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In other wood news. I made this lovely device this weekend.



Was going to a sushi party and was bringing my beef tataki. I knew I would want my own knife for cutting so I built this for transport. The sides are Brazilian cherry, the top/bottom poplar.









Date: 2009-03-02 06:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cambler.livejournal.com
So on a related topic, do you know much about good cooking knives?

The wife wants a set, and I see them from $100 for what I presume is crap, up to $3,000 for what I presume is overpaid professional-chef ego sets.

Date: 2009-03-02 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] akbar56.livejournal.com
Unfortunately I have no official knowledge of knives. It's all about a hands on feel for me. For a long life you want a good metal that will hold a good edge.

Date: 2009-03-02 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] akbar56.livejournal.com
Best recommendation: find a TV chef that she likes. Look into what that chef uses. Continue research from there.

Date: 2009-03-02 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jedipussytricks.livejournal.com
My mom won a set of W├╝sthof knives, and since she never cooks, she gave them to us. Dave loves them. Being free, they were not overpriced to us, of course. Don't know about their usual cost.

The one thing I do know about knives is that they should be "full tang," meaning the piece of metal the blade is made of should go all the way back in the handle. The wood or plastic of the handle should be for comfort only; the structural integrity of the handle should be provided by the metal of the blade. It doesn't matter whether the metal is actually showing, of course, though that does make it easier to verify that they are full tang. I would hope that even at $100 full tang would be a given, but if it's not then you're really being ripped off.

This is pretty similar to the set we have, though not exact because I know we have a cleaver.
Edited Date: 2009-03-02 07:45 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-03-03 12:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nuttersled.livejournal.com
Knife learning from my real-cook friends:

Decide if wife wants a cool looking matching set. If so, get one of those $300 ones from mustof, Henckels, or similar. They're great and will last a long time.
If, however, wife would like some really awesome heirloom super knives, buy a good knife block and a set of steak knives, and then buy each and every other knife piecemeal. Get the exact knife that she'll want for her task.

Some favorites of mine (I am not a good cook, but lovegnome and elf have guided me:
An offset bread knife.
http://images.surlatable.com/surlatable/images/en_US//local/products/detail/286062.jpg
This allows you to cut bread all the way down to the cutting board/surface while leaving room for your fingers.

A big old well balanced chef's knife. Good for most chopping needs.
A smaller 5 inch(ish) santuko blade. Chopping sticky stuff.
A good knife steele, ceramic or otherwise. Learn how to use it and to know when it has worn out.
A knife sharpening set/device/solution. I don't know much about these myself.

Cambler, if you find something you really like, please let me know. I've always wanted to get myself something from some dead-grandfather money he left me...something that would be useful and would last, and could be sentimental. A good set/group of knives would fit that bill nicely.

Date: 2009-03-03 12:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nuttersled.livejournal.com
Does the hole have a geometry that fits the blade, or is it a "squared" hole?

I LOVE this thing. Really cool!

Date: 2009-03-03 01:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] akbar56.livejournal.com
Its just square. Decided to keep it simple. It is only custom part is the length.

Now, the actual full set knife block I am working on (and should be up by later this week) is alot more custom.

Preview here:
http://pics.livejournal.com/akbar56/pic/0019k20p/s640x480

Date: 2009-03-03 05:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_evil_clarence_/
Now you're totally ready to "roam the earth" with your knife in tow. Fighting crime and evil-doers everywhere. =P Cool project!

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