Chef Knives

Best knife set i need to talk about

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I was really fascinated with this knife set’s handle. It had a dimpled handle on all of the knives. The knife set that I’m talking about is the Global 7-piece Ikasu Knife Block Set. The reason I decided to purchase this knife set is not because I needed a new one, it’s because I was getting bored with my Mercer Culinary knife set. Have I mentioned that the Global Knife set also comes with an Acrylic Knife Block that has Bamboo borders.

The Knives That You Will Get

This set will give a 3-inch Paring Knife, a 4.5-inch Utility Knife, a 5-inch Utility Knife, a 5.5-inch Nakiri Knife, an 8-inch Chef’s Knife and an 8-inch Bread Knife. As this was my first time using a Japanese Knife Set, I was curious to know the usage of a Nakiri knife which I later found out was excellent at slicing vegetables.

The Feel of The Knives

First, I would like to talk about the unique handle. The handle gives a great grip even when your hands are wet. The handles are filled with sand and also steel that has been hardened. The blade is made out of their special CROMOVA 18 high-carbon stainless steel which makes it much more durable. These features make these knives much more balanced.

Oddly enough, they stay sharper longer and they’re much easier to sharpen than my previous knife set. Even though it looks like a toy knife, it is super sharp so don’t mess around with these knives. I know it says it’s resistant to corrosion but I take the extra step to always dry my knives before storing them away.

If you like to experiment with kitchen knives or you happen to like using Japanese knives, I recommend you to try the Global 7-Piece Ikasu Knife Block Set. As a person who had only used German Knives, this knife set gave me a good impression towards Japanese Knives.

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Best Chef Knife

best chef knifeAside from cars, my brother loves to cook. This year, I thought I might surprise him with a new Chef Knife for his birthday. Little did I know there were many well-known brands out there.

Kitchen Knife Brands

For example, Wusthof, Global and even Shun. Honestly, as a person who does not cook that much I was confuse. Thankfully there were a lot of knife reviews online to guide me.

Excellent Chef Knives

Even though my brother does not care for the look of the knife, I do. Out of all the chef knives suggested, two of them stood out the most to me.

1. Victorinox 8 Inch Swiss Classic Chef’s Knife
2. J.A. HENCKELS INTERNATIONAL Classic 8-inch Chef’s Knife

Aesthetics Of These Kitchen Knives

Compared to the artistic and exclusive Japanese knives, the looks of these knives may be a bit dull but the J.A. Henckels International Chef’s Knife looks much nicer than the Victorinox as the handle is attached to the blade. Not only that, I feel that it’s great for sanitary purposes but looks does not necessarily matter in this case.

The handle of the Victorinox might look cheap since it’s made of rubber but it’s slip resistant and makes the knife feel more lighter in your hands compared to the full-tang triple-rivet handle on the J.A. Henckels. It’s much easier to grip and use, especially if you’re old. The J.A. Henckels handle is much more heavier but it is just right to give a balance feeling to the user.

Functionality of These Chef Knives

Both chef’s knives are great for bigger tasks such as slicing through meat and for smaller tasks such as mincing and dicing vegetables. The 8-inch blade is usually a great asset to anyone’s kitchen as it is a multipurpose knife but I think it’s the material of the blade is what really counts. Now, the Victorinox’s blade is made out of Stainless Steel while the J.A. Henckels is made out High-carbon German Stainless Steel. Even though the J.A. Henckels blade is much more stronger, you have to ensure that you wipe it after washing as it tends to rust if you don’t.

Th J.A. Henckels blade is much more curvier than the Victorinox. I feel that it is easier for the user to use the rock-chopping motion for herbs and small vegetables. However if you’re a beginner and you’re looking for something much more easier to use, I would recommend getting the Victorinox.

Lifetime Warranty For Both Knives

Lastly, the best part about both of these chef’s knife is that it comes with a lifetime warranty so you do not need to worry about the knife chipping or anything.

My Pick

In the end, I bought the J.A. HENCKELS INTERNATIONAL Classic 8-inch Chef’s Knife as my brother’s gift because of it’s durability and I think that my brother would really appreciate as well as maintain the condition of the knife.

 Why Shun DM0706 Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife?

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Now, this chef knife was recommended to me by a friend. She raved on about the look, how smoothly it cuts through and the unique handle of the knife.

Combination Blade = Better Knife Blade

 

As to my curiosity, I purchased it off Amazon. It’s blade is made up of Damascus steel which is a combination of VG10 Steel and SUS410 High Carbon Steel that makes corrosion harder.

This also reduces friction when cutting meat especially. This knife has made me cut effortlessly through large chunks of meat.

Lovely Pakkawood Handle On My Shun

 

A bonus point, I have to say is that it’s handle is very unique as it is made up of PakkaWood and it also comes with a lifetime warranty.