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 Post subject: need knife suggestions; no fixed notions
PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:13 am 

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I am a prep-cook in a soup kitchen and spend about 4 hours in a day chopping all kinds of stuff, from herbs to fruits, vegetables, hard squashes, cutting ham off the bone, and the occasional chicken bone. No heavy chopping. I have been using a cheap Forschner Victorinox knife because it was no great loss if it went missing. But it only has a 5 inch blade (under-powered) and it doesn't hold an edge through four hours of chopping. Was looking at the CCK Small Cleaver, KF1303, but I am really ignorant and could use optimized suggestions. And I really am looking for a single general-purpose knife.


1. Are you right handed? Yes

2. What type of knife are you interested in (gyuto, nakiri etc..) no pre-conceived notions, as long as it will stay sharp

3. What size knife are you looking for? no pre-conceived notions, but longer than 5 inches and probably 8 inches or less

4. Do you prefer carbon or stainless steel? no bias in this area

5. Do you prefer a western handle or a Japanese handle? either is fine

6. How much did you want to spend? hopefully less than $100 and I will probably have you guys sharpen the knife for me before delivery (I am a value kind of guy, and there is still that chance that it can go missing)

7. Do you know how to sharpen? one of the Chef's Choice models is all I use, but am willing to learn how to do a proper job once I know which knife to select

Hope this is enough info. Thanks for your help.


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 Post subject: Re: need knife suggestions; no fixed notions
PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:18 am 
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Tough all around knife, holds an edge well, in your budget. http://www.chefknivestogo.com/riar21.html



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 Post subject: Re: need knife suggestions; no fixed notions
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:53 am 

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I have looked up the knife recommended and believe it to be excellent. One request. If there is another knife in the 150mm to 175mm category that is worth considering as a comparison, that would be greatly appreciated. It would be a little more nimble (a benefit) than the 210mm option. Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: need knife suggestions; no fixed notions
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 5:18 am 
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There are a few pettys in this list within your budget if you prefer that over a 210mm.

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/150mmpettys.html
Of these I would go with this - http://www.chefknivestogo.com/gokopetty150mm.html



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 Post subject: Re: need knife suggestions; no fixed notions
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:52 pm 

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Hi:
Take a look at the Moritaka 165mm petty. It is over your budget but a great knife.

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/mosu16pe.html


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 Post subject: Re: need knife suggestions; no fixed notions
PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:42 pm 

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Thanks for the suggestions. I have ordered the 150mm Goko Petty. I'll take another look at the Moritaka when it is back in stock. Next up, a paring knife.


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 Post subject: Re: need knife suggestions; no fixed notions
PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:44 pm 
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Nice choice!



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