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#1 Sat 07 Mar 09 9:59pm

snakeman

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Occupation Professional snake breeder - Herpetologist
From Ontario Canada
Member since Mon 16 Feb 09

Kitchen knives

Hello everyone,

I'm new here and I am on a mission to buy some new knives for the kitchen. Does anyone have any recommendations?

Markus

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#2 Sat 07 Mar 09 10:56pm

Mr Grumpy

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Re: Kitchen knives

As a purely personal opinion I have to say Zwilling J A Henckels Five Stars, but it's a very subjective issue.  Welcome to a fellow Ontarian; Leafs or Sens?

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#3 Sun 08 Mar 09 12:09am

Torilla

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Re: Kitchen knives

Hey there and welcome to the forums snakeman!

Knives are, as the kind mr grumpy already mentioned, a very personal thing. These are my suggestions:

You do not need many knifes. Basically you only need a 18'' (inch) cooks knife, a smaller vegtable knife, a bread knife and a speadpeeler (not quite a knife, though).

You should spend more money on buying good quality on those three, rather then buying a cheap set as the will go blunt very quickly. J.A. Zwilling and Henkels 4**** Line (the 5***** is just the same, but with a non-slip handle, ergonomically formed) is very good. Sabatier is another high standard producers which I can recommend. Jamie uses the J.A. Z&H 4**** and some Sabatier.

If you do not want to spend that much money on a knife, I can recommend Victorinox. You will get good quality for your money but the blades are pireced instead of forged, which makes them - in my opinion - a bit wobbly when chopping hard stuff like onions and carrots.

I presonally use "Thomas. Member of the Rhosental

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#4 Sun 08 Mar 09 12:10am

snakeman

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Re: Kitchen knives

Thanks. I was looking at some today and saw some nice Japanese knives made by Henckel. Very expensive though.

Well Mr. Grumpy...neither. Never watched a hockey game in my life. But if I had t to chose probably the Buds. Closer to TO than Ottawa. Saturday nights are reserved for eating good food and drinking wine and......you get the picture. wink

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#5 Sun 08 Mar 09 12:19am

snakeman

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Re: Kitchen knives

Thanks Torilla.

Love Bavaria by the way. Heading over to Munich this September.

Markus

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#6 Sun 08 Mar 09 11:58am

Torilla

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Re: Kitchen knives

Oh, I just saw some part of my post wasn't posted. Here I go again:

I presonally use a "Thomas. Member of the Rhosentalgroup" 8'' cooks knife which was about 60 euros (~80$, ~50£). I am well chuffed with it as it is a very sturdy kitchen knife I use for almost everything form chopping to arranging. But I am not sure whether it is still available as the Rosenthalgroup went bankrupt last autumn's financial crisis.

Another brand I can highly recommend is WŁsthof. A german high-standard knifeseller. Always highend steels and perfect manufacturing gurantee a professional product, but at a very high price.

You can also have a look at this post where we had this topic some days earlier and very detailed:

http://www.jamieoliver.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=30275


If you want to have explanations on chopping techniques check this out:

http://usa.jahenckels.com/index.php?simple_view=88

I hope this helps.

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#7 Sun 08 Mar 09 7:41pm

snakeman

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Re: Kitchen knives

Torilla wrote:

You do not need many knifes. Basically you only need a 18'' (inch) cooks knife.

Thanks a lot Torilla,

Your information has been very helpful. Did you mean an 8 inch not 18 inch?

Markus

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#8 Sun 08 Mar 09 9:28pm

Torilla

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Re: Kitchen knives

Oh yes, of course...

I guess a 18'' knife would be helpfull if you got someone disturbing you in the kitchen  tongue  lol

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#9 Sun 08 Mar 09 10:02pm

Mr Grumpy

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Re: Kitchen knives

Torilla, thanks for the link to the Henckels instructional video.  Apparently I'm using the wrong knuckle as a guide, but I think that trying to change is likely to result in having one fewer from which to select!

This was a good knife thread:

http://www.jamieoliver.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=32677

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#10 Mon 09 Mar 09 3:16pm

jpiggins

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Re: Kitchen knives

We have used the Henckels Twin Cuisine knives for the past 3 years and they are excellent. Although a little expensive I think they are worth it.

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