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Sep 21, 2012 05:45 AM

I need to replace my chef's knife. Brand suggestions?

My hubby used my Henkle knife to pry something open and snapped the tip off, not to mention the other unorthadox tool uses he put it through. It is now crap despite sharpening. Should I buy the same brand or try another? Reasonable price a bonus.

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  1. I've been replacing my Henkle's, one by one, with Globals. I haven't bought the chef's knife yet, but I definitely will (maybe a Christmas present).

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    1. re: grampart

      I have also switched from Henkle's to Globals and really like them much better. Still, they are quite pricy but I love the balance and feel of the Global knives.

    2. I would try another brand. You should first consider size and type, then brand and price. I like Cutlery and More for good deals. Here's a link to their clearance page:

      If you want an 8-inch stainless German knife, this one is reasonable:

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      1. re: GH1618

        American site - too much trouble and duty, but thanks. I'll have to try and find the brands here in Canada.

        1. re: dianne0712

          A Canadian website for knives:

          Look at the featured Misono.

          By the way, the Misonos are sharpened asymmetrically for right-handed use.

      2. Sounds like you need to replace the old man first.LOL
        I have some Henkles but if I could have only one knife in my kitchen my choice would be the one I've had for about forty years:

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        1. re: Puffin3

          No kidding! I feel like marking everything in the kitchen with a THIS IS NOT A TOOL label.

        2. For under $30 you can get a Forschner Victorinox chef's knife which CI rated nearly as high as knives costing well over $100. It rates 4.5 stars on Amazon from 804 total reviews.

          Also, if your husband uses it to pry open a paint can or clean his grill you won't be out $100 or more to replace it.

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          1. re: CDouglas

            Agree. Buy him some crap tools from the dollar store for his toy box. Buy yourself a Forschner Victorinox chef's knife. They're very good value.

            1. re: Kagemusha

              The stupid thing is he HAS tools, lots of them, but mine are always where they should be and the kitchen is sooooooo convenient. His tools are always misplaced, broken or lost. It's much easier for him to grab something out of the house or one of my tools than spend an hour looking for his. I cannot cure him.
              I will look for this knife. It sounds like a good deal.

              1. re: Kagemusha

                I bought one with a red plastic handle and sheath for travel and it migrated to the kitchen.

            2. I agree with the Forschner suggestion. I like the Rosewood line.

              You might also consider having your Henckels knife repaired rather than simply sharpened. Someone like Knifesaver (Jim) or myself could easily restore the tip & put a completely new edge on it for a reasonable price. Just look for recommendations in your area, wherever that is.

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              1. re: Eiron

                I'll see your tip repair and raise you a few bolster reductions. ;)

                A broken tip can be reshaped into a useful tool but nothing can be put back on just optimizing what is left


                1. re: knifesavers

                  LOL, okay, here ya go...

                  A chef at a local Food Bank had a 10" Mercer with a full bolster that she absolutely hated. But she loved her 8" Shun Classic.

                  I took the Mercer & matched the profile of the Shun, taking off 2" in length (required thinning the new end), & made it a half bolster.

                  It was fun to watch her reaction when I brought it back! :-D

                  1. re: Eiron

                    Wow. This is awesome. How did you reduce/remove the bolster? It looks so nicely done.

                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                      Thanks Chem! I certainly appreciate the encouragement! :-)

                      I used my belt grinder & worked slow. Re-e-e-e-eal slo-o-o-ow...
                      If I sculpted, I might equate the process to sculpting. (I don't sculpt, so any sculpters out there please forgive my gross comparison.) Basically, I removed a little of the bolster at a time, working my way into the heel of the blade. I was limited by the width of the belt, so I had to make my transitions fit that width. Getting a nice taper to the remaining lower portion of the bolster was the most challenging.

                      1. re: Eiron

                        Man, I could tell you really put a lot of love or at least a lot of attention to the process. So how far are you now in term of setting up your own shop and becoming a knife maker or a knife sharpener or whatever?

                        If you ever start making a new knife, please let us know and may be pass it around. I certainly would like to be one of your first buyers. Although I must say it pays way better as an actor. So I guess you have some decision to make. :)

                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                          I've done a couple of sharpening jobs & one repair (removing & more securely reinstalling the handle of a Chinese cleaver). But my outlook is that I won't charge somebody for something I'm doing for the first time. So that means the cleaver repair was free. I've also handed out several "reworked" knives to friends for free. Oh, & I donated 6 or 8 repaired/reworked knives to the Food Bank for their cooking classes.

                          I also just finished my new business' logo & will advertise for the first time at a local choir concert in the middle of Oct. (Yes, I'm singing in the choir!) I'm still working on my big knife grinder. Obviously, I missed getting it done this past Spring. I hope to make a little more progress on it this weekend.

                          My plan is to order some steel in the next month & start fabricating. We'll see. My early attempts will definitely be pass-around versions. I can certainly use all of the feedback I can get!

                          I think an actor's life would be awesome! But I harbor no delusions that I'd ever become successful enough to support myself. The 'average' full-time actor's salary is around $50k/yr, & that takes into account the multi-million dollar stars.

                          I think I might have a better chance with knives... :-)

                          1. re: Eiron

                            Sounds like you are gaining a lot of experience by helping others. You are awesome.

                            <The 'average' full-time actor's salary is around $50k/yr>

                            Man, that is rough.

                    2. re: Eiron

                      Damn! OK you win. ;)

                      That must have been quite the job to do.

                      1. re: knifesavers

                        "Win"? LOL, I thought we were just sharing experiences? :-) Thanks though, I always appreciate the support of a fellow knife-worker. That Henkels you reshaped looks awesome, so I know that you know how long these projects take.

                        Yes, this was quite the job! She was ready to throw the knife away, so she told me to take it & use it for practice. That took away all of the concern of ruining the knife, & I could experiment a little. It turned out pretty good for a first try. I gave it back to her to see if she liked it any better, but I haven't contacted her since then. When I brought it back I noticed that she had a 2nd 10" Mercer there as well. With all of that work fresh in my mind, I did NOT offer to rework the 2nd knife!

                        1. re: Eiron

                          <It turned out pretty good for a first try.>
                          Way better than pretty good!!!!!

                          1. re: JavaBean

                            Thanks JavaBean! I won't point out the flaws I see... ;-)

                          2. re: Eiron

                            "That Henkels you reshaped looks awesome, so I know that you know how long these projects take."

                            That one didn't take as long as some I have done. Get a jacked Bone cleaver or hatchet and that is some grinding. I usually put a belt surcharge on those as they will eat a 40 grit belt.

                            The Henkels didn't stand a chance against a 36 grit ceramic belt.


                        2. re: Eiron

                          As a short woman with small hands...I just have to say "wow".
                          May favorite knives have always been of the 8" variety.
                          Nice work!

                          1. re: pedalfaster

                            Thanks pedalfaster! I think this knife's handle is too bulky if you like smaller knives. I don't have small hands, but I tend to prefer smaller diameter handles because I find them more maneuverable on the cutting board.

                            Does your name mean you bicycle, or that you're always behind? :-)

                        1. re: dianne0712

                          Perhaps your repair person didn't do it correctly?

                          Anyway, it was just a thought.

                          At least now you can keep the old knife in its usual place as a 'decoy' for your husband to use, & hide the new one in a safe spot for yourself. ;-)