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    Looking for inexpensive all around kitchen knife

    Need to find a good all around kitchen knife to be used maybe 3 times a week to prepair various foods for the grill. It will be a present so need to keep cost in mind.

    #2
    I use this one and the slicer a lot for slicing brisket, ribs, etc. Rada
    Last edited by Steve R.; June 22, 2020, 11:26 AM.

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      #3
      Kai makes these really sharp, low cost chef knives. I have two - if the first one ever gets rally dull, I'll just throw it out - but the one I'm using has lasted a year so far with just honing before use. On sale on Amazon for less than $11! Looks cool as well!

      https://www.amazon.com/Komachi-AB507...n%2C201&sr=1-9

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        #4
        I picked up a Dexter 8" chef knife at Restaurant Depot recently. Really like it and the price can't be beaten at around $30.

        Edit, here's a link:
        https://www.amazon.com/HIC-Harold-Im...ef_=ast_sto_dp
        Last edited by N227GB; June 22, 2020, 11:49 AM.

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        • Beefchop
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          Dexter is the way to go, IMHO. Especially if you are ok sharpening your own knife.

        #5
        Misen chef's knife is my go to. Think it was $70.

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        • Polarbear777
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          Their latest is better steel and better economics. I’m impressed.

        • Troutman
          Troutman commented
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          I've got a Misen and the finish on the thing is horrible, the Chinese didn't even bother to hone or polish it. That said, it is holding an edge ok.

        • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
          ItsAllGoneToTheDogs commented
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          I had bought 2 when it was a kickstarter. One I gave away as part of the Secret Santa here because the one I was using I just couldn't fall in love with because my hand sharpening skills didn't work well with the blade... I had planned to give that one to my brother at some point for his fishing boat, but using the worksharp eastern angle guide I was able to get an edge on it I was finally happy with! I might keep it after all. Seeing lots of good stuff about the newer ones!
          Last edited by ItsAllGoneToTheDogs; June 23, 2020, 10:06 AM.

        #6
        I think it will help if you give use a little more info - price, use, etc. Something like the Misen chef's knife is a good general rec.

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          #7
          For a possible bargain go to a second hand shop for a church or a charity and look through what they have. I have found 1 and 2 hundred dollar knives in the knife bin for $1 each. Quick sharpening and you are good to go.

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          • N227GB
            N227GB commented
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            That's a good suggestion! We have a ton of consignment and thrift shops down here.

          • hoovarmin
            hoovarmin commented
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            Good words, Donw

          #8
          You know knives are one of those things you can either pay me now or pay me later. If you are serious about cooking invest in a decent set of knives. You don't need to go hog wild. 25 years ago I bought a set of Wusthof knives for $200 out of good old German stainless steel. I still use those knives to this day. I sharpen them maybe 2-3 times a year. They are bullet proof. Just my opinion.

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          • hoovarmin
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            I've had a Henkel 8 inch Chef's Knife since 1995 and it is still going strong. I use it every day.

          #9
          Mercer knives I’ve picked up for my lake house, and they have been great. Also, the Victorinox line, Cooks Illustrated discusses them and rates them well, they are also great to use.

          Use the Amazon link https://tinyurl.com/amazingribs To peruse and see if you like any. These may be on the cheaper end of what you want, so may not fit the bill. But, more options at least.

          And I just looked at what I bought a few years back, the Mercer White handle 10” chefs knive is $14. Their forged line of knives is a bit more, as are the black handles of what I purchased.

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          • Richard Chrz
            Richard Chrz commented
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            if inexpensive and still a good knife to have around, I would definitely consider either of two mentioned above.. I have both Mercer and Victorinox. There are better knives of course, but these are pretty good knives considering all.
            Last edited by Richard Chrz; June 22, 2020, 05:59 PM.

          • klflowers
            klflowers commented
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            My daily is a Victorinox. My wife is not a fastidious about caring for it, so it gets banged around a lot, but it is a good knife.

          #10
          As you mention, prices are relative. If you go for something a bit better, it’s usually more money at the beginning, but it will last well beyond the cheaper ones.

          I like my Kasumi’s for daily use. Sometimes you can find good deals on Amazon. My Kasumi’s have lasted over 12 years, and they always deliver. I use several of them just about every day, specially the shorter blades. The wood grips concerned me in the early years, but they seem to be holding extremely well, still original grips.

          I sharpen them with a rod, usually before digging into a large item, they are very low maintenance and hold pretty well. I keep the longer blades on a magnet strip fixed to the wall, and the smaller ones on a knives block.

          Cheers,
          Ricardo

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            #11
            If you decide to go with a higher end knife make sure you understand the difference between honing and sharpening. Sharpening only needs to happen once in a blue moon. Honing every time you use it.

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              #12
              I like the Misen and the dalstrong shogun series. As good as my Shun and cheaper and better ergonomics (for me anyway). Aus10 or vg10 are good steel choices.

              https://www.misen.co/products/chefs-knife

              https://dalstrong.com/collections/shogun-series

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                #13
                I have the Wusthof pro series brisket knife. The price was right and really like it. Got it for around $30 and works really well. I spent more for a chefs knife. Sometimes I think it is wise to spend on certain things and less no n less used items. And sometimes I’m wrong, ask my wife.

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                • ecowper
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                  I have two Wusthof 8” chef’s knives. My absolute go to for almost everything

                #14
                I am sure that I am minority, but I am an Old Hickory kinda guy. Great knives, great metal.

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                • ComfortablyNumb
                  ComfortablyNumb commented
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                  Same here. I get mine used for a song at second hand stores or eBay and use an Edge Pro to bring them back to life.

                • DavidNorcross
                  DavidNorcross commented
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                  Ha. Well at least there is one other person. My mother-in-law had one for 50 years and when she passed it somehow got lost. I wish I had it back. But those knives if cared for properly will last a lifetime.

                #15
                Knives are for the most part a tool that you get what you pay for.

                That said, I am very impressed with Tojiro, excellent steels, good heat treats, and fantastic grinds.

                https://www.chefknivestogo.com/topakn12.html

                Kanehide also is another brand that is an incredible value - I bought the bullnose butcher knife and it performs great! The Kanehide honesuki would be a good BBQ knife.

                https://www.chefknivestogo.com/katkkn.html

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