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Knives that can be mistreated

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Hello all,

 

I'd like to buy a few knives (chef's knife, tomato (serrated) knife, and paring knife, probably) for my in-laws, nominally as a father's day present for my father in law - they're always complaining that their knives are old and dull - but also in part to give me something a bit sharper to use when we visit them.  I don't want to spend too much money, probably around $100 if possible.

 

Here's the catch: based on past experience these knives will not be cared for the way people on this board care for knives.  They will soak in the sink; they'll go in the dishwasher; they will never, ever, be sharpened.  So while my first instinct for (relatively) inexpensive knives is Victorinox/Forschners, I don't think they'd last more than a month under the conditions.

 

Obviously, the sharpest possible knife is not the priority here; maybe the focus should be on something that's very inexpensive and can be replaced without too much heartburn.  But if anyone knows of a knife set that's designed to be dishwasher safe and generally take some abuse, I'd really appreciate it.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 3

You're better off buying them a mechanical sharpener than new knives.  New knives will only get old and dull also in a year.

 

Or maybe buy them serrated knives.  If they never ever sharpen their knives, I would say they don't much care how their food comes out anyway.  Many such knives are cheap enough that most people would not think twice about chucking a set for new ones.

 

But again, you would be VERY much better off buying them a Forschner set and a sharpening gizmo.  Maybe if you bought them a sharpening gizmo first they might even decide they don't really need new knives after all.  Well, maybe a bread knife.

post #3 of 3

I don't think purchasing a mechanical knife sharpener for them would be the best investment. What if you got the a simple, small, and easier to understand knife sharpener. There are quite a few on the market and they're super easy to use (not to mention inexpensive!). Even if they never use the knife sharpener, at least you could when you visit them since it would only take minutes. Here's a Chef's Choice 480 knife sharpener in use. Here's the knife sharpener itself for cheap.

 

Anything is better than what they have, right?

"The moral of this story is not everything that's slick is non-stick, and not everything non-stick is slick."
— Alton Brown

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"The moral of this story is not everything that's slick is non-stick, and not everything non-stick is slick."
— Alton Brown

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