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kitchen knives...where in Toronto

ognir Sep 14, 2006 09:17 AM

What is the best store in Toronto for kitchen knives? Who has the most knowledgeable staff and the best selection?

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  1. Kagemusha RE: ognir Sep 14, 2006 12:14 PM

    Brands and/or types of knives???

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      ognir RE: Kagemusha Sep 14, 2006 05:54 PM

      Sorry, I should have been more clear. I'm talking about all kinds of chef's kitchen knives. As for brands, higher-end quality. I want to find that mythical old guy in a specialty shop somewhere who knows everything there is to know about chef's kitchen knives.

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      indianchik RE: ognir Sep 14, 2006 01:03 PM

      at home outfitters i think near the cash registers they keep these knives that are VERY Sharp. my mom swears by them. they are i think $1.99 or something around that price

      1. westhead74 RE: ognir Sep 14, 2006 01:06 PM

        High Tech on Front St. E @ George (East of Jarvis)

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          oishi RE: ognir Sep 14, 2006 01:21 PM

          Try Fortune on Spadina (West side), north of Baldwin, near Kensington market.

          1. xtal RE: ognir Sep 14, 2006 02:00 PM

            Tap Phong (Spadina @ Baldwin) actually carries Global knives at a substantial discount, as compared to most retailers. If you know what you want in a Global knife, this is definitely the place to get it.

            1. Kagemusha RE: ognir Sep 14, 2006 02:25 PM

              Bianco on Avenue Rd. Costco usually carries mid-grade Henckel sets at nice prices.

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                foodio RE: Kagemusha Sep 14, 2006 04:49 PM

                I second costco...they have a great set of henckels for a very reasonable price

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                malcolmjolley RE: ognir Sep 14, 2006 02:52 PM

                The Cook's Place on The Danforth at Logan: http://www.thecooksplace.com/

                Best selection of Japanese and German, know their stuff inside out, will sell you best value, not necesarrily most expensive.

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                  ognir RE: malcolmjolley Sep 15, 2006 03:12 AM

                  I don't get out to the Danforth often, but I will be sure to stop in there next time. Thanks.

                2. pescatarian RE: ognir Sep 14, 2006 03:07 PM

                  Nella's on Queen East

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                    embee RE: ognir Sep 14, 2006 04:38 PM

                    I find that virtually all Victorinox/Forschner knives are cheap, easy to handle, and of excellent quality. I can't think of a store offhand, but they are fairly widely available. When I say excellent, I mean when compared to the top-of-the-line Wusthof and Henckels knives at 3 times the price. This company is one of the makers of Swiss Army Knives. Incredible value.

                    Of the stores mentioned, the Chinese places on Spadina tend to be much cheaper than most other outlets. I know Tap Phong and Fortune, but there are also a few others. There's a Chinese brand called Dexter (my Dexter cleaver was actually made in the US - go figure) that is extremely sharp and well made, though they do rust.

                    The Cook's Place is a great place to shop but is VERY expensive. Another store in this realm is Degrees on Yonge north of Eg. The owner of Cook's Place declared the owner of Degrees to be the most knowledgable person in town, though his staff isn't all at the same level.

                    High Tech is also very expensive and is not necessarily knowledgable -- good stuff, but more about design than function.

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                      goodtimegirl RE: ognir Sep 14, 2006 06:09 PM

                      You want
                      NELLA CUCINA
                      Located at: 876 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario - 11⁄2 blocks north of Bloor, west side.

                      They sell professional knives.

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                        pimentdespelette RE: goodtimegirl Sep 15, 2006 02:44 AM

                        I second that, and strongly. Wide selection from the classics (and the Classics) to their own excellent inexpensive house brand. Though you may not find that mythical old man . . .

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                          ognir RE: pimentdespelette Sep 15, 2006 03:10 AM

                          Yes, I've seen that place. Gotta check it out. Thanks for the reminder.

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                          Mila RE: goodtimegirl Sep 18, 2006 02:13 PM

                          I too really like Nella for their variety and their cheap house brand which is decent quality. They give a 15% (I think 15) to students, including those just taking a night course.

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                          miranda RE: ognir Sep 14, 2006 11:07 PM

                          Bianco by Sarah Band...on Avenue Rd...she's a Cordon Bleu Grad from London...and as a chef she can tell you which knife is for what use...prices are good too...Miranda

                          1. Davwud RE: ognir Sep 15, 2006 11:53 AM

                            I would also suggest that you need a good long carving knife for specificly that. Carving. Turkey, roasts, etc.


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                              erly RE: ognir Sep 15, 2006 04:10 PM

                              I use the Victorinox tomato knives as steak knives.
                              They stay sharp for years, and don't rust.
                              I actually prefer their products to Henckles, and they are less expensive.

                              1. Vise RE: ognir Sep 15, 2006 07:11 PM

                                If you are unsure as to what you want try going to The Cook's Place, super helpful and will let you try out/handle any of the knives they have in stock. If you're looking for the best price Tap Phong for sure... especially for Global's.

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                                  bogie RE: Vise Sep 15, 2006 11:11 PM

                                  I agree with you about Tap Phong, their knife prices are 30% less that other retailers. I find Nella to be very expensive.

                                  I don't know if the George Brown or Liason College bookstores sell knives, but I know that other culinary schools often sell them at student prices. This is a great way to get your Victorinox.

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                                  vox RE: ognir Sep 15, 2006 11:53 PM

                                  i really dislike global knives (handle and balance, especially), and i personally find the staff at the cook's place not overly knowledgeable about knives.

                                  if you're looking to expand your knife collection, the knife merchant online is fantastic. shipping is fast and it's got a great selection of western and japanese brands.

                                  i think that in north america, korin is the best. they also sell online, although you get MURDERED on customs and ups fees. it's best to go directly to the store if you're ever in nyc.

                                  the selection of masahiros (!!!)

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                                    Joobu RE: vox Sep 16, 2006 12:06 AM

                                    If you're looking to purchase online paulsfinest.com is Canadian and carries Misono, Hattori, and Masahiro as well as the usual suspects. No murder on customs thankfully.

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                                    storeman RE: ognir Sep 16, 2006 12:29 PM

                                    try Dinetz Restrnt Equipment Ltd
                                    Address : 231 King Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 1J9
                                    Telephone : 416-368-8657
                                    Website : www.dinetz.ca

                                    Across from Grorge brown Collage all the first year cooking class from GB go there

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                                      mramage RE: storeman Sep 16, 2006 09:11 PM

                                      Actually Dinetz does not sell knives, but if you want high-quality knives at cheap prices try the George Brown Book Store across the street in the mian building. The web site is:


                                      Much cheaper than what you get in the commercial stores - Henckel, Wustof, and Victorinox. The only thing is they may be out of stock of some items at this time, because all the Hospitality students have bought their equipment for the school year.

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                                      Mise RE: ognir Sep 17, 2006 04:48 AM

                                      Get a grip (so to speak) -- all of this is way off the chow! But where does anyone suggest that Dinetz doesn't sell a knife or anything else? I was there recently -- the Global 10'' Chef's knife was listed at $171. That may be more expensive than other places -- if so let me know, but I've never had an issue with these people (and I am not in the industry).

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                                        qtxniki RE: ognir Sep 18, 2006 06:13 PM

                                        Along the same line:

                                        WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO GET KNIVES SHARPENED? I religiously hone my knives, but they need to be resharpened. There used to be an old man with a cart which came door to door to sharpen knives, but I havent seen him in 2 years. So does anyone have any idea where I can get them done WELL and cheap?

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                                          Mila RE: qtxniki Sep 18, 2006 07:08 PM

                                          Nella sharpens. I think about $4 a knife.

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                                          Smalph RE: ognir Sep 22, 2006 08:39 PM

                                          Sorry to come so late to the party, but if you're willing to travel a bit (not too far, Pearson Airport-ish), try George Tichbourne. Every knife made by hand, lifetime guarantee, lifetime free sharpening - not that they need it very often. www.tichbourneknives.com I can't say enough good things about these knives. Gorgeous. I have quite a few of the kitchen knives, and there is nothing they can't cut through, smoothly.

                                          You won't get out of there quickly - his wife will chat your ear off - but you'll want to handle everything anyhow.

                                          1. The Chowhound Team RE: ognir Sep 23, 2006 12:13 AM

                                            Some interesting discussion of 'what knives do you really need?' has been moved over to the Cookware board at http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                                            Please keep this thread focused on local Ontario resources for purchasing knives, and continue the general discussion of necessary knives on Cookware.

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