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Old 12-17-2010, 12:34 PM   #1
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While I'm by no means a chef I do like to work in the kitchen and am thinking of upgrading to a better grade chef knife. My main focus has been on Wusthof knives, either the Classic or Grand Prix II. Anyone out there use either of these or have a recommendation?

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Old 12-17-2010, 12:46 PM   #2
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My wife and I use Global Knives. A little pricey but fantastic quality. My one complaint is the handles are a little narrow and if I cut for a long period of time my hand cramps a little, but it has to be A LOT of cutting. I seem to add a new knife to the collection every couple of months

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Old 12-17-2010, 12:56 PM   #3
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Subscribed! Getting married soon and about to register. I have heard good things about Wusthog, Global and Henkels

 
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Old 12-17-2010, 01:01 PM   #4
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I absolutely love my Shun knife! Pricey but ill have it for a long time. And the steel looks like a samurai sword!!!

 
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Old 12-17-2010, 01:04 PM   #5
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We have a resident cutlery expert here on HBT. Check out this link to see some of his recommendations: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f19/how-...-knives-64465/
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Old 12-17-2010, 02:30 PM   #6
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I researched for about 2 year before I finally got some. After tons and tons of reading I decided on Shun. I abolsutely love these knives. The only two downsides I can see to them are the handles and the blade angle. Everything I have read seems to show that you will either love or hat ethe handle. It is made to almost form to the shape of your hand. Problem with that is that if you have large hands or are left handed they won't be comfortable. They do make a left handed model though. Also, the angle of the blade is different than your standard german knife so most sharpeners will destroy a Shun. There are sharpeners out that will work but the company does offer free lifetime sharpening if you send them to them.

They are also a great company. About a year ago I noticed a small chip in the chefs knife. I have no idea how it got there but a couple days before I was breaking down a bunch of chickens so I probably did it then. I emailed them and they said just send it in and they would either repair or replace it. I looked and that is something that is specificly not covered under their warranty but they will do it anyway apparently.

Other than their price I really can't say enough great things about these knives.
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Look in the similar threads box below for Chad's Thread. He also wrote a book iirc.
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Chad wrote an *excellent* book on kitchen knives, their purchase, their care, and their use. It's very well-written.
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My wife and I use Global Knives. A little pricey but fantastic quality.
http://www.global-knife.com/
I support this. As a chef in a former life, I adore my Global knives. They're very comfortable, they hold their edge longer than any other knife I've ever owned and they're sechshy.

 
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Old 12-17-2010, 02:51 PM   #10
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Since my post I've read the "How not to buy a kitchen knife" part 1 article, but couldn't find part 2 as well as found his 3 recommendations, the MAC Professional, Global, and Meridian Elite. I was all set to order the MAC but saw a Wusthof Ikon Classic for the same price and it included a free sharpener. Now I'm torn. The Wusthof would actually be a bit cheaper as I can pick it up at Williams Sonoma.

 
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