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Help me pick out some knives not worth a fortune.

I need to buy some good kitchen knives. I cant spend a fortune so Kai Shun and the like is out of the question.

I bought my mom a set of Henckels a little while back and they perform pretty well for the price, I think I paid $100 and I thought was gonna be just another block of junk.

I think I want some Wusthoff. My friend has some, I tried them and I liked them. They are a bit more expensive than Henckels so I cant afford a whole block, nor do I think I need everything that comes in the set.

I think I need, a sharpening steal(Henckles maybe?), cooks knife, paring knife and bread knife(maybe even get a cheaper Henckles).
I also want this type of block.
http://www.amazon.com/W%C3%BCsthof-D...114783&sr=1-65
I hate having stuff on my counter tops and I have a lot of drawers.

My question:
Are Wusthoff still the way to go for price/performance?
How do I pick which knife I want, I think the same knives come in different series?
Is my choice of starter knives smart?
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I have a few Wusthof knives. I like them. I got them on sale from a department store for like 30$/knife. Check them out if you aren't in a hurry to buy, they often put expensive knives on clearance.

They need to be maintained, they don't hold an edge as long as some other knives, but it's not difficult.
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I don't have a link for you but in Japan you can get pottery knives that literally stay sharp forever and there they cost about 50$ ... they cost a fortune in Europe, but it's pretty easy to find someone who imports them. I've asked friends to get me some last time they were in Tokyo and they are awesome.
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^ Are they made of ceramic?
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So hard to say no.
http://www.amazon.com/Shun-Classic-6...210792&sr=8-15

What do u guys think for starting out?
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go try them out at macy's or something. different knife weighs differently and that makes a big difference in how it feels in your hand. if you're going drop 4 bills on a knife you should make sure it fits you right.

the shun set you linked looks overpriced as well. i would rather get a separate chef knife/santoku and get the other pieces as i go.
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I agree with going piece by piece. I only need 2 knives at the most. The most used knife in my house is a chefs knife and we have two of them.
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Santukos and chef's knives are interchangeable for the most part.

I agree with going piece by piece, unless you find yourself paring things often (no one who isn't a prep chef does).
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Santukos and chef's knives are interchangeable for the most part.

I agree with going piece by piece, unless you find yourself paring things often (no one who isn't a prep chef does).

even then it's cheaper to just get a chef's knife and a separate paring knife. i find it more efficient to spend money on high quality knives that you use a lot (chef's knife) rather than getting a super expensive set with an awesome bread knife that you use twice a year.
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I've owned a set of forged Wusthof (Classics) for about 3 years, and they are terrific. A very nice investment. I use them daily and they will last. My set isn't very big. It's just three actual knives, and I use them all.

I know they have a line of stamped steel knifes now - stay away from that if you go with Wustof.
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I'm actually in the same position, where I need some knives for a kitchen. The people I'm living with now have some ceramic knives, but they really seem to collect chips and cracks under heavy usage, even though they look quite cool.

We were thinking of picking up a generic set from WMF but I'll guess we'll look at some Wüsthof sets as well.

Can anyone tell me what to look for/against?

As far as us, we're probably low-medium usage ... use the bread knives every morning with breakfast and cook with them every night. Also, we like to be in the kitchen simultaneously in the evening ... so we'd need at least 2-3 knifes simultaneously (more if the others didn't get washed from the morning).
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Can you use a blow torch?
Do you known how to sharpen a knife?
Can you sand some wood?

if you can do these things, you can get great knifes for very cheap.

1. Find and buy the high carbon steel knife blanks you want.
2.Sharpen it.
3.Get some tongs or pliers to hold the blade. Heat it with a torch until it glows red.
4. dunk it in water.
5. make a handle.


edit: if you want to get all fancy you can coat the edge of the blade with clay before you temper it and do it like a katana
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I've owned a set of forged Wusthof (Classics) for about 3 years, and they are terrific. A very nice investment. I use them daily and they will last. My set isn't very big. It's just three actual knives, and I use them all.

I know they have a line of stamped steel knifes now - stay away from that if you go with Wustof.

Agreed. I bought a Wusthof Classic set on e-bay for a pretty good deal and I've really enjoyed them so far. I would check out: Wusthof, Henckel, and Shun. Good knives are a great investment.
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You really need only one good knife for cooking in your kitchen. Go to any oreintal store and buy a Chinese butcher's knife. It's good to prepare every meal.
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