Originally Posted by ChefPaul
I have personally spend enough money on just cutlery to buy a decent SUV. The bottom line for all my effort is this. "It's only a tool" if it makes you happy use it! I have used plain stamped forschners as well as custom top of the line Japanese cutlery from Carter as well as other Japanese makers and as well as most everything in between. Let's face it someone has to pick it up and cut with it! If you worry about your knife getting dull, scratched or mishandled, don't buy it or buy it and start a shrine with it. Most things in a commercial kitchen get used hard! It's all about you and how deep your pockets are and what your willing to sacrifice!
Great post! I wish I'd written it.
I've been paid to cook for 53+ years and spent a small fortune in search of that one knife that will always feel just right. The search is never ending, I'm afraid. Lately, I've been very happy using what most professionals would deem to be cheap crap. I had a gig at a synagogue for 260 with the protein being sweet/sour brisket of beef. The kosher briskets required extensive butchering. I was required to use the synagogue's kosher meat cutlery. Searching through a synagogue kitchen drawer I came upon a Kiwi (branded) light weight cleaver still in shrink wrap. I was amazed at how sharp and easy to use it was. When I checked on-line for the price of said knife, I had to laugh aloud...something like 8-bucks. Needless to say, I bought several knives and sizes. My Global, Shun and Henckels are at rest while I use the cheapies.
True story: Three weeks ago, I took a load of old clothes to a local Goodwill. Once there, I decided to nose around the store. On a shelf sat a filled knife block. The metal insignia on the block was Messermeister. I took a close look at the contents. Yikes! A complete 11-piece cutlery set of Meridian Elites, with the appearance that only one knife had ever seen any use. The price on the set was marked $14.99 and I was plenty nervous when I took it up to the check-out desk.
"Are you age 55 or better?"
"You're asking my age for ???"
"On Wednesday, if you're 55 or better, you get 25% off your purchase."
Upshot=I paid $12.04 for the complete set.
When I got home, I checked on-line for the price of this 11-pice set; $1053.00 MSRP
I sold it to my daughter for one dollar.