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 Post subject: Gift for my foodie daughter.
PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:54 pm 
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Hello There!

I came across your website looking for knives. I have some questions. Do you have a telephone number that I can call and get some expert advice so I can purchase a set of knives for my foodie daughter?

Thanks,
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 Post subject: Re: Gift for my foodie daughter.
PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:56 pm 
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Hi Honey,

It's better if I can do it by email so I can take some time and consider your info.

Is she right handed?
Does she know how to sharpen?
Does she like to rock the knife or push cut primarily?
Does she want a stainless knife?
Does she want 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? Others will post some recommendations.



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 Post subject: Re: Gift for my foodie daughter.
PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:56 pm 
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Mark,

Thank you for your speedy reply. I have no idea what she wants, I just know that she is a vegan, has a wonderful blog about vegan foods and loves cooking. She is 22 years old and is not a professional cook but, cooking certainly is her truest hobby, and quite frankly, is a big part of who she is. She casually mentioned wanting some knives on her blog "someday when I can afford them", but I know it is not in her budget. So, I will answer your questions as best I can.

She is right handed.
I am sure she does not know how to sharpen, but is smart and can learn.
I have no idea whether she pushes or rocks, but she certainly "rocks" in my opinion :-)

A stainless knife sounds like a great option, but that is why I wanted to talk to you because I don't know the pros or cons to having something different. I do know that ceramic knives can chip, carbon is sharper but can rust and stainless does not rust or stain.

I don't know the difference between western or Japanese handled and why one would be better over the other.

I am on a budget, but I do know I have to spend a bit to get good quality. I did a some research about what three essential knives are recommended for a home cook, and have decided that I would like to buy her a 10 inch chef's knife, a 4 inch paring knife, and a 10 inch serrated bread knife and a sharpener, unless you can give me an expert opinion why I should purchase something else. She does not eat meat at all, so a carving or boning knife is not really necessary. If you have some sort of beginner kit, I would be interested in hearing about it.

No, I don't mind if you post on your forum, but I am ready to buy them very soon as I must have them shipped to her in WA in time for Christmas. I can't ask her, because I want it to be a surprise.

Hope I am clearer than mud. I await your expert advice.

Thanks again,
Honey



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 Post subject: Re: Gift for my foodie daughter.
PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:02 pm 
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Ok, here are a few choices. Hopefully some of the others on the forum will chime in with a few suggestions.

This is the "it" bread knife on the site. It's excellent:
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/toitkbrkn.html

Get a good but inexpensive paring knife. I like this one:
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/fufkmpe15.html

Try this chef knife. It's excellent and really good looking:
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kiswwadagy24.html

If you see anything else on the site you have questions about please reply here and we'll keep giving you suggestions.



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 Post subject: Re: Gift for my foodie daughter.
PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:09 pm 
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Hi Mark,

Thanks for your recs. I really like the Tojiro ITK 270mm bread knife. The videos are amazing. The Fujiward 150mm paring knife seems like a good option as well, but I would like to get a matching set, so can you recommend a Tojiro paring and chef's knife? The Kikuichi 240mm Gyuto was a bit out of my price range.

Thanks Mark,
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 Post subject: Re: Gift for my foodie daughter.
PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:11 pm 
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Yes get this Tojiro DP Chef Knife:
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/todpchkn24.html

Get this Tojiro Paring knife: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/topakn12.html

Those three knives will make her happy I think.



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 Post subject: Re: Gift for my foodie daughter.
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Thanks Mark. Just a few more questions and then I will be placing my order. Why do you recommend the 150mm paring knife versus 110mm? And, can you also recommend a starter sharpening tool or kit to go with this knife set as well? How are the knives shipped? Is there a small knife roll that will hold these three knives?

I am very excited about this gift....it will be hard to contain my secret :)


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:41 pm 
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I like slightly longer paring knives more because you can do more with them. They can be used as a boning knife for instance or a steak knife and you can still do small tasks with them like coring apples and peeling and other stuff. Some people like shorter ones but it just depends what you do the most with them. Ultimately there's not a big difference.



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 Post subject: Re: Gift for my foodie daughter.
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That makes sense Mark; I get the gist of the paring knives. Can you please recommend a starter sharpening tool or kit to go with this knife set as well? How are the knives shipped? Is there a small knife roll that will hold these three knives?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:02 pm 
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This would make a good start for a sharpening set:

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/4pcshstset.html

Learning to use water stones is a right of passage. :)

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

The only knife roll I've used is the Koobi kit and I really liked it....but it's far more than you'd need for 3 knives. Maybe one of the others will work.



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