Thanks for any help.
Thanks for any help.
I am a cutlery collector who specializes in knives, forks, cleavers and steels, and has a pretty extensive collection of knives that range from old carbon steel versions over 100 years old, to very modern stainless steel ones I've picked up at bargain prices. As I write this I have the large Tupperware 8 inch chief's knife in front of me, and I'm going to compare it to others of similar quality, and price.
First, lets look at others in the price range this knife claims to be in, roughly $80-$90. It well may be the heaviest 8 inch chef's knife that size and I am not impressed because it's got a lot more momentum than I want in a knife that size. I'ts handle is nothing special, reasonably comfortable, and the blade shape is very appropriate for a chef's knife but I don't like the very solid bolster at the rear of the blade because it stops me from being able to fully sharpen the blade and maintain the blade's shape, without also having to lower that massive bolster. The steel is hardened but the resulting blade's toughness and ability to take and hold a good edge is not as good as I would expect in a knife that expensive. The blade is so massively thick that believe it would be very hard to break even if I dropped it, but it's thickness results in a higher slicing effort. It's not an easy knife to use for a long time.
Other knives that cost as much range from the better Henckels to Cutco and I'd put this knife somewhere between those two. I also own the comparable Cutco chef's knife and it's nothing special, in fact I'd rather have and use a $30 Forchner than the the Cutco Chef's knife because Cutco is mostly hype sold by people who know nothing about what makes a knife good. I also have many Henckel kinves and an 8 inch Henckel 4 star chef's knife costs the same and is vastly superior in almost every way that has anything to do with qualities you can appreciate in a kitchen.
If you want a better kitchen knife, buy a Flochner at way less than half the price and you will have a knife that is the quality used by most kitchen professionals. If you still want to spend more and have a much finer knife, buy one of the higher quality Henckel's or other equivalent brands.
I'm not just saying this because Tuppleware made it's name in plastic, I'm saying it because that's what the knife is worth. There are other knives like Gerbers that were similarly introduced by companies that didn't know a thing about knives, but had the foresight to have a good knife-maker make knives for them, and in the case of Gerber, their knives became so popular that they became one of the best names in the business. I didn't discount the possibility that Tuppleware's knife supplier might have been one of the best, but they sure can't prove it to me with this line of knives.