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Sep 28, 2007 11:07 AM

Knives, kitchen, steak, Need advice.

I'm choosing between 4 sets of steak knives, Wüsthof, global and sabatier or Victorinox. I could also just get a whole knife set, what I want to know if anyone out there has any of these brands and how they like them, or which one they thnk is the best one.

I have to admit, I am kind of looking to go the high end route with the knives. I know I shouldn't overspend, but in ths case, I really can't help myself.

Also should I just buy steak knives or get a set instead?

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  1. Easy one first - just buy a set of steak knives, we have Wusthof and they are awesome.

    My company does research on a ton of products, including knives:

    After doing the research, we have Henkel's at home, but other users (and I agree) rank Kramer as tops. Kramer makes incredible knives, they were just not in the budget this time around.

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    1. re: bworp

      Good Lord, those Kramer's are incredible! I have never heard of them, and I'm ashamed to admit it ;-) Especially those Damascus steel... I'd like an 8 inch chef's knife, but spending 1k+ on a knife is out of my budget right now too. It sure would be nice to have one though!

      As for the steak knives, we have some Wusthof at home and love them.

    2. I have a very large collection of Wusthof classic knives that i have built up over time. Keep your eyes open for sales. I have gotten some of my best deals at Macys as well as some on sale at Amazon. These are great knives and as high end as my budget will allow.

      1. Sonny, I have worked in kitchens for over 19 years , Im an executive chef ,my first knife was a wustof, I have a whole set at work and a whole set at home. people will disagree with me, but germans know knives, PERIOD. Buy a small set to get you started, and check out, they always have sales. as for steak knives any thing from langouliue france ( i think that this is the wrong spelling ) they are the best by far and I think that williams sonoma sells them but they are over priced there.

        also go into the stor ebc depending on you rhand size , you want something that fits in your hand comfortably. Good Luck

        1. For the steak knives, Cook's Illustrated did a test and they liked the Cuisinart CA4 Steak Knife ($30 for a set of four) as one of their best buys. Their overall winner was the Forschner Rosewood Straight Edge Steak Knife ($80 for a set of six).

          As for other knives, I'm not a fan of sets (like many people who post on these boards). Especially if you're looking for higher end stuff, buy a piece at a time. I don't think there's one brand out there that makes the best of each type of knife you'll want. My chef's knife is a classic Henkel 4 star and I love it. The other knives I'd consider indispensable include my Forschner 10 inch serrated knife which works well for slicing, for bread and for things like tomatoes. You can find it here:
          I also love my 6 inch Henkel utility knife.

          1. Why do you need a high-end steak knives? If you cook the steak or pork chop the right way, it isn't hard to cut them... For our wedding registry we thought about getting a wusthof set, but we just got a simple 18/10 stainless WMF set, which was less than half the price of wusthof. It works perfectly. With the regular knives, however, I'd go with the high-end sets since cutting tomatoes, filleting chicken are hard to do with crappy knives...