Post # 1
DH and I have been cooking a lot more lately, and I’m VERY tired of hearing him complain every time he pulls out a knife. Can anyone make a good suggestion for some knives that won’t cost us an arm & a leg?
Post # 3
You can never go wrong with Wusthof knives!!
Post # 4
@kmsw: Do you recommend buying them one-by-one, or as a set?
Post # 5
I’d get a set, you don’t need 20+ pieces but maybe 10 pieces and supplement with steak knives later?
Post # 6
Its not just the knives, but be sure to buy a sharpener and do it often!!!!!
Post # 7
@kmsw: Agreed. My family has cheaper knives but my FH’s family has Wusthof knives and they are amazing. My FH added them to the registry quick fast. lol…and he was usually the one going “we don’t really need that…” to stuff we legit needed. We registered for a block set and then an extra paring knife.
Post # 8
@soon2bS: Since they are pretty pricey, I got mine one by one, and built my collection over time.. You don’t necessarily NEED 5 paring knives right away.. That also makes it more exciting IMO.
But if money is a non-issue, why not buy a set? Just make sure it actually has all the knives you’ll wan to use.
Post # 9
Im an avid cutlery buyer if I’m not buying pots and pans. I have a set of the Calphalon Katana series that I adore, and I mix and match a few specialty knives from their other lines, plus SO keeps Wustof knives, which are probably better than mine haha, but it all matters what we are cutting and how, and I bought my favorite fillet knife for fish from Wustof as well.
Also, learning how to sharpen them with a whetstone does wonders for the life of the knife as well.
Post # 10
@kmsw: I agree you can buy them one by one, but if you buy the 5 set you dont get 5 pairing knives. Actually you get one. You get a chefs knife, pairing knife, serrated (bread knife), shears, utlity. (I think anyway)
Post # 11
Buy them individually instead of by the set; the sets tend to feature the lower-end knives to keep the price point down. There are many good brands including Wusthoff, Henckels and F.Dick but each maker has several lines in a variety of price ranges. So not all Wusthoff’s are created equally.
I’d recommend going to a high-end kitchen store and trying them on for size. Each maker has a different style which includes the weight and the balance of the knife, so a 12″ chef’s knife from Henckels will feel different in your hand than an identical knife from Wusthoff. See which knife feels natural and graceful in your hand.
A good quality knife will have a “full tang,” the tang being the metal portion that extends from the blade into the handle. Not only does that give the knife a better weight/balance, it ensures the handle won’t snap off.
Use a sharpening stone or steel, as electric sharpeners will wear the metal off over time.
Start with one or two knives— I’d pick an 8-12″ chefs knife and a 4-5″ paring knife– you can do an incredible amount of stuff with just those two knives. Buy the very best knife you can afford and plan to have it forever. Don’t store it in a drawer unless it’s got its own compartment. Don’t store them in a block (I actually distrust any set that comes in a block)— blocks are great for table knives but horrible for kitchen knives as you wear off your sharp edge every time you put it into the block.
Post # 12
@fishbone: I agree with Fishbone, especially the last paragraph. Fiance and I both love to cook and for years we only had low-quality knives. For Christmas last year, I asked “Santa” for 2 high-end knives and received the 10″ chef’s knife and the 4″ paring knife from Wusthoff. We use them every day and they are awesome! We plan on adding to our collection this Christmas.
Note: They are VERY sharp so be extra careful untill you get used to them, especially the big chef’s knife. It bites.
Post # 14
@fishbone: I agree that not all Wusthoffs are created equally! We got a few of the lower-end Wusthoff knives from Crate and Barrel from our wedding and they are pretty flimsy. I guess it pays to spring for the better ones.
Post # 15
I definitely agree with fishbone, particularly about the going to a store and trying them out. I’ve always loved my Wusthoff knives (and I bought them individually when I worked at a kitchen wares store), but even if you know they’re good quality they just might not feel right in your hand. I tried out some of the pricier knives and they just didn’t feel as natural to me as my Wusthoffs did.
Post # 16
Definitely go and ‘try on’ the knives. I hated the feel of Wusthoff and Calphalon and really liked how Henckels fit in my hand. It is all about comfort when you are slicing and dicing.
To be honest I love Cutco above all others but they are probably more for the consumer and not the kitchen professional. I have a combo of Henckels and Cutco in my knife block (Kapoosh…and it is amazing and designed to fit ANY knife…not a set or set brand) and find myself using the Cutco more. I have the Santoku style with the pearl handle…love!