AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 60 Posted (9 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5397 times:
Ever the slave to kitchen fashion, I picked up one of these last weekend. Best knife I've ever used. It didn't hurt that the store was having a half-off sale on open stock cutlery, so it only cost $10.
Me too! My mom bought me the small Henkel Santoku for my birthday, but I haven't gotten in the habit of using it yet. Seems like a fantastic knife, and now that I think about it, I have a ton of vegetables to chop tonight....
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DSMflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5347 times:
Quoting AeroWesty (Thread starter): Ever the slave to kitchen fashion, I picked up one of these last weekend. Best knife I've ever used. It didn't hurt that the store was having a half-off sale on open stock cutlery, so it only cost $10.
To be honest, I don't think so. I'd been looking at Santokus in the store off and on and figured for 10 bux I couldn't go too wrong with KitchenAid to see if I liked the style of it. It's so nice though, I'm going to look around for the smaller one as well, and probably pop for a better-made brand.
Comorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4909 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 day ago) and read 5225 times:
Do any of you gentlemen have any experience with 'Laser' knives that were popular about 10-15 years ago? They never needed sharpening and I'm looking to replace them.
As for the knives discussed in this thread, are they good for chopping onions? I find 80% of my knife usage is onion-chopping, 15% for eating fruit (should be another knife) and 5% for things like chopping garlic, ginger etc. Yes, I need to get more veggies into my diet...
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 23 hours ago) and read 5213 times:
Quoting Comorin (Reply 10): I find 80% of my knife usage is onion-chopping, 15% for eating fruit (should be another knife) and 5% for things like chopping garlic, ginger etc. Yes, I need to get more veggies into my diet...
You only need this knife. Onions, garlic, ginger, tomato, orange, whatever.
I rarely use the rest of the knives in my kitchen . . . not that they aren't good knives, I just don't need them any longer.
The 'recesses' in the blade prevent most everything from sticking to the blade.
Iflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (9 years 23 hours ago) and read 5207 times:
My partner's got a couple of them he got at Xmas closeout-Crate n' Barrel a couple of years ago. They're great, easy to maintain and never had to be sharpened. I try to look every now and again to see if I can find something else for him, since he does enjoy his toys...um, I mean gadgets strictly speaking in the kitchen sense, of course
Ah, Summer, Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox and Beer.....
I'm sure Kitchen Aid make great products, but a knife for $20 is never forged. The only firm that produces forged, hand-made knives I know of is Güde ( http://www.guede-solingen.de incl video of the forging). A knife similar to Westy's or ANC's would go for roughly EUR 80.
Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 11): You only need this knife. Onions, garlic, ginger, tomato, orange, whatever.
Make that three: yours (or similar), one much smaller to peel apples and the likes, plus one for bread, that is Güde's famous bread kife:
Saxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2384 posts, RR: 35
Reply 23, posted (9 years 17 hours ago) and read 5115 times:
I've got two of the Henkel's santukos... my mom gave me one for Christmas a couple years ago, and later I got a deal on a full set, which came with another. I didn't think I'd use both, but I find that when I'm cooking I'll cut meat with one and veggies with the other, so it's been nice to have 'em.
And you're right ANC--you get to where the santuko and a good paring knife are about all you need for damn near everything. I do, however, hold on to my favorite heavy ol' cleaver--I first learned how to de-bone a chicken in nothing flat with that one, and nothing else feels right for that sort of job. It's also useful for hammering nails or breaking up blocks of ice.