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Old 11-08-2008, 10:36 AM   #11
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You want to basically take a slice off the steel. Put a kitchen towel down on a counter and rest the tip of the steel securely on the towel. Hold the knife and take a slice off the steel moving away from you. Go slow and just use the weight of the knife, not more pressure. Do it on one side of the knife then do it on the other side. Do this about 7 or 8 times and you are good to go.
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Old 11-08-2008, 10:39 AM   #12
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You want to basically take a slice off the steel. Put a kitchen towel down on a counter and rest the tip of the steel securely on the towel. Hold the knife and take a slice off the steel moving away from you. Go slow and just use the weight of the knife, not more pressure. Do it on one side of the knife then do it on the other side. Do this about 7 or 8 times and you are good to go.
Oops, I was thinking just the opposite direction would uncurl the blades edge. Thanks. I've got a few steels laying around from various knife sets I've gotten. Might as well practice on my current knives before I get a better knife.
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Old 11-08-2008, 10:45 AM   #13
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Pacanis, if you have any restaurant supply stores nearby, see if they are open to the public. See what kind of knives they carry, and how much they cost. If they have any F. Dick, or Black Diamond (made by F. Dick), those are usually the cheapest, German-quality knife you can buy.

I'm not terribly impressed with Santoku knives. They're to short for my taste, and that blunt tip isn't for me.

If I lived near you, I'd gladly let you cut through some meat and/or veggies with ALL of my knives, home and professional.

Rapidly running a knife up and down a steel is all for show. I don't run my knives that fast on my steel.
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Old 11-08-2008, 10:46 AM   #14
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pacanis, i think i'm the only person who's ever bought OXO "professional" knives, but i love mine.

it holds a decent edge so long as it's steeled regularly, and most importantly, it just feels right in my hand.

oxo is famous for their "good grips" so check them out before you finalize your decision.
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Old 11-08-2008, 10:47 AM   #15
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Here is a video that will help explain it a little better than I could.
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Old 11-08-2008, 11:23 AM   #16
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Cool vid, GB.

Sadly, the kitchen supply place that used to be reasonably close closed years ago. They wanted to start selling more major appliances and needed the room. It was a whole floor of kitchen tools, gadgets and small appliances. Like I said in my steak thread to Allen, since I don't have any knife skills, I'm sure I could get used to using whatever I decide to order. And living in the semi-sticks, that's a practical way for me to buy something anyway, but it sure is hard internet shopping without knowing exactly what I want.
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Old 11-08-2008, 11:42 AM   #17
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or, you could check out the oxo knives...
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Oh OK.... they weren't on the knife site I was on. I actually did look. Guess I'll open another window with Google.
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Old 11-08-2008, 11:53 AM   #19
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Hey, they even have them at Kohls.... I have a Kohls semi-close AND a coupon!
I wonder if they have them out where I can see them?
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Old 11-08-2008, 11:58 AM   #20
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Dexter makes a broad line of serviceable and moderately priced knives. you might want to explore their site-
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