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 Post subject: Knife rec change
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:58 am 
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Seeing some changes are coming after the yearend destruction, I'd like to petition for some changes in the CKTG list of knife rec questions. I think the initial list doesn't capture quite everything I want to know before I give a recommendation.

Here is a list I drew up as a possible alternative. Most of the questions are the same, but i think a few would shed more light on a buyer's request.

1)Pro or home cook?
2)What kind of knife do you want? (gyuto, santuko, etc)
3) What size knife do you want?
4)How much do you want to spend?
5) Do you prefer stainless or reactive carbon?
6)Do you prefer Western or Japanese handle?
7)What are your main knife/knives now?
8)Are yourk knife skills excellent, good, fair?
9)Are you a rocker, chopper or push cutter?
10)Do you know how to sharpen?

Feel free to attach the answers to the questions or just provide the answers by themselves.

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Knowing if a buyer is a pro or home cook quickly tells me if I have anything to offer. As a home cook I tend not to make recs for pros with specific needs unless they asking about durability, toughness or ease of sharpening.

What a person is using now to cut tells me a ton about them. So does knowing if they are a rocker or chopper and how good their skills are.

I would drop the question on cutting board and whether a pro cook is working the line or something else. I have never given a rec based on someone's cutting board or ever let it determine my choice of knives. Most poly boards are decent enough and wood boards are generally good. I doubt anyone buying a J knife is using glass!

As for the pro prep question, every pro who posts here seems to have a pretty good idea of what they want to begin with.

Anyway, throwing it out there for thoughts.



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 Post subject: Re: Knife rec change
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:29 pm 
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I like it.



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 Post subject: Re: Knife rec change
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:47 pm 
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Gets my vote. Nice one Jeffry.


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 Post subject: Re: Knife rec change
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:09 pm 

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I like it too, but I think that budget is an important qualifier to include. But then, I just might not roll quite as high as Jeffry... actually, I definitely don't. ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Knife rec change
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:10 pm 
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+1, makes more sense.


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 Post subject: Re: Knife rec change
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:44 pm 
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cjmeik wrote:I like it too, but I think that budget is an important qualifier to include. But then, I just might not roll quite as high as Jeffry... actually, I definitely don't. ;)


The original question asking buyers how much they want to spend remains, Chris. No. 4. Perhaps it should be moved to No. 2.

1)Pro or home cook?
2)How much do you want to spend?
3)What kind of knife do you want? (gyuto, santuko, etc)
4)) What size knife do you want?
5) Do you prefer stainless or reactive carbon?
6)Do you prefer Western or Japanese handle?
7)What are your main knife/knives now?
8)Are your knife skills excellent, good, fair?
9)Are you a rocker, chopper or push cutter?
10)Do you know how to sharpen?

Feel free to attach the answers to the questions or just provide the answers by themselves.



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 Post subject: Re: Knife rec change
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:50 pm 

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Woops. Completely missed it, Jeffry. My bad!


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 Post subject: Re: Knife rec change
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:59 pm 

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Should probably add if budget includes stones, etc.


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 Post subject: Re: Knife rec change
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:10 pm 

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why not use glass cutting boards? :) I can't believe they still sell at target!! Or better yet the granite countertop like my mother?

I think that looks good. Maybe ask if its for the line or for prep when it comes to pro cooks...maybe?

Can it be made easier to fill out? When I did mine, from my iPhone mind you, I had to Copy and paste the questions and fill in the answers. Is there a simpler way idk about?


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 Post subject: Re: Knife rec change
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:21 pm 

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Personally, I would like to know what kind of stuff they cut mostly, or plan to cut mostly with the knife. And the variety, too, on top of the most common. When I used to try to help people with this stuff, that was something I always asked.


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