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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-07-11 10:42 PM
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Does anyone have a recommendation for a good chef's knife
that is under a hundred dollars? I just finished a job for a client and have been invited to chose my own modest bonus. I've never had a chef's knife and don't really know where to start looking.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 10:20 AM
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1. Your best bet is to go to a knife shop (they exist) and heft all the ones you can find
Once you find the one that feels like an extension of your arm, that's the one for you.

My own knife is a $99.00 MAC Santoku knife. I have small hands and arthritic wrists and the size is perfect for me. MAC knives are wonderful, the Japanese steel holding an edge that just needs to be scraped along rough ceramic once in a while to maintain it.
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GoCubsGo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 02:39 PM
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2. Mine is a Calphalon Contemporary.
My sister, who is a trained chef, gave it to me. This particular knife is a solid stainless steel knife, including the handle. She also gave me an 7" Santoku knife from that line. She got these particular knives because she said they were ergonomically comfortable and reasonably priced. And, she is correct about that. I really like the way they feel. They also hold their edge fairly well. Unfortunately, they no longer make the solid stainless line, although the still have the "Contemporary" line with a resin handle. I have a utility knife with the resin handle, and it is as comfortable as the solid stainless knives. BTW, most, if not all of this line is made from German steel, rather than the Chinese junk. I know a few people who have Henckels and love them. My paring knife is a low-end Henckels. I hate the handle, as it's not very comfortable, but the blade is good. My opinion is that if you go with a German-made (or at least German steel) knife, be it Henckels, Wustoff, Calphalon contemporary, etc., you can't go wrong. They all make at least one or two chef's knives that are under a hundred bucks. Go to a store that carries multiple brands, handle them all, and pick out whichever one feels most comfy.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 02:53 PM
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4. And stainless steel, not ceramic?
I know zip about the subject except I need new knives because my hands hurt all the time from using the wrong old dull ones.
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GoCubsGo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 05:40 PM
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5. I have never used a ceramic knife.
I understand that they are great, but expensive. And, from what I understand, ceramic knives are only good for more delicate things, like produce and boneless meats. Apparently, they are somewhat fragile, and can break if dropped. And, you can't use them to cut frozen things or bone, as you can with a stainless steel blade. Steel blades dull faster, but the knives, as a whole a supposedly more durable. I guess it all depends on how you plan to use it.

Perhaps a good sharpening stone or knife sharpener might be a better bonus?
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ginnyinWI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 02:45 PM
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3. related question
Is it true that I should not put knives in the dishwasher? I have some chef's knives that are stainless steel and can be sharpened. My cousin says that exposing them to the heat in the dishwasher will affect the sharpening ability somehow, or leach out some of the metals or something?
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GoCubsGo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 05:47 PM
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6. Yes. They dull in the dishwasher.
Probably from banging against everything else in the dishwasher. The heat in the dishwasher shouldn't affect the ability to sharpen them, however. It gets hot in there, but not THAT hot. Other reasons you don't want to put them in there is that they cut the plastic lining on the shelves, which can then rust. And, if your knives have wooden handles, being exposed to water for that long rots out the wood.
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ginnyinWI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 08:31 PM
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7. thanks
I'm going to stop doing that then. :)
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flamin lib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-11 10:03 AM
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8. Find a restaurant supply store.
http://www.mercercutlery.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=categ...

http://www.dexter1818.com/Universal_Prod_Display_2.asp?...

These are both "front of the house" professional knives. I've had my DR for a year and use them every day. I finally had to sharpen the Santoku for the first time.

Mercer supplies knives to all major culinary schools.

Both have a great balance and are amazingly inexpensive.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-11 10:23 AM
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9. Thanks, I'll check these out.
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Eyerish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-10-11 12:53 PM
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10. I'd recommend a Wusthof...
I got the 7" satoku for my husband and it's a workhorse, we love it. Less than 100 bucks too.
http://www.chefscatalog.com/product/94587-wusthof-class...
Sur la Table also has a whole section of cutlery under $100
http://www.surlatable.com/category/cat450811/Cutlery-un...
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Phentex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-10-11 03:05 PM
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11. That's what I use...
I've been buying them a little at a time.
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beac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-10-11 04:21 PM
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12. I love my Wustof chef's knife. Had it for 15+ years and it's still going strong! n/t
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-10-11 09:57 PM
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13. Those look beautiful
Edited on Thu Nov-10-11 09:57 PM by EFerrari
and about what I was looking to spend. But, this time I went with a knife with a more rounded handle. I managed to give myself tendonitis scanning text into my machine some years ago and if I work too much with the wrong grip, it comes back.
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Major Nikon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-11 06:54 PM
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14. This one
The value far exceeds the price.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003B66YK0
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kurtzapril4 Donating Member (354 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-11 10:19 PM
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15. Got mine for 24.95!
I bought it after checking out comparisons and reviews at America's Test Kitchen website. It's very sharp, well balanced, fits the hand well, and not too heavy or light. Made by Victorinox.
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 11:10 AM
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16. Yep. The Forschners by Victorinox are the best inexpensive chef's knives around.
Better than the Wusthofs that I've owned.
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NRaleighLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 11:12 AM
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17. Cooks Magazine does good reviews of such things - link below
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 04:24 PM
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18. Cooks started charging me for a subscription after I unsubscribed
when my 30 days were over. It isn't them but their site people and I'm still pissed. I do enjoy their product reviews, though, because they are meticulous and I always learn something.

Anyway, I settled on the KitchenAid for now. It handles well and has a rounded soft grip that doesn't aggravate my tendonitis. It was all of $25 and I love it.





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