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Old 01-08-2009, 10:22 PM   #1
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Question Knife brand names

is cutco a good knife? I see they have a lifetime warrenty. and what about ginsu? and farberware? I want to know the good/bad/ and the ugly of these. I have looked at the farberware at walmart but I dont want to get one thats garbage.

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Old 01-09-2009, 11:40 AM   #2
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is cutco a good knife? I see they have a lifetime warrenty. and what about ginsu? and farberware? I want to know the good/bad/ and the ugly of these. I have looked at the farberware at walmart but I dont want to get one thats garbage.
Your answers: not really, not really, not really

Wade through this and then you'll be adequately informed.
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Old 01-24-2009, 08:28 PM   #3
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I have run into an odd little knife. It is a Serco, 6-3/4", #53130, stainless steel, made in Japan. Very nice hardwood handle, stainless steel rivets. The pattern is like a yanagiba. It is a stamped blade, rather than forged. The knife is light and slices cukes and tomatoes as if they were clouds. I think it is made more for fish, though. Next time I cut tuna for sushi, I'll know. The blade is thin, and springy/stiff. I know Serco is (was?) in the restaurant-ware business for years+, but I can't find anything about this knife or Serco. I am assuming it was a commercial kitchen knife, and inexpensive, but it looks like the knives the guys use in the local sushi bar.
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Old 01-24-2009, 10:28 PM   #4
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As I understand it, the best knives are from Germany or Japan. The German steel is softer and the Japanese is harder. German steel sharpens easier, but dulls faster. Japanese is harder, but is tougher to sharpen. According to the Whustoff representative whom gave me a lesson on sharpening, use a sharpening wheel for German knives and a honing stone for Japanese. Of course, there as many theories and methods as there are knives.
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Old 01-25-2009, 09:09 AM   #5
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I have a cheap yanagiba I used for slicing semi-frozen apricot pinwheels, but my chef's knife is the trick for most other slicing and chopping needs.
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Old 01-25-2009, 10:45 AM   #6
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Thank you for having a cheap Japanese knife, DrThunder88. I was afraid I was the only one here. I also rely primarily on an 8" chef's knife. I just thought this little knife was interesting. Certainly worth a quarter, and fun to use.
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Old 01-25-2009, 11:04 AM   #7
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I just bought an 8" Forschner Victorinox chef's knife and I really like it. Got it on amazon for around $25. It is a Swiss brand.
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Your answers: not really, not really, not really

Wade through this and then you'll be adequately informed.
Very Informative! thanks!
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Old 05-13-2009, 10:35 AM   #9
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Very Informative! thanks!
The author of that tutorial, Chad Ward, wrote an excellent book - here.
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Old 05-13-2009, 06:25 PM   #10
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is cutco a good knife? I see they have a lifetime warrenty. and what about ginsu? and farberware? I want to know the good/bad/ and the ugly of these. I have looked at the farberware at walmart but I dont want to get one thats garbage.

I have had a set of cutco knives for 15 years. I sharpen them about once a year and have never ever had a problem with them. I love them. Now, I am a home cook, not a pro, but in the whole time I've had them I've never even thought about buying more knives. When I go to my mom's house for family dinners and use her knives, it just makes me realize I did the right thing buying them. I will say though, there are knives in the set that just don't get used. Buy one knife, whatever kind YOU like, and then decide if you would like to have more of the same brand or try something else. Everyone is different. Experiment!!
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