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Old 06-01-2014, 08:11 AM   #1
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Fascinating edition of BBC Radio 4's "The Food Programme" about (kitchen) knives. It include a piece about specialist Japanese traditional knife makers who have and apprenticeship of many years and produce knives costing, in one case, £1400 (approx. $2100 if my maths are correct) each and are fine enough and sharp enough to not only peel a tomato very finely but also split the resulting peel into skin and flesh!!

And did you know that high end (VERY high end) bespoke knives are made right- or left-handed?

Someone hand me a millionaire, please.

It also mentioned research which has shown the effect of the development of knives on the development of teeth positions in various cultures including ours.

Worth listening to it on-line if you have time.
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Fascinating edition of BBC Radio 4's "The Food Programme" about (kitchen) knives. It include a piece about specialist Japanese traditional knife makers who have and apprenticeship of many years and produce knives costing, in one case, £1400 (approx. $2100 if my maths are correct) each and are fine enough and sharp enough to not only peel a tomato very finely but also split the resulting peel into skin and flesh!!

And did you know that high end (VERY high end) bespoke knives are made right- or left-handed?

Someone hand me a millionaire, please.

It also mentioned research which has shown the effect of the development of knives on the development of teeth positions in various cultures including ours.

Worth listening to it on-line if you have time.
Custom made Japanese knives can cost as much as $10,000. SOME very high end knives are made left- or right-handed.
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Custom made Japanese knives can cost as much as $10,000. SOME very high end knives are made left- or right-handed.
Certainly knocks my Ikea specials out of the frame.
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I don't know one person who owns a $10,000. knife.
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I don't know one person who owns a $10,000. knife.
True, but we bought some Le Creuset and All Clad yesterday, so it feels like we own a $10,000.00 knife!
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True, but we bought some Le Creuset and All Clad yesterday, so it feels like we own a $10,000.00 knife!

Big spenders! What did you get?
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Custom made Japanese knives can cost as much as $10,000. SOME very high end knives are made left- or right-handed.
Yet, I'd bet they don't chop an onion any better than my Wusthof.
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Yet, I'd bet they don't chop an onion any better than my Wusthof.
And if they did, who cares?
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Big spenders! What did you get?
A Le Creuset 5 qt. casserole/braiser and a 12" All Clad ss, deep side, covered skillet. I wanted a large Le Creuset oval roaster/ Dutch oven, but they only had ones that were the same size as the round one we already have.
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A Le Creuset 5 qt. casserole/braiser and a 12" All Clad ss, deep side, covered skillet. I wanted a large Le Creuset oval roaster/ Dutch oven, but they only had ones that were the same size as the round one we already have.
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