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Old 08-09-2010, 05:57 AM   #11
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For $200 you can get some really decent knives if you stay away from sets. For the novice cook who may or may not get more into cooking as time goes on you can get either Wustoff or Henckles knives and be very happy with them.
Like with any endeavor, a quality tool might encourage you to use it more often!
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:00 AM   #12
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Another vote for an 8" Chef's Knife, a paring knife, a $5 serrated bread knife, and a steel for re-aligning your edges. To be honest, I prefer a super-sharp chef's knife over the bread knife, and reached the point long-ago where I choke up on the chef's knife and use it as a paring knife.

You can easily get these pieces for $200 or less.

Most important is that you go to a physical store and hold the knives. Make sure they feel comfortable - as the best knives are useless if you never use them due to discomfort. Also watch some videos on the proper use of a chef's knife - improper holding can lead to inefficiency and injury.

To be real honest, I would get an 8" Chef's Knife, a steel, and a 3-stone honing system for keeping your blade like a razor. This would probably run about $200 all together.
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:16 AM   #13
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and reached the point long-ago where I choke up on the chef's knife and use it as a paring knife.
I enjoy doing this too, however I can only do it with my 8" lighter Japanese blade as opposed to my heavier larger 10" Wustof chefs knife.
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Old 08-10-2010, 01:25 AM   #14
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I'm a fan of Japanese knives, but if you're an inexperienced home cook that's not a food geek or knife nerd, Henckels, Wusthof or Messermeister will do you fine. If I'm only going to have one chef's knife I'd go with a 10". My recommendation would be this Messermeister Chef's Knife 10". If you're really more comfortable with an 8 incher, I'd suggest Messermeister 2 Pc Starter Set- you get an 8" chef's knife and a nice paring knife for a pretty good price. Of course, you can also get just the chef's knife and a cheap paring knife. The other knife I'd recommend is Kershaw Kai Shun Wasabi Black 9" Bread Knife. It has the same scalloped serrations as the much more expensive Shun line but it's only $35. I have two of them, one for my work knife case and one in case I lose the first one. It's that good. No need to spend much more. I like the Messermeisters best of all Germans because they don't have full bolsters. This allows you to sharpen the entire length of the blade, something which you can't really do with your stardard Wusthofs.

You can do 99% of all the cutting chores you'll ever face with those three knives. Toss in a peeler and you're all set. If you "catch the bug" and start cooking as a serious hobby you might want to add a few more knives (maybe for meat cutting and stuff like that) but those 3 will be a great start.

To keep them all sharp, I've long recommended the Edgemaker Pro set. It's very easy to use and will keep those types of knives good and sharp. The whole set is just under 30 bucks and will probably last you your whole life. You can even use the yellow "handy honer" to keep your bread knife sharp- that's one great thing about the scalloped-style serrations.
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:10 AM   #15
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Wow, that 2 knife set looks like a deal. That plus the bread knife could be had for < $200!
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:12 AM   #16
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Yes, just three good knives are all you want, really. Not even a peeler because with a bit of dexterity, taters peel up a dream with a small 3 kitchen knife under a running tap.
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I'm pretty handy with a knife (20+ years as a chef) but I still prefer a peeler.
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I'm pretty handy with a knife (20+ years as a chef) but I still prefer a peeler.
I like the peeler as well. It seems to waste less as well.
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:42 PM   #19
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Plus, I'm lazy!
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Old 08-12-2010, 05:30 AM   #20
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Plus, I'm lazy!
Me too, with the Hobart. Beats spud bashing all day.



Three knives is all you really need. The quality is all there if you spend a little bit more.
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