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Old 09-22-2010, 03:51 PM   #1
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Need some suggestions..

I'm looking for a 8" chef's knife and a 4" paring knife. I have always been fond of the Stainless look of knives. Can anyone toss some suggestions at me of knives that are completely stainless (handle and blade, yes)?

I've been doing some research, but would like to hear some opinions for you knowledgeable folks :)

Thanks!

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Old 09-22-2010, 04:12 PM   #2
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Hi Tyler. Welcome to DC.

I suggest you focus on the comfort and performance of knives over their appearance. We guys love shiny metal things but an all SS knife may not be your best choice.

Since you've been reading our knife forum, you've seen good chef's and paring knives recommended in every price range. You should look at some of those and check them out for balance, and feel in your hand. You may decide on two different brands for the two knives you're looking for.

I get my 'shiny metal' fix via SS cookware.
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Old 09-22-2010, 04:31 PM   #3
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Andy,

Thanks for the info. I've always had the fascination with SS cookware and appliances. They look awsome! haha.

Anywho, I'm thinking I will be writing down some of the top suggested knives and go check out my local cookware store and see what they got!
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Old 09-22-2010, 04:34 PM   #4
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I think you've focused on the two most-used knives in the kitchen. The only other one to consider is a bread knife. But that depends on whether you actually slice bread by hand.
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Old 09-22-2010, 05:21 PM   #5
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At the moment, I do not slice my own bread. I buy it sliced from the store. Once I get my self settled down a bit, I plan on making my own bread, which will prompt me a reason to buy a bread knife!
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:20 PM   #6
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I enjoy a Chroma Type 301 knife that has a SS handle that blends seamlessly with the blade. I prefer the 10 inch chef's knife. But my son (the professional cook) prefers the 8 inch chef's knife. Here's a site where you can look at what Chroma produces. If you want the SS handle and blade, click on the 301 line. They also make more traditional Japanese knives as well.

CHROMA Cutlery

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Old 09-22-2010, 06:31 PM   #7
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These may not be SS but may give you a look you may like.

Tojiro Flash 8.25-in. Chef's Knife - Tojiro Chef's Knives

Tojiro Flash 4-in. Paring Knife - Tojiro Paring Knives

I have the Nakiri and love it!
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Old 09-24-2010, 02:56 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the input, folks!

Would anyone be able to help me out with like a "top 10" list of the most suggested knives for a beginner?

I'm not one who goes and buy's cheap stuff, but I don't want to drop a paycheck to buy 2 knives! haha.

Thanks!
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Old 09-24-2010, 08:14 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the input, folks!

Would anyone be able to help me out with like a "top 10" list of the most suggested knives for a beginner?

I'm not one who goes and buy's cheap stuff, but I don't want to drop a paycheck to buy 2 knives! haha.

Thanks!

I hate to tell you this, but you can spend two paychecks on one knife. And I'm not kidding.

Of course, it all depends on you. My suggestion is to go to a store that sells good kitchen cutlery, and try a few on for fit. Some people like the heavier German steel knives, like Henckle, or Whusthoff Trident. Others like the French brands such as Sabatier, or even Kitchen Aid. And there are many who swear by the Japanese steel knives. I've even known a few who go to specialty American metal smiths and get custom made knives.

Your knife becomes your personal tool. No one can tell you what the best knives are.

Some good knife brands include:
Whusthoff Trident
Heckle
Sabtiere
Global
Chroma
Boker
Kyocera (ceramic knives)
Shun
Haiku
And there are other more knowledgeable people around here that really know their Japanese steel. Again, I am more than satisfied with my Chroma. I've used the same chef's knife daily for 6 years now and it's still as good as the day I opened the box (a Christmas present from my wife).

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These may not be SS but may give you a look you may like.

Tojiro Flash 8.25-in. Chef's Knife - Tojiro Chef's Knives

Tojiro Flash 4-in. Paring Knife - Tojiro Paring Knives

I have the Nakiri and love it!
Those are both stainless. The "damascus" cladding is a soft stainless rolled onto V-Gold 10 under tremendous pressure. VG-10 is also stainless, one of the more common entry level "super steels" from Japan. The Flash is okay but not really any better than the slightly cheaper DP line, also from Tojiro.
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