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Advice - Chefs knife

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Advice - Chefs knife

Did a search. Found piles of expired deals. Not necessarily concerned with a deal. Looking for a decent chefs knife. Been using the shown Canadian Tire special (santoku?). Don't mind spending some money on a quality product, just don't know where to start. Appreciate some first hand experience and recommendations.
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All the victorinox fibrox are excellent. Grab the 6 inch utility. Can't beat it.

If costco has the global 3 set for $130 grab that.
If you see a zwilling pro, made in Germany chef knife for less than $70 grab it.

Added what I paid for mine.
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KevinM56081 wrote: Fully expecting some sort of response from @UrbanPoet... Just saying...
Hey ! I make really good stuff because I put a lot of time, care, research, and passion into what I do.
Also as cheesy as this sounds... you must become AT ONE With your food... you just have to feel it. Its hard to explain...

I make the most out of my inexpensive equipment. My competition style BBQ is done with a $50 weber kettle from kijiji.
My knives are from Canadian tire and Costco. But as long as you keep your knife clean and sharp, it will do you well.
That is actually the same knife I have... I also use a Chinese style meat cleaver.
But the key is the sharpen frequently and keep them clean. And about once a year, use an electric knife sharpener to give it a new edge.
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OP...there are more than a few threads on chefs knives. Suggest you go read those because some good advice is not going to be reposted just because of fatigue.
We're all bozos on the bus until we find a way to express ourselves...

Failure is always an option...just not the preferred one!
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And learning how to sharpen is essential. Many a good knives go to waste after they dull a little.
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The biggest difference of a expensive knife vs cheap knife is that the more expensive one is able to maintain it's blade for a longer time. I'm by no means a knife expert but I've picked up discounted zwilling chef knifes for around $100 dollars that have kept their blade with very little maintenance.
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victorinox fibrox for the win, in fact I even went and bought a fancy damascus steel japanese knife and I've yet to use it becaue my fibrox works great. Get the $99 3 step knife sharpener from Costco and you're golden!
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My favourite knife is my Global Chef's knife. Its razor sharp and keeps its edge for a long time, and I use it every day. Truly a joy to use!

I also have a Global Santoku which was my favourite before I got the Chef's.
That's my 2cents worth
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themagekiler wrote: The biggest difference of a expensive knife vs cheap knife is that the more expensive one is able to maintain it's blade for a longer time. I'm by no means a knife expert but I've picked up discounted zwilling chef knifes for around $100 dollars that have kept their blade with very little maintenance.
Not true.
We're all bozos on the bus until we find a way to express ourselves...

Failure is always an option...just not the preferred one!
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Thanks all for the input. Will do some further digging into some of these suggestions now - So much product out there, and didn't have a great grasp where to start. Will look into a sharpener as well (guess I missed the one from Costco in the hot deals section)
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My favorite chefs knife is the 8" Zwilling 5 star.

Tried a Global and returned it. The handle is very thin and I found it slippery too.

The chefschoice 1520 from Costco is amazing sharpener.
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i agree that any half decent knife kept sharp regularly is going to be just fine... people only buy expensive knives because they start to enjoy it as a hobby, and i mean knife collecting not cooking.
i have like 3 different victorinox knives and they're all i think i'll ever need. i sharpened my santoku like a month ago and it still cuts through tomato skins with little effort.
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I'm going to throw in.... the knife that fits your hands well. If you have smaller hands and a larger handle (or vice versa) you'll never really be happy using the knife.
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Thoughts on the Global 10 piece for $599.99?
https://www.costco.ca/global-takashi-10 ... 93543.html

I've been happy with the Global 3 piece I snagged a few years back, combined with Chefchoice sharpener.

Will be cutting up a whole raw turkey for sous vide - high quality boning knife would be sweet.
Higher quality bread knife and sheers would be useful too.

Would have several redundancies - guess I could sell them, or give my older ones away to my sister.

Was considering just grabbing a few individuals, but it seems the better deal is something like the 10 piece.
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shikotee wrote: Thoughts on the Global 10 piece for $599.99?
https://www.costco.ca/global-takashi-10 ... 93543.html

I've been happy with the Global 3 piece I snagged a few years back, combined with Chefchoice sharpener.

Will be cutting up a whole raw turkey for sous vide - high quality boning knife would be sweet.
Higher quality bread knife and sheers would be useful too.

Would have several redundancies - guess I could sell them, or give my older ones away to my sister.

Was considering just grabbing a few individuals, but it seems the better deal is something like the 10 piece.
No one needs a knife set........ 99% of the cooks will use 3 knifes at most. More does not equal better. Thats my thoughts.
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cRaZyRaVr wrote: No one needs a knife set........ 99% of the cooks will use 3 knifes at most. More does not equal better. Thats my thoughts.
I guess I was looking for more feedback on the deal itself.
When you look at the price for the 10pc compared to how much those knives go for individually, it seems like a substantial deal.

I've been using the Global 3 piece for a couple of years, and agree that it the most utilitarian of them all.
I carved up a raw Turkey this morning using both utility and cook's knife.
Not the end of the world to not have, but a boning knife (thin and longer) would have been much more useful.

Like many in the covid era, I have been baking various sourdough/rye breads every week - my bread knife is skimpy, and would very much love to see how the Global bread knife would perform.

I'm also planning to do more cooks involving full birds (turkey, chicken, duck).
The shears would be very useful for spatchcocking the spines out.

I have the chefchoice electric sharpener, but do not actually have a sharpening rod (which would be useful for touch ups).

So - 4 items from the set would be very useful for me, while the rest would be dupes or not really needed.
It does not make sense to purchase them individually - the cost would be fairly close to the 10pcs set.

As mentioned - could consider selling/giving away the dupes. The benefit from having extras would be to put off sharpening, lol.
Lots of cooking at home, so would be used daily.
For bigger family functions, would also be useful for when everyone is helping with things in the kitchen.

I'm fairly happy with Global knives - this was my first purchase of a higher quality knife.
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shikotee wrote: I guess I was looking for more feedback on the deal itself.
When you look at the price for the 10pc compared to how much those knives go for individually, it seems like a substantial deal.

I've been using the Global 3 piece for a couple of years, and agree that it the most utilitarian of them all.
I carved up a raw Turkey this morning using both utility and cook's knife.
Not the end of the world to not have, but a boning knife (thin and longer) would have been much more useful.

Like many in the covid era, I have been baking various sourdough/rye breads every week - my bread knife is skimpy, and would very much love to see how the Global bread knife would perform.

I'm also planning to do more cooks involving full birds (turkey, chicken, duck).
The shears would be very useful for spatchcocking the spines out.

I have the chefchoice electric sharpener, but do not actually have a sharpening rod (which would be useful for touch ups).

So - 4 items from the set would be very useful for me, while the rest would be dupes or not really needed.
It does not make sense to purchase them individually - the cost would be fairly close to the 10pcs set.

As mentioned - could consider selling/giving away the dupes. The benefit from having extras would be to put off sharpening, lol.
Lots of cooking at home, so would be used daily.
For bigger family functions, would also be useful for when everyone is helping with things in the kitchen.

I'm fairly happy with Global knives - this was my first purchase of a higher quality knife.
Every single thing you want to do can be done with chefs or paring knife. Yes, its nice to have a knife for every thing you might want to cut, but why????
Spend the time and learn to use the took and read on how to maintain in properly, rather than buying more and more.

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