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Old 01-03-2007, 02:34 PM   #11
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the bigger problem is really figuring out where to keep the case!

i guess it could go in the crawlspace with my luggage
and I'm not actually expecting anyone to answer that question for me
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Old 01-03-2007, 03:30 PM   #12
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the logic makes sense, but that begs the question - what's your preferred method of storage, then?
Another excellent way to store them is with a magnetic holder. Very hygienic and very safe.
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Old 01-03-2007, 03:36 PM   #13
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The steel that comes with cheap knife sets can actually do more damage than good.

The cheapest you will be able to get a quality steel will be in the $20-$25 range.

I don't want to be too harsh here but the knives that you showed look like the Maxam cutlery sold on eBay.

If I wanted a knife set in the $50.00 range I would get something like Chicago Cutlery or Mundial.

Amazon.com: Chicago Cutlery Steel 8-pc. Block Set: Home & Garden

Mundial Elegance 3-pc. Santoku Knife Set - Mundial Cutlery Sets
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Old 01-03-2007, 03:44 PM   #14
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and anything that moist and dark is bound to cause mildew.
The slits in my block go all the way through so there is no "bottom" thus no way for the moisture to stay there and grow.
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Old 01-03-2007, 03:48 PM   #15
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Another excellent way to store them is with a magnetic holder. Very hygienic and very safe.
I've been using a magnetic strip for years. It's the best solution for me. It frees up counter space and my knives are out in the open for selection and access.
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Old 01-03-2007, 03:52 PM   #16
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GB, I've just started looking at those. A viable option if it'll fit under the cabinets.

Ron, thanks for the tip. I'm leaning more and more towards returning the big set. I don't think they're good enough quality to warrant keeping. Bigger isn't always better. Inexpensive is nice, but too much for your money is a good clue as to what you're getting.
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Old 01-03-2007, 04:30 PM   #17
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We put our knife strips on the sides of our cabinets.

We have a window over the sink and have a cabinet on both sides of the window.

A 12" strip will hold the knives that come in an 8 pc set plus one or two more.

On one strip we keep a

8" chef's
8" utility
7" santoku
6" utility
5" serrated utility
3.5" parer
8" bread knife

On the other we keep

6 steak knives
2 birds beak parers
3" drop point parer
4" parer
3.5" parer

The strip with the smaller knives we rotate them one handle up, the next one down and so on. This way lets you put more knives on the same strip.
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Old 01-03-2007, 04:31 PM   #18
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Silver, I reach for my chef knife. It is very good quality and it is what I use most.

But some paring knives for four or five bucks every few years at the economy restaurant supply. They do pretty well, can be sharpened, and tossed without regret.

Have been given inexpensive knife sets and they don't work well, at least in muy opinion, and we cooked for years poorer than church mice.

For a while lived on one pot, a frying pan and a hibachi. And did really well. Amazing what one can do when one is limited.

We think about those times now and laugh, we learned a lot.

One decent chef knife, kept sharp, and a paring knife or two, will be a better investment than a whole set at eight bits a knife.

At least in my humble opinion.
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Was about to get the Henkel ones from Target but read the label 'MADE IN CHINA". There's no way I will buy them now. Aren't these suppose to be European?
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Old 01-04-2007, 08:31 PM   #20
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So I returned the case full of knives (I wasn't convinced of their quality and they really didn't seem to be particularly sharp). I instead kept the boning and chef's knife previously discussed/shown. I also used a few of the dollars from the return of the case and picked up this little knife for my gf:




She sure does think it's purdy! Plus 10% of the wholesale price goes to breast cancer research (although it's already been wholesaled [wholesold?] but we like to support the various breast cancer research initiatives). It's actually got some good weight to it and will make a nice little utility knife.
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