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First chef's knife

Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:28 pm

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> I am wanting to start investing in high quality knives, which I intend to maintain by sharpening with both a steel and stone (my father is a chef so he will teach me how!).

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> I was thinking my first purchase should be a chef’s knife, since I could use that for a wide range of tasks, then I could go on to carving, boning, filleting etc etc.
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> After some reading, people have mentioned that quality knives may not be necessary, arguing that unless you are a chef, you will not gain as much from a good knife. Their argument was put down to technique, where they mentioned, for example, that Japanese knives are sharpened at a narrow angle, and without proper technique and correct chopping board, they will blunt easily.
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> So, essentially, I am a food enthusiast and not a chef, who hates blunt knives, and want to start investing in a collection I can be proud of!
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> Your advice would be much appreciated. FYI I am in New Zealand… do you guys ship out here?
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Re: First chef's knife

Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:28 pm

Hi Fred,

Yes we do ship to New Zealand.

Are you right handed?
Do you know how to sharpen?
Do you like to rock the knife or push cut primarily?
Do you want a stainless knife?
Do you want to get a western handled knife or Japanese handle?
How much did you want to spend?

Do you mind if I post your question on our forum?
Kind Regards,
Mark Richmond

Re: First chef's knife

Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:28 pm

Hi Mark.

Not a problem if you post to the forum.

I don't know how to sharpen (yet). I will get my father to teach me.
I like to push cut primarily.
Stainless knife = yes.
I would say western handled, as I don't think I have ever used Japanese.
I want to spend up to $200, but if I can find something around $150, that would be even better.

Thanks
Fred

Re: First chef's knife

Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:31 pm

Hi Fred,

I think you would be very happy with the Mac: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/macprmichkn8.html

There are other good ones but this is a solid first Japanese knife that I think you would enjoy and it fits your budget.

Re: First chef's knife

Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:07 pm

Another really good option:

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/ictkcgy21.html

Re: First chef's knife

Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:53 am

Thanks for the advice guys. Much appreciated.

I watched that video on the Kikuichi TKC... is that the kind of sharpness I can really expect when I have good knives?! Wow.

I see a seller on ebay that sells seconds. I assume this one be good? If I am going to save that much, I'm not fussed about blemishes... as long as it cuts! Let me know what you think. They also sell the MBK-85 and I was thinking about getting a 7" utility knife off them, too, since it's quite cheap.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/SBK-95-MAC-U ... 2531wt_940

Re: First chef's knife

Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:06 pm

Ebay???

I would think that'd you buy your knife from CKTG as Mark is providing great advice, service and reliable products.
Just my .02.

Re: First chef's knife

Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:21 pm

Mark ships lightning speed, offers top notch service after the sale, and provides great advice both from himself and his cadre of experts. All verified by regular customers like me and many others.

EBay? Surely you gest. I hope anyway....

Re: First chef's knife

Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:17 pm

Buyer beware!!! There are many counterfeit items made with inferior materials and procedures. The benefit of CKTG is knowing you're getting the real deal. If you're serious about upgrading equipment don't cheat yourself out of your own money ;)

Re: First chef's knife

Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:04 pm

I wouldn't deal with ebay for a few bucks. CKTG is a fantastic resource and community - think of the valuable advice you've received here. To buy here means you're keeping it going, to everyone's benefit. Though I'm not in a position to buy right now, as soon as my budget allows my next knife will be purchased here. Mark & Co. have earned our business, many times over.
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