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Old 03-05-2019, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Enfield, CT
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Hi guys,
I am moving out in a few months, I love to cook on my own and use knifes frequently. I am looking for a the best knife block set, not looking for something cheap or cheaply made, I am looking for quality! Shoot off your opinions. Thanks
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Old 03-05-2019, 01:28 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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If you can find the Henckels knives made in Germany, or possibly even the ones from Spain, those are good. Don't buy the set made in China. I've got Henckels, made in Germany, that are over 40 years old and still excellent knifes.

I fairly recently bought a set of Cangshan knives, made in China. They are forged knives, full tang, made of German steel. I am really pleased with them. They are holding their edge really well. They are balanced and have a good feel in the hand. I was afraid that the white plastic handles would be slippery when wet, but they are not. Price was not all that scary. I bought them at Costco.

I hand wash my high end knives and I pamper them, careful what surface I cut on, clean them immediately, don't store them with the sharp edge down with the knife's weight resting on the sharp edge.


I prefer the forged knives to the stamped ones and forged knives are getting harder to find.


I've got some ceramic knives that I use for cutting soft things and I really like those, but use is limited, so they can't be the only knives.
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Old 03-05-2019, 01:49 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Dalstrong and Victorinox are known for making outstanding cutlery.
I have the Zwilling J. A. Henckels I bought in Germany. Not to confuse with J.A. Henckels International that is made in China and probably somehow inferior.
Check the logo: Twins vs a Single silhouette with a spear.

Cangshan is a Chinese manufacturer that makes excellent knives too.
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Old 03-05-2019, 02:02 PM
 
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This is a good link about how to buy quality kitchen knife set:
https://foodal.com/kitchen/knives-cu...en-knife-sets/

Generally, the best kitchen knives are made in Germany or from German steel. It's very hard to beat their quality.
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Old 03-05-2019, 02:06 PM
 
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How deep into this do you want to get?


I've only Barely dipped a toe into the knife geek world, absolutely NO ONE recommends buying a "set" (or keeping knives in "blocks"). Generally speaking, you only need a couple knives with 90% of the work being done by the Chefs. You can go classic German/French or opt for the Japanese (Gyuto) ~ you can even get a Japanese made western (German/French) knife though I'm not sure I've seen a German brand make a Japanese style... Next most useful knife is probably a small utility/pairing knife, though for some people it might be a bread knife. After that, it's all specialty... a boning knife if you do a lot of breaking down larger cuts into smaller, or a fillet knife if you do a lot of fish dishes, etc... You'll almost certainly get better knifes by seeking out specific, individual, blades and probably for less money (certainly taking up less space).


For storage, the blocks aren't the best because you constantly run the edge over the wood which Can accelerate dulling. Better to use a magnetic holder, or a knife tray. There are some blocks that have a whole bunch of small rods, no specific spots for any given knife, which are supposedly better.


This also plays into how you're going to keep your blades sharp. Minimum effort would be a ceramic (not diamond or "steel") honing rod and having a professional sharpen the knives once or twice a year. Goes up in cost and skill from there. If you're thinking about using a machine or some sort, just buy the cheapest junk knives you can find as there will be ZERO difference in how they cut vs the most expensive knives made once run through those grinding machines. Of course the inverse is true too, if you have the skills to sharpen well then almost Anything will perform exceptionally well.



You also get to consider what you'll be cutting on and how that interacts with the knife. Top tier is an end-grain cutting board, worst is glass or stone.


And then there are knife skills... I started with learning how to sharpen the junk knives I already owned, then bought a cutting board (custom size, ebay, about $80), and finally bought one $100 Gyuto to replace a clunky German branded chefs knife. It's been about 3 years and I'm just not thinking about a better utility knife (pety) ~ I opted for Japanese knives as they're lighter and easier to use.


There's more to this topic, WAY more, but you'll need to go looking for that yourself as I only know what pertains to me and my needs.
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Old 03-05-2019, 02:15 PM
 
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^^^^ Great post. It's not all about buying the best knife set, but also about how to store and use them properly.
Additional to above, a good info here:
https://www.thekitchn.com/the-most-i...r-knife-235243

One of the best knife sharpeners on the US market:
https://www.amazon.com/Wusthof-PEtec...earsearcher-20

Cutting boards info:
https://foodal.com/kitchen/knives-cu...ndly-hygienic/
https://www.cuttingboard.com/blog/wh...st-for-knives/
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Old 03-05-2019, 02:21 PM
 
Location: North Oakland
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I hand wash my high end knives and I pamper them, careful what surface I cut on.
Don't use glass cutting boards. Ever.
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Old 03-05-2019, 02:31 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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How deep into this do you want to get?

There are some blocks that have a whole bunch of small rods, no specific spots for any given knife, which are supposedly better.
I have one of these (company is Bodum) and really like it. I'm no chef with a bunch of specialist knives, but happened to have a couple of unusual ones made by a local craftsman that didn't fit the pre-cut slots in typical wooden blocks. Seemed pointless to store knives in different spots in the kitchen just because of that. The Bodum block sits on a counter or on a freestanding butcher block but it is shaped more like a book standing on one end. It takes up less space than a regular block. The rods are somewhat flexible plastic. They are formed into a bundle of upright "fingers" in the frame of the block and allow you to push a blade of any size or thickness into them at various angles over and over again but don't put pressure on the edges.
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Old 03-05-2019, 04:06 PM
 
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I've been reading about Damascus steel. It's supposed to be the sharpest and stays sharper longer than other steels. If you don't mind spending a whole bunch of money, I think they'd be worth it. I'm longing for these, but unfortunately I don't have a whole bunch of money to spend.


https://www.hocho-knife.com/sakai-ta...mmered-indigo/
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Old 03-05-2019, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, N.M.
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... I've only Barely dipped a toe into the knife geek world, absolutely NO ONE recommends buying a "set" (or keeping knives in "blocks"). ...
This.
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