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Chef and paring knife reccomendation

Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:38 am

I have absolutely no knowledge when it comes to knives.

I wish to purchase a good paring and chef knife for a special lady friend for Christmas. While not looking to spend a lot, I do want to get her two quaility knives as she would know the difference.


Re: Chef and paring knife reccomendation

Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:22 am

I am sure others on the board can give good suggestions to your need, but I would caution giving knives to someone who is passionate about knives and know what she likes.

I was given a nice set of Nenox limited edition knives awhile ago. They were rather an expensive set and they're nice. Mostly, they're in my knife bag collecting dust. When I need things cut, most of the time, I would reach for my Richmond Ultimatum and my Moritaka Nikiri. I just like their profile and feel better than The Nenox.

If she is a knife nut like most of us in here, I would try to get her input. It wouldn't be a surprise but you have a better chance to get something she loves.

Alternatively, she can swap for something else with Mark if your final choice doesn't work for her.

(I couldn't swap my Nenox because of the sentiment behind the gift, so I end up only taking them out when I am cooking for the person that gave them to me at home. :))

Re: Chef and paring knife reccomendation

Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:13 pm

Hi Stewart,

I need more information before I can help you.

I'll ask and answer so I can give you a couple suggestions. Feel free to correct my guesses.

Is she right handed? I guess yes
Is she a home cook? yes
Does she know how to sharpen? no
Does she want stainless? yes
What price range? Under $100

Those are my guesses. :)

If that is about right I recommend this Tojiro DP 2pc set:

Or if you want to spend a little more this 3pc set would be a good one:

Re: Chef and paring knife reccomendation

Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:27 pm

Although I think the Tojiro's are a better bargain and really a better knife....the two Mac sets are good choices as well:



I've found they have better handles and unless she's a knife nut that might be important.

Re: Chef and paring knife reccomendation

Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:45 pm

Yes the Shuns are another one for a little more that would be a good choice. I like the Mac sets too:

We're flying through this set. I got 100 of them and I'm about half way through them after a couple weeks.

Re: Chef and paring knife reccomendation

Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:52 pm

I have those Shuns, and as far as mass-produced knives go I really like them. I think this set is a great price and any home cook that isn't interested in sharpening his/her own knives will really enjoy them.

They are a little more visually striking than the MAC and tojiro.

Just watch out for the asymmetrical D handles if she's left-handed, though even a lot of lefties I know don't mind the handle.
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