Feb 1st 2012 at 3:46PM by Nancy Redd
Kitchen & Dining, Home & Garden
Classic Charm, dining, kitchen, knife, knife block, knife holder, knives, modern luxe, Modern Vogue
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Those mag wall holders havebeen around for decades.
Im sorry. $377.99 for 11 knives AND a knife block? That is FAR FAR FAR from splurgy. Thats EXTREMELY CHEAP for that many knives. One good knife can even cost that much. I rather one good knife than 11 cheap knives.
The price of a kitchen knife does not necessarily equal quality. I've purchased single knives upwards of $350-400 for a boning knife, to a set of six knives that cost me more than $2k. None of these knives worked as well as a knife I bought from one of the shopping channels, which I paid a whopping $40, plus s/h of course. I use it for almost everything a knife can be used for-boning, paring, bread knife, garnishes, fileting, and then some. I've given away the expensive, useless knives. Unfortunately, I used the "cheap" knife so much I wore the name off the handle, and my husband "borrowed" it for work one day and never brought it home, and I don't know how to get another one. I'd pay much more to get another knife like that.
Actually Nan. A person using a higher quality knife can be wasted on someone if they do not know how to sharpen their knife or maintain it. It will just be as good as a cheaper knife if one doesn't know how to use it. Give a Shun to an improperly educated consumer and it will become as dull as knives that you bought from your local Target. If you do not know how to sharpen a knife, I would recommend getting it professionally sharpened. Honestly, if your $40 knife has been outperforming Macs, Shuns, and even the legendary Bob Kramer, you're doing something wrong. tbh, if you had to splurge on one thing in your kitchen, it should be your knife. That is the workhorse of the kitchen. You should be able to learn to use a honing steel and whetstone PROPERLY.
How is a magnetic wall knife holder unique? I have had one for more than 20 years. Lots of people have them. You can get them at Ikea for under 10 bucks. I often wonder why, when someone discovers something, they think they are the first one to do so.
I've prepared meals for over 200,000 clients for two decades.Never, ever store your knives with the blades exposed.It's too dangerous. They can fall, you can bump into them, etc.Store your knives in a chef's knife satchel or wrapped with manilla paper and kept in a drawer with the tips pointing to the back of the drawer. The best kitchen knife is not those $150.00 Chef's knives. Those are for wanna-be Chef's and culinary Institute instructors. The best general kitchen knife is called a Waverex made by of all people, Ecko and sold for $14.95.The waverex is made from very thin strong spring steel about 3/64ths of an inch thick. You can slice paper thin potato chips with it or cut a whole chicken in half, bamb. One word of caution. A Waverex kitchen knife will take fingers off if used with out care and skill....Alfie-
I agree with you. Knives should not be exposed in the kitchen. Someone can get hurt by them or they could be damaged if they fall. Also, it is unsanitary for them or any utensil to be exposed all the time. Unless you want to take the time to sanitize them, it is easier to put them in a drawer. I have another idea, not sure if they make such a thing but why not have slots for knives built into a cabinet, with a door that closes over the handles, thus hiding them from little hands in the kitchen. I'm sure someone makes cabinets like that but that would be my dream in the kitchen. Also, love the same knives. They don't have to be expensive to be good. Thanks.
I bought a similar (but much more attractive) heavy wall magnet that does the same thing and you can even stick it on the side of the fridge, for about $8.99 at Loews. These gourmet shops are a royal rip off for the basic item that many men have out in their garage. :)
I bought one of those magnetic knife holders and liked it so much I went back and got 3 more to clear up even more drawer space. I love them. They make it much easier to grab a knife or tongs or can opener or any one of several other things I have on them. And also, when I kept my knives in the drawer I was forever cutting myself when I'd reach in to grab one without looking. Now that I have the magnetic strip, no more cuts! And yes they've been around for years. I've had mine for 7 years now. Also, I didn't pay $40 for them either. I bought mine at Wal-Mart for $16 each. I learned years ago not to believe the prices on these web sites. I don't know where they do their shopping but it sounds like Rodeo Drive to me! Our local favorite stores usually have the same item for much less.
Why is it that so many people insist that if you don't spend a big wad of money on something that the item can't be any good? Someone commented that she had an inexpensive knife that is working and lasting longer than a set she spent several hundred dollars on. Then someone replied that if her less expensive knives were lasting longer then she must be doing something wrong. That is total BULL!!!! Good quality utensils DO NOT have to cost hundreds. If you are careful about how you use them and store them, a knife that costs a very little amount will last practically foreverf.I have one I bought for $5 over 20 years ago. I have used it for every kitchen use imaginable. It has never EVER needed sharpening and to this day is sharp enough to cut paper. Up until 7 years ago when I got my magnetic strips it was stored in a drawer. It's been through the dishwasher thousands of times. I can't imagine a better buy than this knife! Oh, and all my other knives are running a close second to this one, and I never paid more than $10 for any knife I have.
Wendy Rose Gould