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Old 06-05-2014, 11:12 AM   #11
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There you go then. Wait'll I tell DxW we are doing something society thinks is right. Neither of us put our knives in the bottom of a dishpan full of dishes lest one cut one's fingers while washing up the plates.

None of the knives I use have a finger guard/ or however you are describing. ? . The blade depth is at its max before the handle and if you are gripping/ holding/ it properly your fingers shouldn't be down near the blade. I think the only time I cut myself is using a paring knife. And yes I occasionally still manage to do this.

If you are experiencing difficulty seeing a close up of the pics in your link, go to google images or Amazon and type in the make/ model/ info of the knives you are considereing. Or the product manufacturer itself. I am pretty sure on one of these sites you can "hover" over their images and it will enlarge for better views.
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:25 AM   #12
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My thought is that a knife is a very personal choice, much as someone already pointed out as with trying on shoes. Everyone's hands are a different size and, in my case, have challenges. My challenge is arthritis, which makes holding some handle shapes problematic.

I think, if it is possible, I'd write a lovely note to the recipient and promise to accompany them to a knife store and allow them to touch, handle and feel various knives until they settle on one that is suitable. Not only would the recipient get the proper knife, you would have the pleasure of accompanying them. Your time shopping with your friend would be an added gift, something the one can't put a price on.
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:38 AM   #13
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A 9 inch knife is pretty big.

My longest one is 8 inches. That's a standard chef's knife.

But again, length, shape, heft are all hugely personal factors.
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Old 06-05-2014, 12:53 PM   #14
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My thought is that a knife is a very personal choice, much as someone already pointed out as with trying on shoes. Everyone's hands are a different size and, in my case, have challenges. My challenge is arthritis, which makes holding some handle shapes problematic.

I think, if it is possible, I'd write a lovely note to the recipient and promise to accompany them to a knife store and allow them to touch, handle and feel various knives until they settle on one that is suitable. Not only would the recipient get the proper knife, you would have the pleasure of accompanying them. Your time shopping with your friend would be an added gift, something the one can't put a price on.
+1 and at the checkout stand have them give you a penny. For what it's worth, my chef knife sits in the block while my Santoku knife does the daily work.
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Old 06-05-2014, 12:59 PM   #15
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I agree that the knife should be a personal fit so would give a gift certificate.
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Old 06-05-2014, 01:19 PM   #16
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Since a knife is a personal choice, I would suggest a gift certificate. I know they can exchange a gift, but would need the receipt.
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I agree that the knife should be a personal fit so would give a gift certificate.

^^^^^ These posts are how I would handle this.
I cannot count how many kitchen tools that have been given to me, that I did not like. Including a set of Henkels "ever sharp" knives!

Countless tools reside in my basement for my children to find when I am long gone. I would give the tools to them now, but have no idea where exactly they are. In several odd boxes, I'm certain.
Maybe if we do move one day, I can find all these things. Would make one hell of a yard sale.
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Old 06-05-2014, 01:38 PM   #17
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My thought is that a knife is a very personal choice, much as someone already pointed out as with trying on shoes. Everyone's hands are a different size and, in my case, have challenges. My challenge is arthritis, which makes holding some handle shapes problematic.

I think, if it is possible, I'd write a lovely note to the recipient and promise to accompany them to a knife store and allow them to touch, handle and feel various knives until they settle on one that is suitable. Not only would the recipient get the proper knife, you would have the pleasure of accompanying them. Your time shopping with your friend would be an added gift, something the one can't put a price on.
I think this is a great idea
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Old 06-05-2014, 08:35 PM   #18
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MY knife is the 240mm (9.4 inch) Hatori HD8. I had been using an 8inch Henckle before that. When I pick up an 8inch knife it feels really small now. Sometimes I wish I had gone to th3 270mm (10.6 inch).

Mind you these knives do not have a bolstered heel, which is what you are looking for.

And mine was a gift
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Here we go. Anatomy of a Knife | Mercer Cutlery
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Old 06-06-2014, 11:24 AM   #20
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Thanks for the right term--bolstered heel. If I were to give this person a gift certificate, the person would not use it because the person would insist I cannot afford it. I have been setting aside $ from extra projects (cooking, helping with people's gardens, personal shopper) for this gift (money I won't miss--what my mom would call "mad money.") Obviously, this person has a more comfortable lifestyle than I do and can afford a good knife (or two or three). The thing is, I went years without a good knife--had great pans, etc., but lousy knives. I think a good knife is a great gift, and will include a quarter in the card.
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