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Really want a decent knife set and it's a bit of a minefield. Ours are cheap supermarket ones and go blunt very easily.

Parents have got a set of Global ones but far too pricey for me sadly.

Any ideas of a decent set. About £50 but would go to £100 for the rights set that would last me well.

Friend suggested Sabatier Professional range.

Thanks.
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  • Ebe_ScroogeEbe_Scrooge Forumite
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    When it comes to kitchen knives, you really do get what you pay for. Sabatier are good, you might also want to look at Victorinox (manufacturer of the original Swiss Army Knife). Neither will be cheap, but if you look after them they really will last you forever. Don't keep them in a cutlery drawer with everything else, that's a surefire way to ruin them. Keep them in a wooden block or on a magnetic strip (we bought one from Ikea for just a couple of quid years ago, but you can get them anywhere).

    You may be better off buying individual knives, rather than a set. This spreads the cost, plus you won't end up with knives that you never use. Start off with one or two that you know you need (carving, paring, filleting, whatever it may be), then buy individual knives when you decide that you really do need it and will use it. Get a decent sharpening steel as well, and like I say they should last you forever. Hope this helps.
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  • Kentish_DaveKentish_Dave
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    I’ve no idea about cheaper ones, sorry, so my suggestion would be to buy good ones over time, and my favorites are Global.

    Get one 17 -20 cm utility knife and something to sharpen it properly with and you’ll use that for nearly everything until you want the next one.
  • fleetingmindfleetingmind Forumite
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    I’ve no idea about cheaper ones, sorry, so my suggestion would be to buy good ones over time, and my favorites are Global.

    Get one 17 -20 cm utility knife and something to sharpen it properly with and you’ll use that for nearly everything until you want the next one.

    Thank you.

    I assume you can't put these in the dishwasher?

    What would you use to sharpen them and do you have to sharpen every time you use them which I have read earlier?
  • DoozergirlDoozergirl Forumite
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    I'd agree that you probably only need one large chef's knife and a sharpener.

    I have a couple of identical and cheap and cheerful John Lewis own brand chefs knives that are in one piece, like the global ones, and one smaller one for occasionally odd things like slicing into an avocado without taking my fingers off. I have a Joseph Joseph sharpening tool as I find it more reliable than the sharpening rods - one of those in the wrong hands and they can completely blunt a knife!

    I'm sure if you're proper cheffy, there's need for wider range, which you can build up over time, but I know I've got better knife skills and speed than most people and it's mainly because of my big knife! The weight in the wider part of the blade is so satisfying and you barely need to lift the top end from the board.
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  • chippy2uchippy2u Forumite
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    Do not put chefs knives in the dishwasher! All the banging about will soon take the edge off the knife. Plus the detergent used can be very abrasive. Hand wash in warm soapy water.
  • LandyAndyLandyAndy Forumite
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    Thank you.

    I assume you can't put these in the dishwasher?

    What would you use to sharpen them and do you have to sharpen every time you use them which I have read earlier?

    I have a mixture Wusthof and Zwilling JA Henckels knives (both of which I would recommend). I put mine in the dishwasher, doesn't seem to harm them but they are in slots so they don't 'bang about' in a cutlery canister.

    Buy a good steel and hone the knife on it before you use it, only needs a few strokes.
  • ohreallyohreally Forumite
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    Global or Gustav Emil Ern.
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  • jimbo6977jimbo6977 Forumite
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    Opinel.

    Obvs the traditional wooden handled ones won't go in the dishwasher, but they do make d/w safe versions.
  • daveyjpdaveyjp Forumite
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    Another Zwilling owner here. Had them about 20 years, cost £150 for a block of 5, plus steel and scissors. I'll never need to replace them.

    Whilst there are Zwilling blocks for £100 I'd need to see and feel them to see how they compare with a more expensive option.
  • maisie_catmaisie_cat Forumite
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    You don't actually need that many knives, a paring knife, a cooks knife and a bread knife if you slice your own bread are a minimum. I have around 8 Wustof knives bought around 20 years ago, I use 5 of them max and resharpen regularly. I would personally go for the best you can afford and buy the knives you use most first.
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