(Closed) Need to buy a new knife set [Update]

posted 8 years ago in Home
  • poll: Which knife brands have you used? (check all that apply)
    Wusthof - good experiences : (8 votes)
    20 %
    Wusthof - bad experiences : (0 votes)
    JA Henckels - good experience : (15 votes)
    38 %
    JA Henckels - bad experience : (1 votes)
    3 %
    Shun - good experience : (6 votes)
    15 %
    Shun - bad experience : (0 votes)
    Cutco - good experience : (5 votes)
    13 %
    Cutco - bad experience : (1 votes)
    3 %
    Global - good experience : (4 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    we got a nice set of henckels for christmas last year and have been really happy with them. i think it’s really important to go to a store and be able to hold the different knives. we originally planned to go with wusthof but the henckels just felt more comfortable in our hands (those brands are considered to be exactly equal in quality). i like having a curved handle rather than a straight one as it feels more comfortable and secure in my hand, but others swear by a straighter handle. there was another brand we eliminated because they felt so much heavier to me, but i honestly don’t remember which one it was. maybe shun?

    also remember each brand has various lines. i think we have one step down from top of the line in henckels.

    Post # 4
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    31 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I cannot rave about our set of Shun knives enough – they are AMAZING!! I know they are pricey, but start with one, and you’ll see what I mean – they make cooking so much easier and more fun!

    Post # 5
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    66 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I got a set of JA Henkel and don’t like them. They’re already starting to rust.  I’d rather use my cheaper college set of knives from Target, they’re lasting longer and cut better.

    Post # 6
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    13096 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    JA Henkles here!  I LOVE my set and my parents still use their JA Henkles knife block they get as a wedding present 25 years ago!  They just make great knifes.

    My parents had a Cutco salesman come to their door and after my mom told him they weren’t interested, he asked what kind of knives they currently used.  After telling him that they had a JA Henkles knife block, he admitted that they were the only brand on the market that was comperable to Cutco knives and he didn’t blame them for not wanting to replace them.

    @MrsB620: Do you put them in the dishwasher?  Nice knives should always be hand washed.  As I said above, my parents have had the same set of JA Henkles for over 25 years and there isn’t a spot of rust on a single one.

    Post # 7
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    14183 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    You should buy samurai ninja swords. Then you can impress everybody when you slice and dice with them Laughing

    Post # 8
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    56 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I love love love my Wustuf knives! Its the first set of “good” knives that I have ever had and it soooo makes a difference! I always hand wash them, never put them in the dishwasher. Its amazing how much good knives make a diffence.  🙂

    Post # 10
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    2030 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I have used my Henckels for the past 8 years and my husband and I still find that they are a pleasure to cut with. Never had any problems with them at all. If you want great knives but don’t want to pay full price, you should check out ruelala.com and onekingslane.com. They are flash sale websites, and they routinely have all the high quality knife sets on sale for like 50% off.

    Post # 11
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    149 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We have the JA Henkles twin four star and they are really good, but expensive…luckily they were given to us as a wedding gift. 🙂 We chose them based on consumer reports (they were in the top 10, don’t remember what number), and trying them out in the store.

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @ddw: it’s hard to find a good set that also comes with a cleaver. we settled for one without a cleaver but will register for a separate cleaver to add to our set. it won’t have a space in our knife block, but maybe that’s something that doesn’t need to be kept out on our counter anyways…

    Post # 13
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    1184 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @rugulach: your name and avatar are making me so hungry. really craving some rugulach right now!

    Post # 14
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @ddw: I love Wusthof and Henckels knives, but if you do a lot of Asian cooking, you should consider Shun. Their knives are designed for thinly slicing Asian veggies and sushi rolls and the like.

    Post # 15
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    5398 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Now that you mentioned you do a lot of Asian cooking, then the Shun knives are probably going to help you more with the type of cooking you actually do.

    Post # 16
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    1569 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    Wusthof, Wusthof, Wusthof. They’re just amazing knives, and used by most professional chefs. I also want to reiterate the comment made on your other thread (for others who may be interested in knives) that you really only need three knives: a chef’s knife, a bread knife, and a paring knife. If you want to get exciting, a santoku can be fun too, but isn’t necessary. Everything else is just filler in those 10-knife sets.

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