[time-nuts] OT: Knifephoolery
Dr Bruce Griffiths
bruce.griffiths at xtra.co.nz
Sun Apr 22 01:21:45 EDT 2007
Rasputin Novgorod wrote:
>>> Hmm. ...and I just bought a set of three Chef's knives for my
>>> kitchen for $500.
> --- Jack Hudler <jack at hudler.org> wrote:
>> Just please tell me they're not serrated, know how to use a steel,
>> and you keep them holder or leather pouch.
> Hi Jack:
> I love cooking, as a hobby (and surprisingly, it's
> a chick magnet). I've always wanted a good set of knives
> but didn't know what to buy, so didn't.
> This summer I've signed up for a professional French chef class
> and we are required to own and bring a good set of four
> knives: Chef, Boning, Paring and Scalloped Slicer.
> They recommended several different makes and models,
> in different price ranges. mine came with a Knife carrying
> Case: 16 Slot, fake leather. My knives (“S” series Henkels):
> • 9” Chef Knife
> • 6” Boning Knife
> • 3.5” Paring Knife
> • 10” Scalloped Slicer
> • 10” Sharpening Steel
> • vegetable peeler
> • 7" Carving Fork
> We will spend three days on knives:
> 1) care, sharpening and then cutting vegetables.
> 2) cutting up and de-boning chickens.
> 3) cutting up fish.
> I've refrained from sharpening until the class, even
> though I'm a cabinetmaker and trained in sharpening
> chisels and plane blades, so know how to use a water stone.
> I've been using them for a few days, and what a joy they
> are to use. If you cook, get yourself a good set of knives;
> at least, spend $100 and get a good 9" chef's (french) knife.
> You'll have and use it for the rest of your life.
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The problem I have with some brands is that they were designed for use
by someone with significantly smaller hands than mine, Its about time a
choice in handle sizes was available. The one size fits all isn't
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