Quality Japanese Knives
Japanese knives may leave you wondering, what does
a carpenter know about knives. Well.. I'm a cook at home and chief pot
washer too. Having worked in the woodworking trade all my life and having bought Kershaw knives I know
the importance of sharpness and how that makes the job so much easier.
I began the day by reviewing japanese knives made by six manufacturers,
but it didn't take me long to realise, that three stood apart from the others.
I put aside Mac, Ginsu and Kotubiki, because when I'm considering spending a
lot of money, I might as well buy the best, not only for sharpness but also
for look and feel.
Once you have seen the three I do recommend, by clicking on the links at
the bottom of the page, then take a look at the others. I think you will
agree with me.
Let's see what the top three have to offer and not get bogged down with
technical aspects which you will find when viewing their products. I will though
mention certain differences between them.
I'm not going to specify all the individual knives because the range is
large, every conceivable kitchen knife you could dream about, but I need to
mention one which otherwise you could be confused about.
The Santoku is a type of knife, not a make, which comes in a few different blade
lengths. The biggest seller, not only in the Shun range but of all manufacturers
it is known as a general purpose knife.
Shun or Kai Shun and sometimes Ken Shun and more stragely Ken Onion
japanese knives are regarded the best in the business and are the world's most
popular brand, despite their short existence since 2003.
Some Shun knives are sharpened one side only, so when buying you need to specify
whether you are right or left handed. These types are the Shun Pro Line, the
traditional japanese knives.
If they ever lose their edge, Shun will re-sharpen them free of charge.
I presume though you will have to pay packing and posting.
Harder and sharper, lightweight and perfectly balanced, 16 layered finest SG-2 stainless
steel blades, resin and light beech polymer impregnated moisture resistant
The Shun is a beauty to behold.
Designed in 1985 Global knives, are distinctive because their blades
are sharpened to the tip ensuring longer lasting sharpness.
Unusually, but I think very cleverly their hollow non slip grip handle has
sand within, which shifts during use giving optimal weight ditribution where
the pressure is needed. Not that much is needed though, their blades are honed
Global have a vast range of culinary knives sold on every continent and used
extensively in retaurants and kitchens and are a little cheaper than the Shun
You won't be disapointed with these gorgeous creations.
The most distinctive feature of Wusthof knives is their one piece
construction, the blade and handle are as one, tempered high carbon stainless
steel. Once again their cutting edges are razor sharp, which is not surprising
as they have been perfecting their crafstmanship since 1814.
What I also like are their handles. Each type of knife is individually shaped
to suit the blade.
They have refined the Santoku I mentioned earlier by hollowing the blade
which helps to scrape up chopped food.
Wusthof too have a large selection from which to choose and also knife packs
of their most popular brands.
German manufacturers but again selling their excellent products throughout
the planet earth.
The knives mentioned above are not only razor sharp when first bought but stay sharper much longer than the bog standard.
I wish my woodworking tools had been made to the same exacting specification.
The links below will open a new window to take you directly to their sites.
N.B For my many Japanese visitors there is not yet a link to Solo Build It, how to build your own profitable website in your home language, please forgive me. Soon as it is ready it will replace this message.
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