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Jun 25, 2010 11:00 PM

Good Affordable Knives?

Can anyone recommend a good affordable set of knives?


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    1. A lot of people will probably recommend Forschner. I bought this 4-piece Forschner set several years ago and it has been very good to me. Don't get me wrong, I don't care for block sets, but the knives in this package are all very useful. And for $70 you can't go wrong.

      1. Like Smkit, I am not into knife set, but if you want a knife set, how many knives are you looking for? There are "2 knives set" and there are "20+ knives set". In addition, what price range are you looking at? Thanks.


          Kiwi knives are quite good and very, very cheap. The blade is light and thin, stays sharp for quite a while, and is easy to hone. There's over 150 models of knife in their production line (admittedly many aren't available in America) so it's easy to customize your set to whatever you need. They're not great for cutting harder, firmer things like cheese or winter squash, but they're what I reach for whenever cutting vegetables now.

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          1. re: MFalk

            why can't you cut cheese with them? that would seem like something any decent knife should be able to do. What happens when you try to cut say parmesan with one of those kiwi knives? they're made, apparently, in Thailand, what sort of steel are they made of and how long do they last?

            1. re: chuckl

              You can cut cheese with them, or anything hard, but the blade is very thin and lots of pressure (which I have to exert for semi-hard cheeses), it feels a little wobbly. Still cuts very well and more than makes up for the limitations. But in most respects they perform comparably to my friend's expensive forged Japanese knives.

              I've had mine since April, which admittedly isn't that long, but I've seen no loss in quality. I hone them every week or two which keeps them in fine order. People who've sung their praises on the internet say they last quite a while. And if they do give out beyond sharpening's repair, you've spent at most $8.

              The blade is stainless steel, stamped, with a wooden handle (plastic ones are also around the internet). I don't know what specific steel it is, but it's not high-maintenance carbon steel, and is completely non-reactive.

              1. re: MFalk

                if they can't cut anything hard without being wobbly, how can you compare them to good Japanese knives? I'm suspicious of knives at that price being high quality. I do a lot more cutting and chopping than just fruit and veggies.

                1. re: chuckl


                  I am trying to get my hand on these Kiwi knives. I really want the Kiwi vegetable knife:


                  My local stores sell any thing but that particular one. Anyway, my understanding is that they are probably the best $3-8 knives you can get, but they are probably not quiet the level of typical Japanese knives.

                  That being said I won't be surprised that these Kiwi knives are better than Henckels International knives. Just a guess.

                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                    CK, I have it and it's great. It's so wide it's magic for scooping up chopped food.

                    1. re: MFalk


                      I know I can get it through Wokshop, but the shipping fee will be as much as the knife. Since I am not in a hurry, I will wait for that particular vegetable knife. I misspoke when I said I am trying to get my hand on THESE Kiwi knives. I am just trying to get hold of that particular one.

                  2. re: chuckl

                    chuckl, I wouldn't recommend a product to someone that I don't believe works. You've repeatedly turned my minor caveat warnings into "things they can't do," which is an exaggeration. You can do whatever you like with these knives, such as saw wood (emergency table construction), and they still cut well. Any stamped blade will have a little wobble to it, but that also means you can get them very thin and very sharp. If you don't want to believe me, that's fine. I invite you to explore the plentiful press they've received online:


                    The poster is looking for knives that work well but don't cost much. Kiwis outperform their price with a very sharp edge that stays sharp well. Oh, and the Japanese knife I'm comparing them to? It's a Shun, and it also has trouble cutting through those cheeses. It's just the result of a thin, relatively straight-edged blade creating lots of drag through a sticky protein.

              2. re: MFalk

                Second on the Kiwis. I was going to order some on line, then found an asian grocery here in town that carries several models. Under $2 to about $4. Love 'em, very sharp!

                They're not suitable for things like winter squash or hacking through chicken pieces because they're too thin -- great for fruits and veggies.

                1. re: MFalk

                  If you're going cheap, I'd go with kiwis. They work. Being of asian descent, my mom, and every other mom of all my friends, use kiwis. They sell them in almost every asian store. Couple of swipes on a steel and they get sharp enough every time heh

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