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Knife Block recs please?

jahg Dec 7, 2007 02:41 PM

I'm looking to get a nice knife block set for my father for Christmas. Something $300 or under with 7-8 pieces. No need for steak knives. I've been looking at Henckels and Wusthof but have no idea the difference between each brand and the different kinds of each brand. Can anyone help please?
Thank you!

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    Sam Harmon RE: jahg Dec 7, 2007 04:33 PM

    If we're talking about the top of the line from each producer, there is a fundamental difference. Wusthof are still made the traditional way--hand forged from a single piece of steel. Henckels use some ice-hardened layering process for all knives 6" or longer.

    I have all Wusthof Classic except for one 6" utility knife that's a Henckel's Pro-S. It's a very good knife, but I have a definite preference for Wusthof.

    As for where to buy them, if you live in a large city your Bed Bath & Beyond should have 8 piece block sets of each for around $300. Use a 20% off coupon. I know the coupons say "not applicable for..." The reality is that BB&B will honor them for anything in the store. The luxury brands just make them print that on the coupons out of brand image.

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      chipman RE: Sam Harmon Dec 9, 2007 09:04 AM

      Just a foot note on the BB&B coupons. They do not expire. No matter what date they have on them, they are good for as long as you have and want to use them. This is a federal law, not a good will gesture by the store. Save them up and use them when you want.

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        foodstorm RE: chipman Dec 16, 2007 11:56 AM

        another footnote: sometimes the coupons disallow certain items--including Wusthof and Henckels from time to time. I am a great saver of these coupons and some older ones disallow one brand, or the other, or both. You can try to use them anyway--worth a try.

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          Mother of four RE: chipman Dec 17, 2007 07:05 PM

          A federal law? I sure never heard that before. Linen and Things used to go back and forth between accepting everything, and then nothing over sixty days. I got mad, so just shopped at BB&B. Lately, its back to accepting everything.

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        thistle5 RE: jahg Dec 7, 2007 05:07 PM

        I'd recommend a block by Brion Keagle (www.keaglecutlery.com)-they're lovely & can be customized to your knives...

        1. UnConundrum RE: jahg Dec 8, 2007 06:41 PM

          Are you looking for knives or a block to store them in? If its the block you want, I agree with the other poster, Keagle does a nice job. Personally, though, I don't like blocks anymore... and prefer magnetic holders like those made by this guy: http://www.benchcrafted.com/

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            jahg RE: UnConundrum Dec 10, 2007 01:48 PM

            Looking more for the knives rather than the block, but it seems as if its way more expensive to buy the knives individually

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              UnConundrum RE: jahg Dec 11, 2007 04:25 PM

              If you're looking for something special in the way of knives, check out http://www.japanesechefsknife.com/pro...

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            Bob J. RE: jahg Dec 15, 2007 08:54 AM

            I have both Henckel and Wusthof knifes in my kitchen. The Wusthof blade is heavier metal than Henckel. You can get a Henckel set of Knives at a SAMS or Costco. Ruby

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              foodstorm RE: Bob J. Dec 16, 2007 11:51 AM

              the Henckels knives at Costco are their "value" or bargain knives. Their Premium lines (the one with the twin man icon, not at Costco) are the only Henckels worth considering, imo, but they cost more.

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              polish_girl RE: jahg Dec 16, 2007 02:01 PM

              I saw a nice set of Wusthoff at Costco last week for $199.

              1. yayadave RE: jahg Dec 16, 2007 02:43 PM

                Here's something to consider. You may spend $350 and only have three knives and a block..
                Dad's eyes will tear up when he sees the Shuns. The Dexter-Russell bread knife will give great service for a long time and if you check locally you can save a few bucks on this knife. Just stop in at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for the block. It's heavy, so the postage will go another $10 if you have it shipped to you. In no time he'll have a few utility and paring knives in his block, but these three will always have pride of place and do the heavy lifting.

                I forgot to include a steel. Maybe he has one or it could be a birthday present.

                1. andreas RE: jahg Dec 17, 2007 10:26 AM

                  I would not give knives as a present. They are a really personal choice and a knife that feels good in your hand might be too light, heave, small, large for your dad. Maybe a gift coupon would be the better option here.

                  As far as knife blocks go, I'd always go with a magnetic strip. No counter space needed and they won't ruin your blades.

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                    lupaglupa RE: andreas Dec 17, 2007 10:40 AM

                    I'm with Andreas - everytime you slide the knife in and out of the block you dull the knife a bit.

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                      renov8r RE: lupaglupa Dec 18, 2007 02:10 PM

                      Unless you get a block that only allows you to store the knife on its side or a kapoosh block http://www.chowhound.com/topics/33078...

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                        Sam Harmon RE: renov8r Dec 18, 2007 02:35 PM

                        For cleaning dust out of the blocks, use the same compressed air that you use for computer equipment. It'll blast any dust or crumbs out of the slots.

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