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Idiot proof knife

Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:18 pm

Mark,

I purchased a Konosuke knife from you a while ago and am loving it.

I was thinking of getting a knife as a wedding gift, but was hoping to find one with extremely low maintenance - a true starter knife.

I can't say that they will properly sharpen or care for the knives - perhaps this is not the right place to shop - but just in case there is an "idiotproof" knife, please let me know.

Kind regards,

Re: Idiot proof knife

Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:18 pm

How much do you want to spend?

Re: Idiot proof knife

Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:51 pm

In my opinion there is technically no such thing. Your average knife consumer wants a knife to be sharp out of the box and they want it to stay sharp forever. Most people either buy crap knives and chuck 'em in a drawer when they get dull or right out of the gate or buy expensive ones and claim they are overpriced and a bunch of hype because they mistreat them and never sharpen them. One of the only ways to learn respect for knives is to buy them with your own hard earned money and or to depend on them t work as a cook. I am biased but many of the cooks I work with know the value of a sharp knife but still have no respect for caring for and maintaining them.

Re: Idiot proof knife

Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:27 pm

Depending on price which hopefully this person will answer the Tojiro DP jumps to mind.

Re: Idiot proof knife

Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:58 pm

Budget under $200.

Re: Idiot proof knife

Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:00 am

Here's a good gift: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/tojiro3pcset.html

Re: Idiot proof knife

Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:16 am

I understand the objections, but I am looking for a bridge for people who are probably used to a calphalon knife they bought at TJMaxx. The idea is to ease them into real knives and not stick them with something that would easily be neglected before they have an appreciation for it (i.e. carbon instead of SS).

The Tojiro is a great suggestion that could "grow" with them.

Thank you for the help again!

Re: Idiot proof knife

Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:34 am

You're welcome. :) I think they'll like them a lot and they're easy to use and care for.

Re: Idiot proof knife

Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:41 am

Tojiro DP's are really good knives - period. They will easily "grow" with a set like Mark suggested. The F-808 8" Chef is a really fun knife to use. I often take it out of my knife drawer for all kinds of prep tasks - and it sits next to Kono HD and Masakage Yuki Gyutos. Enough said :-).

P.S. My wife is starting to use it more and more as well, since it's an easy transition from our Henckels 8" Chef. She likes it :-). I did have to gently school her on a better way to break down a head of cauliflower after she started prying it with the Tojiro, like she used to with the Henckels.

Re: Idiot proof knife

Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:15 pm

Another good bridge knife series would be the Fujiwara FKM series.....perhaps, IMHO, a little more forgiving than even the Tojiro's. Flip a coin really, though.
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