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Old 01-02-2007, 07:13 PM   #1
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Proper cutting?? Help! Wusthof knives

Paul gave me a set of Wusthof knives for Christmas. I love them but... have no idea of the "RIGHT" way to use them. I've been using cheap horrid no name unsharpened pieces of metal for years... and don't think I've been cutting and slicing as much as tearing, ripping and smashing.

Any good advice or websites would be welcome. Thank you!!

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Old 01-02-2007, 07:24 PM   #2
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Try this There are diferent technicks on this page. Oof took 10 minutes to make it look right. Can never remeber how to add link in here.
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Old 01-02-2007, 07:25 PM   #3
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Gee, I just love google...
Do a search on 'knife skills'. The first pick has Alton Brown, and everyone knows how cool he is.

Something to remember is that you want the blade to do the work, not the weight of the knife. And keep your fingers curled in... A cut from a sharp knife heals quicker and easire than a cut from a dull knife.

Practice, too. You're used to the knives you've been using. These will feel unfamiliar at first.

Good luck.
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Old 01-02-2007, 07:46 PM   #4
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Something I give to all the noobs I've hired, as well as loads of hands on teaching.

How To Guides - Basic Knife Techniques
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Old 01-02-2007, 07:55 PM   #5
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I knew I could count on you guys! Thank you!!

You're so right Vera... these feel so different. It's scary! lol!
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Old 01-02-2007, 07:58 PM   #6
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Just remember to take your time and respect the knife, lill grashopper. Keep them sharp too, most accidents happen because of dull knives.
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Old 01-02-2007, 08:01 PM   #7
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lol... Tat.. I think the first accident will happen because these are soooooo sharp! I've never ever ever had a sharp knife before.
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Old 01-02-2007, 08:46 PM   #8
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Congrats on your new knives! I have a Wusthof myself and I love it dearly, and take the best care of it that I can. Tattrat's link is a really great place to start. It WILL feel uncomfortable at first, but you'll get used to it.

If you want to truly take the best care of your knife that you can, make sure you know how to properly use a steel and learn how to use a sharpening stone. I know a lot of folks send their knives out to be sharpened, but its really very easy, and only take about 5 minutes to do. Its easy and it will protect your blade, and help it to keep a great edge longer.

I actually tried a water stone on my knife for the first time today, and I have to say it really puts a great edge on your blade. Might be something you want to investigate later, but for now focus on just getting comfortable with your knives.

BTW, which set of Wusthof did you get?
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Old 01-03-2007, 08:18 AM   #9
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PDS - Congrats! A sharp knife is the ultimate tool in the kitchen.

I also use Wusthof knives. I have two pairs of the 8" Chef's Knife and 3.5" Paring Knife from the Cordon Bleu series (similar to the "Classic" line but with a half bolster).
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College_Cook - I love wet stones. I was using some old beat up stones until I received a new set for Christmas this year. They are from Norton and work awesome. Great quality.

Here they are...
http://www.nortonstonesstore.com/Sto...d&productId=10

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Old 01-03-2007, 02:33 PM   #10
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Mine are also from the Cordon Bleu Series. So far I still have all ten fingers!!!
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