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    Kitchen knives

    Someone recommended Zwilling. Saying there’s a lot of benefits using this brand of knives.

    My son bought a Victorinox knife, cost USD50, it was really good. So easy to use that now I want to have better kitchen knives too!

    My sister is using a very lowly priced knife, I think the brand name is Profine or something, she bought it at a Pasar Malam more than 20 years ago. It was really good but she couldn’t find it in the pasar malam anymore. That sounds like a really good value for money knife.

    Any cheap and good knives?

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    I have sought, bought and used expensive knives i.e. Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Kyocera Ceramic, Global Yoshikin. At the end of it all, it is about how the knives are used and maintained. All knives will dull with usage if not periodically honed and polished.

    With all my (I consider them to be) 'expensive' knives, I still go for my favourite RM20.00 pasar malam which I acquired more than 20 years ago. And it is as sharp as the day I got it. Maintenance is my passion.

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    Nowadays chopping knives cost around RM15-20 . After 1 year I use it to chop trees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jan tomaswaki View Post
    Nowadays chopping knives cost around RM15-20 . After 1 year I use it to chop trees.
    Chop trees?! Tell us more, dude!
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    QS, those knives i use to prune my garden tree or chop sugarcane. You want ? Come over

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    Talking about kitchen knives, some are very expensive but of very good quality but they are only use occasionally.

    In the old days, we used to send the ones most use daily to have them sharpened. Cost about AUD$5-6 each.

    But in recent years, Thailand produces light & sharp kitchen knife at only AUD$3.95 which is good for 1 or 2 months.

    Instead of sharpening them, you just throw them away.

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    I bought my Japanese knives from Isetan more than 10 years ago, not sure whether is expensive or branded but the knives work well until now. Occasionally, I sharpen them with sharpening stone, take about 5-10 minutes to sharpen one knife.

    I only have 3 knives – 2 of them used for vegetables and fruits, and one is only for meat, to prevent cross-contamination. Similarly, I have two chopping boards - for fruit/vege and meat respectively for the same reason. Both chopping boards are made from bamboo wood from Japan and these are expensive stuff. I quite trust Japanese product – they have good accountability of what they claimed of their product.

    Do we really need very sharp knife ??

    For us, we request the sellers to chop the chicken and pork to small pieces. The meat that we have to handle is only fish. How hard the fish can be (if you have defrost enough).. ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Naka View Post
    Talking about kitchen knives, some are very expensive but of very good quality but they are only use occasionally.

    In the old days, we used to send the ones most use daily to have them sharpened. Cost about AUD$5-6 each.

    But in recent years, Thailand produces light & sharp kitchen knife at only AUD$3.95 which is good for 1 or 2 months.

    Instead of sharpening them, you just throw them away.
    New generation knives are ceramic ones , anyone care to share, i bought one but forgot where i put.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jan tomaswaki View Post
    New generation knives are ceramic ones , anyone care to share...
    Ceramic knives are harder than steel but you CANNOT cut hard frozen meat or chop bones with it. If you used ceramic knives on hard material, the sharp edge will chip off.
    Since ceramic is almost as hard as diamond, you cannot sharpen it.... so I guess I shall remain in the iron age and not buy ceramic knives.

    Check this out

    Please read the user comments in that webpage... The users complained that when they discovered the ceramic knife had developed a chip and found the broken bits in the food, they had to throw away the food because there may have been more broken bits of the knife in their food. !! Scary, especially if you eat in a posh restaurant and the chefs use ceramic knives to prepare food

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    Quote Originally Posted by jan tomaswaki View Post
    New generation knives are ceramic ones , anyone care to share, i bought one but forgot where i put.
    We have 1 for fruit

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwchang View Post
    Scary, especially if you eat in a posh restaurant and the chefs use ceramic knives to prepare food

    In posh restaurant, I doubt the food preparation part is done by "chef " using ceramic knife.. !!

    Food preparation before cooking is a tedious and mundane process, and is normally done by lower-ranking helpers or junior chefs. I don't think there is a good reason to replace conventional stainless steel knife with ceramic knife for junior staff, especially when the freaking ceramic knife has to be handled with care !!

    The chef may use ceramic knife at the final part before cooking ...or when demonstrating his meat slicing skills to customers like in a posh sushi eatery...
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    Good to know. reminded me of the incident which I had a piece of wire stuck near my throat while having dinner. Terrible experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwchang View Post
    Since ceramic is almost as hard as diamond, you cannot sharpen it....
    This was what I understand with a ceramic knife. But apparently, the Kyocera sales assistant in Robinson's said Kyocera shop in Pavilion can restore the edge by polishing. Kyocera also has battery operated knife sharpener.
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    Wifey just bought a 5" ceramic knife at Japan Home Centre at Wellington St..Central for HKD55

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naka View Post
    Wifey just bought a 5" ceramic knife at Japan Home Centre at Wellington St..Central for HKD55
    Put in checked-in luggage ??

    I think you need to wrap the knife properly..
    Chinese tea is good, lager beer is better, 香檳 is the best..

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