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Caring for Global knife

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
I'm not a knife hound like some of y'all and have used the same two knives (a Henkels which was a gift, and a Wusthof) for years. As I've mainly worked in pastry or as a private chef, having a plethora of great knives was never as important as owning every size

and every size

I bought my Global chef and I love it. According to the Global website, one should NEVER hone their knife on anything other than a Global steel. Ditto the recommendation for sharpening on a stone. Together, these two items, if purchased from Global, total more than the knife itself.

Should I consider these recommendations dogma and refrain from touching my knife to any steel that doesn't have a Global name on it?
post #2 of 5
The Global steel, or "honing rod," if you will, is on the mediocre side of mediocre. A very good ceramic hone for the price, and better than the Global, is the Idahone fine 12". Around $25.

The Global whetstone is a Mino 1000#. Decent, but not great -- especially considering the price. There are better, there are less expensive, and quite a few which are both. You might find a 1000# Naniwa Super Stone from Tools for Working Wood to be a better, cheaper stone. If you're good at sharpening on stones, it would be a good idea to add a 5,000# to your stone set. You might also consider a combination stone of lesser quality and lower price -- at least until you have a better idea of which grits suit you best and until you get used to the maintenance routine waterstones demand.

If you don't know how to sharpen a knife on a waterstone maybe we should talk about that.

post #3 of 5
The only part of this that should be taken seriously is if you make a comparison to a pull-through sharpener with a pre-set edge angle. Most such sharpeners are set with about a 22-degree angle, where your Global comes with about a 15-degree bevel. If you use a 22-degree pull-through, you're going to have a mediocre edge by comparison to what this knife can take. Other than that, ignore what they say and listen to BDL.
post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thank you for all the great info. Just what I was looking for. I've been maintaining my other knives on my stone for years so I'm ok on all that. Like I said, the Global folks made me so neurotic about using their products exclusively, that I've been afraid to try anything else.

Thanks again! I'm going to google those products you listed.
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Yes, I know about the angle, which is another reason why the recommendations made me nervous. I would not use a pull through sharpener.

Thanks for your great feedback!
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