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  You might want to consider picking up a 3" thick Maple cutting board. There are a few companies that make them in this thickness in both end and edge grain. Brunoise is one place a laser absolutely shines.   Dave
I really like the Dexter Russel Oyster knives with the Sani-Safe handle and they make numerous blade styles. The problem I've always had with wood handled Oyster knives is that the blade eventually comes loose.
Luke...May the force (meat) be with you! (Sorry I couldn't help myself). I've a soft spot for Susan Spicers place so that would rate very high on my list. However no trip to NOLA would be complete for me without a stop @ Cochon Butcher for a Muffaletta. There's so many great choices in NOLA but Herbsaint would also be worthy of consideration.   Dave
If you want flowers from the Onion family you might want to try Chive flowers. They are abundant this time of year and a very pretty purple. Chives are also easy to grow, plus you can do any number of riffs on Chive mashed spuds so the garnish is not only edible but cohisive.   Dave
Most ovens should have a broiler so if you don't have access to a grill I'd either broil or pan sear and then finish in the oven.   Dave
Never under estimate the value of a gift certificate. Buying a knife for some one else unless you know exactly what they want = Bad Idea. Buying high end knives for a new culinary student = Bad Idea. Let your daughter use the knives the school provides. They provide them for a reason. Save the knife gifts until she can tell you exactly what she wants. If you are seeing a disparity in advice here that's beacause there's a disparity of actual work time as a...
I have a Western handled IT Inox 270mm Suj. If I had a Mulligan on that I'd go with a 300mm instead. I also have a 120mm petty and 185mm Gyuto. The small Gyuto is unique and very handy. I grab it just as often as any of the 240mm+ Gyuto's in my kit. Congrats on starting with some great knives.   Dave
    Import taxes have little to do with any vendor. If you owe import taxes then that's the way it is no matter who you order from. Creative accounting and the luck of the draw @ Customs can have an impact but most etailers will not fudge numbers to help your tax bill. That's an unrealistic expectation. Web sites that say any thing about import taxes simply state that all taxes, duties, fees etc are your responsibility. JCK charges $7 for freight. That has nothing to do...
I can't say I've ever noticed this with VG-10 but I wonder if we're getting a bit lost in the minutia of some obscure defintion. If pressed I would describe VG-10 as being a bit lifeless compared to G3 or 19c27.
  The Suisin WA Inox Honyaki is about as good as it gets in a standard production knife. There's not many blades in that category IMO. The Ikkanshi-tads and the Masamoto KS are about the only others I'd place in the same league with out getting into stratospheric price points. There are certainly others nipping on their heels at a better price point but I could pick any of these three and never buy another knife.
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