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thoughts on knives... [Dec. 16th, 2010|10:23 pm]
Verminius Rex

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This is my collection of kitchen knives, not counting the three I rotated out to make room for the three I got today at 888 International Market.

My question to my culinary inclined friends is how many knives do you have in your kitchen, and which would you call your favorite? Do you have a favored brand, and how to you keep them sharp?

My answers to these questions would be twenty knives (plus others in a drawer waiting for a new home, but they are inactive), favorite is the top row far left (had it over 12 years), my favorite brand is Kiwi and Kom-Kom (same factory, Kom-Kom is apparently slightly heavier duty), and I use an electric sharpener and a steel to keep them honed.

From: starstraf
2010-12-17 11:00 am (UTC)
Pooch has probally about 20 also - his fav is his Ken Onion Shun santako
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[User Picture]From: roseconnelly
2010-12-17 01:31 pm (UTC)
That's the knife that I drool over, but do not yet own.

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[User Picture]From: rowyn
2010-12-17 03:25 pm (UTC)
Are those magnetic strips for holding the knives? Nice!
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[User Picture]From: verminiusrex
2010-12-17 04:04 pm (UTC)
Yep, magnetic strips. They are great for getting the knives organized. I've considered putting up one or two more or at least rearranging what I have to maximize space, but I really only need so many knives.
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[User Picture]From: astein142
2010-12-17 04:59 pm (UTC)
I have 3 go-to knives: a well-balanced Henckles chef's knife, and two Kuhn Rikon paring knives that have a colored blade coating and cover. I also have a Henckles paring knife that I got as a wedding present in 1989. It's been sharpened only once, and is still usable.
The two paring knives have never needed sharpening. The chef's knife is about 3 years old and still hasn't needed to be sharpened.

The rest of the collection includes two other chef's knives and a potpouri of steak knives and others that came with various sets. We just throw them in the knife drawer for storage. I covet a real cork-lined "knife drawer" when we rehab the kitchen.
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[User Picture]From: anais2
2010-12-18 04:52 am (UTC)
I probably have about 20, but use maybe 5 more than all the others. My favorites are Henckel, the 8 and 12 in. chef's knives, but I have a Cutco cheese knife that is irreplaceable for cheese and cheesecake, too- neat every time. Also a tiny turning knife I inherited from my grandmother, of untraceable origin which I cannot live without!
I have an electric sharpener, used infrequently, an oilstone, and a couple of steels which I use often. Henckel's hold an edge forever!
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