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knife for mass catering?

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Right guys, I'm involed in mass catering and about to buy a new chefs knife. I use my current chef knife for as long as 8 hours strate per day. Looking for somthing that would keep its edge for many years. Price really isn't an issue. Also somthing comfortable to hold not like globals that destroyed my hand after a days use haha
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How are you currently sharpening your existing knives?  

 

How often do they get sharpened?

 

What brand/model knives are you currently using and what are their lengths?

 

Do you have a preference concerning the type or size of the handle?  (You don't like Globals, but that's pretty common for Globals - a lot of people have the same aggravations concerning their handles)

 

Do you want  to only look at stainless steel, or would you consider carbon?

 

Anyone else have any questions which can help focus things?

 

 

 

 

Galley Swiller

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I you're using a knife for eight hours a day you'll be lucky if your knife stays sharp for weeks let alone years.  That simply isn't realistic, at least not if you like a high level of sharpness.  That's like wanting a car that can drive for a year on one tank of gas!  It's possible if you only drive a mile a week. Same for your knife.  It's a wear item.  A ceramic will stay sharp for a long time but they're expensive, fragile and not readily available in larger sizes.

 

I have an M390 Ultimatum from Richmond that can do maybe three months between sharpenings (this is 8-10 hours a day six days a week).  I have heard that HAP40 offers even better edge retention than that but I can't confirm it myself.

 

Your best bet is probably to get a couple good knives and rotate them.  You will either have to sharpen them yourself or have it done by someone knowledgeable about sharpening.

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"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." - Aristotle
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In addition only two tricks that worked for me to enhance edge retention. Have a 270mm. A long blade will have a much better retention than a short one. Add a section starting at the heel with a more obtuse sharpening angle for heavier tasks.
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In addition only two tricks that worked for me to enhance edge retention. Have a 270mm. A long blade will have a much better retention than a short one. Add a section starting at the heel with a more obtuse sharpening angle for heavier tasks.
Trust me, nobody in their right mind preps en masse with anything less than a 10"
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