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Old 01-01-2008, 07:22 PM   #1
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ISO steak knives

I'm looking for a moderately priced but quality steak knife set preferable US or European made. I'd appreciate suggestions. I don't need anything super high end, but I do want better than the standard Chinese stuff found in every discount store.

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Old 01-01-2008, 08:21 PM   #2
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Avoid Chicago Cutlery's steak knives. they set my mom has started out nice and sharp.. within about a month... Dull. I need to take a steel to them and straighten out the blade, then maybe sharpen them a bit.

Toothed tipped blades are far better than straight blades so look for that as well. The teeth resist dulling better than a straight blade on stoneware plates.
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Old 01-01-2008, 08:30 PM   #3
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check out the steak knives at New West Knife Works: Quality chef knives and kitchen cutlery sets

best I've come across anywhere for quality value beauty and guarantee

I'm partial to the fusionwood line
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Old 01-02-2008, 01:38 AM   #4
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Normally I'd agree with the poster that advises avoiding Chicago Cutlery, but their Kyoto line isn't too bad. They're blatant Shun knockoffs in appearance, right down to the contours and capped Pakkawood handles. The steel obviously isn't VG10, but they take a very keen edge and seem to hold it pretty well. A four pack costs about $50. They are made in China, though. Funny, Japanese-styled but made in China!
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Old 01-02-2008, 07:42 AM   #5
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If you have a TJX store in your area, check out the dining goods. In my area they have Laguiole 6-knife sets for about $15. There are some goofy color schemes on some of them, but I believe they are made in France.
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Old 01-02-2008, 01:14 PM   #6
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If you have a TJX store in your area, check out the dining goods. In my area they have Laguiole 6-knife sets for about $15. There are some goofy color schemes on some of them, but I believe they are made in France.
I saw those, too, and almost bought some but since I don't know much about knives, I thought I'd see if anyone has any experience with these. Did you get them, Doc? I have 24 steak knives I got at a restaurant supply house (tramotina, I think) that were unbelievably cheap, which was what I needed at the time. I expected them to be very crummy and last only through the big BarBQ Ibought them for but surprisingly, they are really great. Still super sharp 6 or 7 years later. They have ugly plastic handles and look very institutional but they are just too good to throw away!
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Old 01-02-2008, 01:33 PM   #7
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I'm not familiar with TJX.
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Old 01-02-2008, 01:36 PM   #8
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Laguiole isn't a "company" but a regional designation. Lots of companies make the style of knife. Some are pricey and will last through thick and thin, others like those you saw for $15 will serve for a while but not permanently.

fine cutlery does not sell for $10 a blade.
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Old 01-02-2008, 02:56 PM   #9
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Lamson Sharp, made in Massachusetts. A tad pricey but you can find good deals on Ebay, etc. They are the only brand I use.

Lamson and Godnow : 39866 - 6 Pc. Serrated Steak Knife Set [39866] - $402.50
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Avoid Chicago Cutlery's steak knives. they set my mom has started out nice and sharp.. within about a month... Dull.
Weird... my Landmark edition knives are holding up very well (especially for how cheap they are!)
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