[Sca-cooks] Possible bargain on knife set for anyone interested...

Stefan li Rous StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Mon Nov 19 22:10:33 PST 2007

It was said:
> -----Original Message-----
> < < < < < ... in short they appear to be real knives. List price
> appears to be $380, or...
> There's some confusing text in the ad which suggests you actually get
> a case of 2 sets? Yes, apparently you get a pair of sets, if I'm
> reading this correctly, which would make it an excellent deal, I
> think. It's too early, coffee still brewing, and I scarcely know my
> own name, so maybe I'm misreading it.
> Adamantius  > > > > >
> In the right-hand margin, there is a link for a single set of the
> knives fo
> 39.99, so this does look like two for one price . . . but no
> discount over buying one set from them.

True, but since I have seen (and in fact purchased) student-grade
chef's knives (the legendary 10-inch Dick, in fact) for the price of
that double-set, I thought it was a pretty good deal.

Okay, I went ahead and ordered a set, since I could probably use a  
nicer set, although I only bought the single set. However, one of the  
comments that has come out here before when discussing knives is that  
you should "try them on for size". So they might become a gift after  

I notice that these are forged blades with full tangs and not just  
flat knife blanks.  But what else makes these a better deal than the  
other knives on sale on Overstock some of which are also on sale for  
similar percentages. Some knives have wooden handles, these have  
plastic. What are the pros and cons of each? Since these don't have  
wooden handles, why do they still need to be hand-washed? Or do they?

The set includes:
13-inch chef's knife
13-inch heavy duty slicing knife
   (I assume the two knives on the left. Which is which?)
11.5-inch utility slicer
Professional chef's cleaver
   (I thought cleavers had big square or rectangular blades. Are  
those *Chinese* cleavers? Is this the one on the right next to the  
7-inch paring knife
    (Doesn't look 4.5 inches shorter than the 11.5 inch above it)
Six individual matching steak knives
Matching steel knife sharpener

And lastly, what is the optimum use for each of these knives? Or for  
what kitchen tasks would you use each of these knives?

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