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 Post subject: Help Choosing a Knife
PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 6:07 pm 

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Hello guys.

Im from Brazil and new to this forum. Im a chef, also owner of a restaurante but I dont cook on the restaurant itself.

Besides that, I love knifes, and love to cook for friends.

Im looking for a new and high performance knife besides Wusthof and Henckels. I dont know NOTHING about types of steel, blades ETC. But I did some research on the forum and looked up for some itens on the website. I just need help clarifying some things:

1 - I want an Blade that is Extremely sharp and will hold it for a long time
2 - Has to be beautifull (As I would like to start a collection)
3 - Need to have good balance and be great for vegetables, no hard work involved. Just home cooking and looking great on my living room

I´m thinking on spending 200 U$ up to 300 U$ if its really worth it.

Here are some that I have my eyes on:

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/shunpremier21.html - Really like the Looks and seems very sharp. But have some chip issues on the blade, is that correct?

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/tskape15.html

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/higy21.html

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/tojiro-dp-f-8081.html

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/mayugy21.html (This is my current choice but they dont have it in stock)

Would you guys recommend something else? For 300 U$ i can just buy 2 cheaper and good ones or invest a little more on a Really nice blade.

Also I´m no good sharpening with stones. It has to be a blade that would fit just fine on a Wusthof handheld sharpener.

Thanks very much in advance


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 Post subject: Re: Help Choosing a Knife
PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 6:22 pm 
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Welcome Netto!
I don't mean to rain on your parade, but I wouldn't let any of those knives anywhere near your hand sharpener. You'll take a knife capable of super sharp edges with great performance and reduce the edge to rubbish in short order. Before you purchase a high performance knife like those on your list, please check if any employees at your restaurant or anyone else you know can sharpen well with water stones.

Free hand sharpening on water stones is actually not that hard to learn the basics, and then you'll be able to put better edges on ALL your knives.


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 Post subject: Re: Help Choosing a Knife
PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 6:51 pm 

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Steve thanks for the reply

Im considering the Edge Pro KIT the basic one. That would be ok right?

But what about the knives? I need to buy it today. I talked to Mark and he recommended me this one

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kohagy21.html

and for daily use this one here

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/tojiro-dp-f-8081.html

But Im willing to spend up to 300U$ on the knife itself. Really looking for a cool damascus finish

I really need to buy these today, so they can be shipped to the hotel my sister is staying in Orlando. She will be heading back next saturday, so Im in kind of a schedule.

Thanks very much for the input

Thanks for the input


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 Post subject: Re: Help Choosing a Knife
PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 7:47 pm 

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Netto

Have you looked at the masakage shimo series? Its not a clad knife like the Yuki series so it will need a little more care. The steel is white #2 and sharp ootb like all masakage knives. It's a looker.
Finding good sharpening stones and learning to sharpen is a fulfilling experience.


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 Post subject: Re: Help Choosing a Knife
PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 9:04 pm 
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Netto, I like those knives that Mark recommended.

The Edge Pro kit is good and makes learning to sharpen a bit easier than using free hand stones.


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 Post subject: Re: Help Choosing a Knife
PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 9:23 pm 

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Thanks very much for all the replies I ended um buying the one that Mark recommended. Há said its pretty sharp and hold the edge like no other.
 
Kohetsu HAP40 Gyuto 210mm

Ill be heading to New York on july and Ill buy 2 o 3 more until then, só inputs Will be very helpfull

The masakage yuki was my choice but they went out of stock. But Will be the next one.

Really apreciate all the answers. Starting tô do some research on sharpening skills on water Stones.

My budget for july is another 500 to 700 dollars for knives. Maybe 3 or Just a Really Nice one


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 Post subject: Re: Help Choosing a Knife
PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 10:34 pm 
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Awesome! Great choice. Using that Kohetsu for a while will help you form opinions and preferences that should help on your next purchases.


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 Post subject: Re: Help Choosing a Knife
PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 12:54 am 

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Based on your needs, that Kohetsu should be a awesome.


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 Post subject: Re: Help Choosing a Knife
PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 5:08 am 
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You definitely need to get your hands on that Yuki when you can, that is one hell of a blade!



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 Post subject: Re: Help Choosing a Knife
PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 7:06 am 

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Thanks for all the answers.

The Yuki Will. Be the next one, as soon as they get back in stock.

Also have my eyes on the itou Santoku damascus. Is it a good performer? Does it need to much mantenaince?


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