Originally posted by Mosca
Man, I gotta get some new knives after reading this.
Please advise; what is the best VALUE in the under-$200 range for a set of say, 3 or 4 (paring, chopping, all purpose and maybe slicing)?
I think the best VALUE in knives is probably the Henckel's International Classic line. These are not in the same class as the knives being discussed above--a single one of those can run you close to $200. But the Henckel's International knives are forged high-grade steel with full tangs (the metal of the knife extends the length of the handle--important for durability and balance) which is what you want, but they are cheaper than the top-of-the-line Henckel's knives because they are made in Spain, not Germany (though Spain has a long history and tradition of making fine blades in Toledo) and because they are slightly cruder in appearance (doesn't affect performance). One place to buy them is: http://www.cutleryandmore.com/prodlist.asp?BrandID=45
. Amazon.com sometimes has them and Bed, Bath and Beyond often has some of them in stores. But be careful because there are other lines with similar names, also by Henckel's, that are NOT forged but stamped and I would NOT buy those.
For all purpose and chopping, I'd get a 7" or 8" Santuko (I prefer the straight edge ones rather than hollow ground but the latter are becoming more popular and available). For paring, a paring knife and for slicing, a 10" or longer slicer (here, hollow ground is useful). Another knife I enjoy is a bread knife with an offset handle.
This excellent set for $59 is half your need: