Knife Block recs please?
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?
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.
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/
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.
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.