotta handle the knife first!
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:27 PM   #5
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do you have a brand preferance? for a knife in that price area?

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I think the difference is appreciable and very personal. I would recommend getting yourself somewhere that you can see and feel the difference in your own hands and compare them. Handle the knife the way you think you would handle it in your own kitchen. I would encourage you to double-check the warranty in case you aren't pleased with your purchase.

There are plenty of suitable knives out there under $50, especially for a first purchase. There are also plenty out there for 10x that price. Be careful.
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:29 PM   #6
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I never thought of BBB I will go there tomorow. thanks a lot

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Better choice between which two? I see the Santoku listed (which in my opinion is a very nice knife), but no other?
They had more than a few really good knifes down at the Bed, Bath & Beyond and if you use a coupon you might even end up being able to get a couple of knives instead of one. Also the sales associates were very helpful in helping us make the selections.
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Old 01-09-2009, 12:50 PM   #7
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I am looking for a good chef knife but I dont have a ton of money. I dont want to spend more then $50.00 for the knife. now I have looked around a bit and I see there is a Santoku knife so witch is the better choice? or is there not much differance? BTW if you have not figured out this will be my 1st good knife buy.


Take a look at the Tojiro DP. It's a tad more money than you requested but there are a couple other alternatives if needed. This model Tojiro is made of stain resistant Sandvik Swedish steel. Excellent stuff. The blade profile is thinner than non Japanese knives so it cuts better. The Swedish steel can be made more sharp than non Japanese knives so it cuts better. The edge lasts longer than non Japanese knives so it cuts better longer. It is easy to sharpen.

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edit: you can get a Santoku for $52

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Old 01-09-2009, 08:08 PM   #8
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+1 on the Tojiro DP, it's pretty much untouchable at the price. As per chef's knife vs santoku, both are useful, but the chef's knife is more versatile. If you were only going to one larger knife it should be the chef's, it will do almost everything pretty well.

The Forschner Fibrox line is also very good for the price: the 8" Chef's Knife is $25, and the 10" version is $27. They're sharp out of the box, hold an edge pretty well and are easy to resharpen. I've used the Fibrox knives at work quite a bit and consider them a real bargain.
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Old 01-09-2009, 08:25 PM   #9
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Masahiro knives are a great buy. This 180mm Santoku is only $42.95:



There are several other sizes and styles available for similar prices here.
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Old 01-09-2009, 11:54 PM   #10
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There are a surprisng number of good knives around your price point. While knives get expensive fast, the improvement is not linear with the cost. A knife costing 2x more is not 2x the edge holding and so on. At least once you hit a certian minimum level of quality.

The cheapest knives of decent quality are the Forschner Fibrox line. The japanese knives listed above are better than those. Whether they're worth it is a fairly subjective experience.

I own and use knives more expensive than the Forschners, but the Forschners I own I really like.

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