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Chemicalkinetics Feb 2, 2011 07:20 PM

To all my knife friends, I stumbled upon this a minute ago:

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/dethdas...

Like it? :P

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  1. kaleokahu RE: Chemicalkinetics Feb 2, 2011 08:09 PM

    Chem: A $400 (rustable) spoon with no edge? Cool pattern, but not the best of Devin's mosaic work. For $400, I'd expect his miniature American 50-star flag with fireworks.

    But hey, order me 10 place settings.

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      Chemicalkinetics RE: kaleokahu Feb 2, 2011 08:12 PM

      "A $400 (rustable) spoon with no edge"

      I don't know. A spoon with a sharp edge sounds worse.

      :P

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        la2tokyo RE: Chemicalkinetics Feb 2, 2011 08:20 PM

        Do you think anybody anywhere has actually paid $400 for one of these? Or is it a joke?

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          Chemicalkinetics RE: la2tokyo Feb 2, 2011 08:42 PM

          Well, it did say it is "Out of Stock" so someone probably bought it.

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            kaleokahu RE: la2tokyo Feb 2, 2011 09:03 PM

            la2tokyo: Devin Thomas is a legend and a wizard of mosaic Damascus steel, so maybe it had some collector's value. His fancy billets can go for $400/inch. My guess is that it was a remnant of a billet that someone pounded into a spoon, hoping to trade on Devin's name. Crazy.

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            KaBudokan RE: Chemicalkinetics Feb 3, 2011 09:54 AM

            When discussing knife sharpening at lunch with a couple fellow foodies, one of my friends told me about a crazy uncle she had when she was growing up. He sharpened the edges on the outside tines of his forks. Whenever they ate at his house, they had to choose forks from a certain spot in the drawer so they wouldn't get a sharpened fork!

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              Chemicalkinetics RE: KaBudokan Feb 3, 2011 10:01 AM

              "He sharpened the edges on the outside tines of his forks"

              Let me guess, so he can cut foods with the forks. :)

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                Sooeygun RE: Chemicalkinetics Feb 4, 2011 05:01 AM

                Don't let my father hear about this. He has said that he would like a fork with a sharp(ish) edge. He likes to cut his food with the edge of his fork.

          3. re: kaleokahu
            Eiron RE: kaleokahu Feb 2, 2011 09:30 PM

            kal: "A $400 (rustable) spoon ..."

            I think I just realized a use for that lacquer coating they've been putting on the dept store woks....

            1. re: Eiron
              kaleokahu RE: Eiron Feb 3, 2011 07:52 AM

              Eiron: OK, but are you going to eat using the laquered spoon? This is a wallhanger anyway, so good idea.

          4. Eiron RE: Chemicalkinetics Feb 2, 2011 09:26 PM

            Holy Peanut Butter Pumpkin Soup, Batman!

            I think we all better click on the "Email me when this item is back in stock" button right away!

            1. SanityRemoved RE: Chemicalkinetics Feb 3, 2011 09:00 AM

              Will this replace ties as the Father's Day gift when people don't know what to get?

              Nice work but definitely near the bottom of my wish list.

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                kaleokahu RE: SanityRemoved Feb 3, 2011 09:18 AM

                SR: LOL! Maybe a FD gift for Warren Buffet. I can visualize the Sultan of Brunei ordering a set for the royal Hermes picnic basket.

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                smkit RE: Chemicalkinetics Feb 3, 2011 10:05 AM

                Well, I actually know the person who bought that spoon. But that aside, Devin's spoons are very desirable items because professional chefs who use spoons for plating are keen on them. Anyhow, Devin's damascus custom knives are highly regarded (and expensive) as are his AEB-L steel knives. I have one Damascus knife and one of his AEB-L gyutos. They are a pleasure to use in the kitchen.

                As for rust. These spoons appeal to people who are into Japanese knives, so I don't think rusting is a concern for them. Carbon Japanese cutlery also rusts, but they are wiped down to prevent this.

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                  Chemicalkinetics RE: smkit Feb 3, 2011 10:16 AM

                  See, I told you guys that this is not a joke. Smkit has just proved it. Thanks.

                  That aside, I don't understand why a carbon steel spoon. I have certainly heard of silver spoons and gold spoons because they don't transfer taste -- much less than stainless steel. The ice cream taster for Dreyer's John Harrison uses a gold spoon.

                  http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2800/4...

                  Now, a carbon steel spoon seems like going the opposite direction. I imagine a carbon steel spoon would transfer more metallic taste than a stainless steel spoon.

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                    petek RE: Chemicalkinetics Feb 3, 2011 10:24 AM

                    Ice cream taster! And he uses a gold spoon! Where do I sign up??? :D

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                      Chemicalkinetics RE: petek Feb 3, 2011 10:34 AM

                      Well, Deyer's will also put a million dollar insurance on your taste buds -- if you are its taster:

                      http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/23/i...

                2. Caroline1 RE: Chemicalkinetics Feb 4, 2011 03:41 AM

                  Oh, gee... You got my hopes all built up and they're OUT OF STOCK...! Sob! Oh, well. You can't eat caviar with it anyway. Pity! '-)

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                    Chemicalkinetics RE: Caroline1 Feb 4, 2011 05:23 AM

                    Why can't it be used for caviar? Aftertaste?

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                      Caroline1 RE: Chemicalkinetics Feb 4, 2011 10:29 AM

                      Yes. Caviar should only be eaten with mother of pearl or glass spoons to avoid the metalic action that ruins the taste. Oh, and gold is okay too. But no silver, sterling or not, or other metals either. Can't hardly find glass spoons any more! I don't think plastic would interact, but that would be sooooooooooo gauche! But hey, hand me a big bowl of beluga and a plastic spoon and I'M THERE....!!! '-)

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                        Chemicalkinetics RE: Caroline1 Feb 4, 2011 10:32 AM

                        It is interesting. Now that you mentioned it. The cheapest of all spoons (plastic) may serve the purpose better than the best of the best metal spoons -- when it comes to taste transfer.

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                          MarkR37 RE: Chemicalkinetics Feb 5, 2011 12:06 PM

                          I know it's hard to believe for some but we sold it in 15 minutes and I had 3 others beg me for it after it sold. BTW AEB-L is stainless not carbon. These spoons were suggested to Devin by a professional for plating as noted. I think he's made about a half dozen but he usually sells them direct.

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