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Oct 20, 2009 07:33 PM

President's Choice Ceramic Knives in GTA

For those who are frustrated with the expense and upkeep of knives, PC has introduced 3 ceramic knives, $15 to $25.

I started with the $15 general purpose knife. Lightweight, 5" blade in the all purpose French style. Cuts through beef shoulder like butter. Hopefully it will continue for a year or so, with care, then I'll replace it. It comes with a useful plastic guard, and staining is not a problem.

I'll be back next week for the 8" chef's knife, still under $25.

If you try one, keep your sales receipt, because PC Canada products are easy to return if not satisfactory.

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  1. At that price, it's not a bad option for the home cook that wants to avoid the hassles of sharpening.

    Do realize with ceramics, the longer the knife, the more fragile it'll be. Kyocera being the most popular producer of ceramic knives, limit the maximum length to 7".

    Also there is no way for the home user to resharpen a ceramic knife themselves. At that price point I doubt Loblaws offers a resharpening service like Kyocera does. Again, I realize people buying these are treating it as a disposable product (a la razor blades).

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    1. re: aser

      Actually Kyocera do have a 8.25" sushi knife and also make a diamond sharpener for ceramic knives.

      1. re: sbug206

        Didn't know about the 8.25", but that thing must be fragile.

        These pull through gadgets generally leave a lot to be desired. There's a reason Kyocera offers a free sharpening service. They use lasers to reground a new edge, a pull through system is nowhere near that.

      2. re: aser

        I went back for the chef's knife and the santoku today. All three PC knives range from 5" to 6". (I was wrong about an 8" chef''s). The set of three is just under $60, priced individually.
        There is no implied warranty. However, Loblaw has been good standing behind their own PC products. (I doubt if it includes knife breakage.)

      3. Thanks jayt90. I loved my Kyoceras but both broke after a couple of trips to tiled kitchen floors. Maybe the Westons are offering a lifetime warranty?

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          1. re: Paulustrious

            another option for a good cheap knife is the new Slitbar chefs knife at ikea ... it cuts, sharpens and looks like my $250 shun (it's $80)

            the diamond sharpening steel is $30

            1. re: ssainani

              Sorry but $20-25 more buys a MAC Superior series knife.

              1. re: Kagemusha

                I saw that knife - the Ikea one that is. VG24 steel, Damascus 'pattern'. Good edge. I think I would go for that one. But then again, I like Shun knives. I cannot compare the MAC - I have never used one.

                For each of us it is the devil we know.

                Unusual thing is that this knife is different (in terms of price and quality) to the others in the Slitbar collection.

                1. re: Paulustrious

                  Will check it out. So many IKEA kitchen items are knock-offs or look-a-likes that amount to tutorials in "you get what you pay for."

                2. re: Kagemusha

                  And for $40 you can have a Victorinox/Forschner chef's knife from Tap Phong or Nikolaou. I've not had any experience with ceramic knives but they're automatically disqualified because on top of being fragile they can't be stored on my magnetic knife bar.

                  Thanks for the tip, though, jayt90. There are some good (especially for the price) PC kitchenware products.

                  1. re: Carruthers

                    I bought a 9.5" Twin Henckel at Reliable Restaurant Supplies with the yellow fibrox handle. $32 or something like that.

                    1. re: Carruthers

                      Another downside of ceramic knives (aside from their fragility) is that they stain easily. I have a small knife that cuts ripe tomatoes beautifully. I used to use it regularly to slice apples and pears, but it quickly took on a colour that is not unlike an apple that's been cut and left to go brown. It's rather unappealing. I tried lemon juice, baking soda, vinegar, etc. Nothing would restore it to its former white colour. It fell out of favour with me around the same time I discovered that apples aggravate my pollen allergy.

                      On the other hand, I absolutely love my MAC knife. I sharpen it once a week or whenever it feels like its losing its edge. I bought the sharpener that was recommended for MAC knives. 4 or 5 runs through the sharpener and it's good as new. Mine cost $80. It isn't the top of the line professional chef series, but it is a fine knife. I'm surprised to hear that people are really so put out by knife maintenance. You really only need one really good knife. I have others, but they mostly sit in my chopping block, unused.

                      1. re: 1sweetpea

                        The PC knives are a dark slate gray.

                        1. re: 1sweetpea

                          swz : I'm surprised at the dullness. I bought a PC santoku today but have not used it. Extremely dull is unacceptable, and should be replaced. This is a knife a would would expect to work perfectly without maintenance for about a year.

              2. I posted this in the other forum it was on, but not much interest so I'll add it here too. I bought the santoku but will be returning it.

                1. Build quality of the knife feels very nice.
                2. Cover looks very nice but is extremely difficult to put on. You have to push it on with quite a lot of force and is not practical to be used daily. Also I feel its a bit dangerous the way you have to push so hard and pull so hard to get off because once it comes off your arm could swing and nick yourself.
                3. It was not extremely sharp. I would say my knife was extremely dull. Maybe I got an off one, but I'm not going to try another.
                4. The design of the knife did not feel good in my hand. If you hold it with your hand completely on the handle its unusable. if you use it with a pinch grip its OK but not very good.