Calling all chefs;need cutlery recommendation
Would like to purchase a nice cutlery set for the kitchen. I haven't found anything on STX. While researching the Internet I find it all confusing regarding what to purchase. I think I have narrowed it down to Wusthof and Henckles. But, both of those lines carry varying degrees of quality. I am not a chef but like to cook and would enjoy a decent set of cutlery that will stay sharp ( and can be sharpened when needed) Looking for those 4-5 useful knives in a set. Around $300? Actually, I could use just a huge knife to chop about anything. But, then again, I also use my 7 iron for most of my golf game. Any advice as to what to purchase and where is appreciated! Thanks.
There's a cutlery store next to Purple Papaya below where Parrot's Cove was. I think it's St.Croix Cutlery.
He has different operating hours, so check the door for his times. I think noon - 2 p.m. is a good time to show up. He has several brands including Wustof (my fave for 14 years) and sometimes he has good deals. He's a knowledgeable, nice guy that can explain the differences and steer you in the right direction. He also sharpens dull knives for cheap.
My roommate in college was a professional chef. He carried his own set of Henckels knives to work every day. He gave me my first Henckels Four Star knife over 25 years ago (utility knife) and I still have it. I have added several more Four Star knives to the collection over the years. Which ever brand you decide to go with, I'd recommend getting a paring knife, utility knife, and a chef's knife. I'd also invest in a sharpening steel, to help the knives maintain their edge longer. If you want to go deeper into your collection (and wallet),a boning knife comes in handy, as would a meat carving, and bread knife.
Not all Henckels are Henckels, not all Wustoffs are Wustoffs, and as I found out, not all Sabatier are Sabatier.
Excellent discussion HERE.
Funnily enough, several years ago I was cleaning up trash on the roadside in my neighborhood and I found a great big Kitchenaid chef's knife in the grass. I brought it home and washed it and now it is one of my favorites!