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Mar 2, 2009 02:05 PM

Global knives breaking/snapping issues?

Hi! I'm in the market to upgrade a few new knives (getting married and registering, looking for a chef's, paring, and probably utility and a sashimi). I went to store and tried a few and I really like the light feel of the Globals and the all-steel construction, but I've read from a few posts that some people have had the blade snap off at the handle and that has me a little scared... even though I always take good care of my knives (never dishwash them or anything).

So I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem or do these people just not know how to take care of knives? I have to admit I was thinking about getting a magnetic rack since I like the idea of my knives being right in front of me, but I've heard this can weaken the knife from repeatedly pulling it off.

Thanks for your input!
Scott (new to this forum!)

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  1. Globals are nice - they're light and stay sharp. I've had a couple, one snapped as I thwacked garlic - it was there and then it wasn't. And one just showed up in the drawer broken (I keep them in guards) - so no clue what happened. I've replaced both of them with the same knife - so call me loyal or stupid.

    For full disclosure, I've some german chef knives and am exploring other japanese knives (ok - so maybe I'm not entirely stupid or loyal!).

    Welcome to the forum and be prepared for lots of opinion!
    Congrats on the wedding.

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    1. re: alwayscooking

      I have about a dozen Global knives that I've had for many years without problems. Question is-how many knives of all makes just occasionally fail from regular use, not just abuse. I wouldn't hesitate to get another Global. Was just in one of my favorite stores- Warren Cutlery in Rhinebeck, NY, where I could have asked their experience with knife breakage, especially when it comes to Global. Really a matter of what fits your hand and what feels right to you.

    2. If it feels good in your hand, go for it

      1. Don't waste your registry for a paring knife.
        The best paring knife around is a Victoronix that you can buy for less than $5 at any kitchen or restaurant supply store. They're sharp and yes, they have a plastic handle. But that's what most professionals I know use and buy for their own homes.

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        1. re: monku

          when I was at work I used a paring knive but at home I have a wusthof utilty knive. Utility knife is your best bet along with chefs knife and bread knife and maybe fillet knife.

        2. I've heard that knife snapping is more common now that recycled steel is the normal material. Prior to the late 80's it was more common for knives to be forged from virgin steel. This of course might be complete BS on the part of the person I heard it from.

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            1. re: dscheidt

              Care to elaborate? I've heard it from a couple sources, supposedly around 1987-88 most of the European manufacturers switched to using recycled steel due to a change in regulations. Among Japanese knife makers I've seen virgin steel knives offered at higher prices, is this just an attempt to play up a made up qualitative difference on their part?

              1. re: rockfish42

                How is it gonna be any different?

                1. re: Soop

                  Supposedly small amounts of impurities lead to stresses and snapping, again I'm wondering if someone else has more information on the subject. Most of what I've heard is anecdotal other than what I said in the last post about the regulations changing.

                2. re: rockfish42

                  There's no such thing as "virgin" steel, for one thing. All steel contains a substantial amount of recycled steel. Exact amount depends on the steel and the producer, but it's 35% on the low end. Steel used for cutlery is made to specifications, either published by standards organizations (The steel used in most German knives is like this) or a manufacturer's proprietary formula (many Japanese knives, some high end Germans). Either way, the specifications cover the final product, not the origin of the material.

            2. I had my Global GSF paring knife break in half; the e-merchant offered to replace it, but I was too lazy to send it back.

              I love my Globals. But I use my colourful Kershaw Pure Komachi knives (purchased from Costco) about just as often b/c they're lighter, smaller and more comfortable.