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Jan 25, 2007 04:12 AM

Need a new set of knives.

I need a new set of knives and am confused about the best bang for the buck. Any suggestions as to what brand to get and where to get the best price?

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    1. The best bang for the buck is not to buy a set. Think about the set you have now. Which knives do you actually *use* on a regular basis? I'd guess not more than three of them. Your money will be better spent getting a few nice knives that you'll use every day rather than a set of ten mediocre ones.

      Knives are very personal things. I'd suggest going to a store that has a wide variety of brands and will let you handle them on a cutting board. A knife that's uncomfortable to use is almost useless, try a few and see what type of handle you like best.

    2. FYI: you can always edit your post within a few hours even if you've already submitted it. Just click on the bottom right "Edit" link.

      Anyway, are you sure you want a "set" of knives? I bought a set (block) of 7 knives several years ago now but I only use 2 or 3 of them regularly. Purchasing al a carte, you're not paying extra for stuff you won't use. I've been impressed with the quality and performance of the Sabatier, Au Carbone line.

      As far as prices go, there's always deals to be found online!

      1. Never ever buy sets of anything. Buy openstock and buy what you need and will use. I know the other posters have said this but it cannot be said too much. Buy knives that fit your hands and are comfortable for you to use. Henkels fit my grip but might not be right for your hands. You really need to handle them and decide what you will be comfortable with. But don't buy sets of pans, dishes etc. You are buying stuff you may never use. Invest in what you will use. It is money well spent in the long run.

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        1. re: Candy


          See this thread:

          for some good tips.

          Aside from not buying sets, spend most of your available money on a good primary knife (usually either an 8-10" chef knife or a santoku)... you'll use it the most and it'll last a long time).

        2. Buy a Shun or a Global, pay the price, and be happy with them for the rest of your life.

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          1. re: EclecticEater

            E.E., I am a knife junky with many hand crafted knives. (Some hand made by Japanese families with hammered and folded damascus blades.) Given that, the Shun line of knives are amazing--especially for the price. If I owned stock in Henkels, I'd sell, sell, sell.

          2. I know nothing about your current knives; that said, a professional sharpening might extend their useful lives. Sorry about the rhyme. I agree w/ the above posts that "a set" is not necessary.