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Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:06 pm
i am a culinary professional looking to upgrade my knives from my culinary school set as well as make the foray into japanese steel and i do not have a large budget. i need a
what would be the best value in each category? i don't want "cheap", so much as affordable, well valued, best bang for the buck type of thing. thanks for your help
peace and blessings,
Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:09 pm
We have 2 lines of knives that fall into the "good value" area. Tojiro and Fujiwara. Take a look at these here:http://www.chefknivestogo.com/tojirodpseries.htmlhttp://www.chefknivestogo.com/fufkmse.html
You could add my Richmond Artifex line to these too but they're made in the USA not in Japan:http://www.chefknivestogo.com/riar.html
Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:10 pm
I recommend you try a couple from each line so you can get some experience using different ones with different steels.
Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:21 pm
The Tojiro brand is the less expensive of them all. They are a great value, but all have their benefits. If you want to upgrade and are on a college budget then the Tojiro ITK or DP series may be your best bet. If you can swing it... do what Mark said and try a little of all three.. Don't be fooled, the Richmond Artifex series may be made in the U.S., but it can go toe to toe with any Tojiro or Fuji.
Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:43 pm
I would recommend mixing and matching between Fujiwara http://www.chefknivestogo.com/fujiwara-knives.html
and Richmond Artifex kniveshttp://www.chefknivestogo.com/riar.html
As far as getting carbon or stainless for Fujiwara, I'd recommend the carbon, although quite reactive at first, it takes and holds a great edge. Forcing a patina on it is a lot of fun and personalized the knife also.
I say to get these 2 brands because I believe they have a better chance at standing up to anything you throw at them than most other knives while still being good performers.
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