(Closed) Recommendations for knives

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

cutlery or a knife set?

I LOVE Oneida for silverware! I think it lasts forever and is timeless.

Knife set I like Wusthof, but haven’t really tried any others… (I cut my mean with kitchen scissors- yes I’m like a 5 yo!)

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

You can’t go wrong with Wusthof. I think they have a few price levels to choose from, too.

ETA: Whoops, just realized you already posted about Wusthof! Another recommendation that probably sounds kind of dumb and cliche, but Cutco makes amazing knives. My parents have a set of steak knives and a few carving knives, and they’re AMAZING.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Wusthof is great, as are Henckles. Register for the higher range knives.

Most sets end up with more knives than you need- I have a chef’s knife, paring knife, sandwich and tomato/bagel knife and I’m good. You can buy knife blocks individually and pick the knives you want.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I swear by my wusthof chef’s knife. It might actually be my favorite possession. 

You might want to register for a sharpener as well. Chef’s Choice makes a really good electric one — I think Cook’s Illustrated gave the 130 Model its highest rating. But there are a lot put there at all different price points. Even the best knives will dull with usage, there’s no point in an expensive set if they’re not maintained. 

And I totally second the individual knife registry. But you’ll need to register for a block, too!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Tigrrlily04:  Something to know about *good* knives is that they need constant sharpening and care. It’s not really about holding the sharp, it’s about the carbon content and hardness of the metal. So really if you want sharp knives, you can go for a less expensive set because the metal will hold a sharp edge longer than, say, a set of Shun. 

That said, Chicago & Kitchenaid have worked for me with minimal effort. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We have Global knives.  They are excellent.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would recommend going to a store and trying them out. We went to Williams Sonoma and I hadn’t planned on getting knives but after a sales associate let me try out the Shun Kaji knives, I was hooked! They’re super sharp (modeled after samurai swords), super lightweight and supposedly shaped for both lefties and righties! They’re definitely pricey but WS and Shun’s policies for the knives are good. Right now, there are also registry gifts for registering for these knives.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I second the Shun suggestion!  I have a set and they are SOOO sharp and amazing!  (Be careful though because it’s super easy to cut yourself and not even feel it…I speak from experience)

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Williams Sonoma Shun knives!! Theyre pricey but AMAZZZZING!! We got the Shun Edo set.  It is  seriously amazing… so worth the money!  We didnt get them for our wedding. I actually splurged and suprised the hubby for his birthday.

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I worked at Williams-Sonoma for 6 years and I third the separate knives. I have a large set of Wustof Classic. I really only use the chefs knife, slicer and tomato/cheese. My bread knife is awesome but you can’t sharpen a serrated edge. Buy a cheap version of and throw it out when it dulls. The upper end of Henckel is also good. I’ve had mine for over 15 years so they are a good investment if you take care of them. I never tried the Shun but after reading this post I might just have to pick one up…

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Go to Sur La Table they let you TRY them out!!!! which is super helpful and they can answer your questions. We went and ended up doing open stock and picking knifes from both Wusthof and Shun. And we liked open stock because people can pick out whatever fits there budget and if we don’t get them all we have six months with 10% off to pick the rest up when we have the spare cash. 

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