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Chicago Cutlery Centurion - Wusthof Quality for Small $

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Gotta say, best bang for the buck in knives right now is the Chicago Cutlery Centurion line. I am sure some knife weenie will chime in and tell me that unless you spend $250 a knife you just can't chop an onion ;-). I am actually a carbon steel fan, but these days it is almost impossible to find a good carbon steel knife for reasonable $.

I have quite a few knives including several Wusthof and Global knives, but best bang for the buck is the Chicago Centurion blades. They look identical to my Wusthofs and really hold an edge. I actually prefer them to the Wusthofs.

The three piece set for $24.99 (the price of a Wusthof paring knife) is an insane bargain:

http://www.amazon.com/Chicago-Cutlery...

The larger set is all the knives you will ever need:

http://www.amazon.com/Chicago-Cutlery...

And while I don't like the blades quite as much, the Walnut Tradition knives are also very respectable and have pretty walnut handles:

http://www.amazon.com/Chicago-Cutlery...

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  1. I agree - have several wonderful knives that my brother-in-law has sent me over the years from his travels, but an old wood handle Chicago Cutlery still is my favorite for the cut, the edge, and for just durability. Not sure if the formula for their steel has changed in recent years, but this one has given fantastic service for many years for the sub-$10 I paid for it at an outlet.

      1. My sister got me a set of Chicago santoku knives a 7 in and a 4 in. I could do without the 4 in but the 7 in is the best knife that I own and I absolutely love it. It has the perfect weight and balance and is decently sharp- only $19.99 at Target.

        1. I actually like Chicago Cutlery's Kyoto line. They're basically Shun knockoffs, made to emulate their look but not their high tech construction and incredible edge. Still, they're ground to about 15 degrees and will take a good edge. After working on a couple of them on waterstones they'll fillet a strip of paper. Very attractive knives at a bargain price- I got a block with a 7" hollow-ground santoku, 7" nakiri, 8" serrated bread knife, 5" boning knife, 4" sheeps foot paring knife, 4 straight edged steak knives and a steel for $125.

          No, not as nice as my spendier knives but good for the money. I was impressed by the look and their edge in the store, bought the block to try them out. I'm always on the lookout for gifts or to be able to recommend something to friends that want "some good knives" but start to choke when I mention knives over $125 each.

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          1. re: Beowulf

            Good to hear that even a true knife fanatic approves. I gotta keep an eye out for the Kyoto line.

            1. re: StriperGuy

              Kohls carries them, and a few other stores. Just google them if you don't have a Kohls near you. The knives are available open stock, too- the santuko is about $20, and the set of 4 steak knives runs about $50. The latter especially is a screaming bargain vs anything else I'm aware of at that price.