So, I've been trying to figure out what sort of knives I should get my Mother as a kitchen gift. There are a lot more choices then I thought there was and I'm getting a little bogged down. So I figured I might as well join a forum and ask.
Here's the background, my parents have finally finished renovation there kitchen after, oh... 4 years of work. My mom has been really patient and I want to get her a good gift for the kitchen. She's always had terrible knives. She got this serrated stamped knives ages ago and never really had the money to get new ones. Eventually she got so used to them, it never occurred to her to get new ones. When I graduated from college and came back home for a few months she actually stole my $25 Cuisinart forged chef knife, saying "It cuts so well."
Here are my requirements for the gift.
- Chef Knife
- Utility knife
- Paring knife
- Serrated bread knife
- 8x Steak knives
- Honing steel
- Knife block or drawer organizer (not necessary but nice)
- All for under $450 (not set in stone)
- Knives need to hold there edge for a long time (I know I'm going to be the one sharpening them)
- Rust resistant
Now, I know my mom won’t need the best of the best, but I would like to get her something different. So I was thinking of going with one of the Japanese manufactures. As far as steel goes I was thinking of the harder steels carbon steels. I won’t lie, I do like the way the shun and Tojro Damascus DP knives look, so I would like to steer that direction. These knives don’t have to be in a set.
Thanks for any help!