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Knives, especially L. C. Germain knives

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Someone gave me a set of knives bearing the stamp L. C. Germain, and asked me to give them to someone who would like them.

Before I do that, I'd like to know if these are regarded as high-quality knives. They certainly look like it, and they look substantial. But I have not been able to learn much about them.

Anyone have any info on them?

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  1. I received a set of them when I got married 25 years ago. I used them and thought they were sufficient, until I tried a good Henkel's chef's knife. I immediately ran out and replaced the whole set, since I finally understood what high quality knives were -- not LC Germain -- or at least the set I had. They looked nice and were better than my mom's growing up, but they couldn't hold an edge and just didn't have the weight and feel and sharp edge of a good German knife.

    Since then, I've tried others including Wusthoff and Shun, and I never again thought about those LC Germains, which went for a few dollars at the next garage sale. Maybe there are different lines, as the other manufacturers have multiple lines that range in price, but I would not call them high quality. They are about the minimum low end for knife set.