Cooking is probably my main hobby these days. And, as a late-thirties professional, I have a fully outfitted kitchen. I'm being asked for gift ideas for Christmas, and I think I'll probably limit myself to 1) whisky and 2) stuff for the kitchen. Fellow advanced home cooks with fully stocked kitchens, what's on your wishlist this holiday season? Not looking for gimmicky stuff; rather something I'd actually use for years to come. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Nov 25, 2013 -
A decade or more ago, in an Asian market somewhere in North America, I came across a chopping knife that became my favorite kitchen tool. It's been lost for more than a year now ... and I am desperate to replace it. But I haven't a clue who the maker was and have had no luck locating anything like it again in the dozen or so markets I've since visited. Help? [more inside]
posted by peakcomm
on Nov 19, 2013 -
I've been looking at this knife at Best Made
for a while, and I can't seem to find its provenance. Many other products at Best Made are rebranded or what have you versions from known suppliers, but I cannot for the life of me find a knife that resembles the Hotta-san — after looking at hundreds online. Everything I find refers back to Best Made's info. Can anyone unravel this mystery? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront
on Feb 8, 2013 -
A friend of mine has been getting back into camping/hiking/general outdoors-ness recently and has asked for my help locating a good 'survival' knife. [more inside]
posted by skrymir
on Sep 5, 2012 -
Let's say you're starting from scratch and outfitting a minimalist kitchen. What do you buy? [more inside]
posted by sharkfu
on Dec 4, 2011 -
Is there anything I can do to restore my beautiful, pristine Sabatier carbon steel knife to its original condition? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic
on Sep 2, 2011 -
Should I carry a concealed knife for self defense? If so, what kind? Are there classes that educate proper knife usage? [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo
on Aug 11, 2011 -
I have a couple of mini knives/multi-tools (1 Leatherman and 1 Gerber). I like both of them a lot, but they are getting kind of old (1 is 13 years old and the other is about 4 years old).
I am looking for a way to clear them properly so that some of the minor rust spots are gone and get rid of all of the "stuff" that has accumulated in the knife over the years. However, where they are so small, I am finding this difficult.
Any tips/suggestions as to go about doing this?
posted by dbirchum
on Jul 6, 2011 -
Is there such a thing as a really nice, possibly handmade, credit-card-sized multitool? Examples of what I'm NOT looking for below the fold. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 27, 2011 -
I have one of the Kershaw SpeedSafe knives designed by Ken Onion. A little while ago the knife stopped opening all the way when I pushed on the back of the blade. I've opened it up and now I need a little guidance.
There's a bonus question on cleaning / inhibiting rust as well. [more inside]
posted by BigSky
on Mar 11, 2011 -
When trying to cut vegetables with my new, sharp Shun santoku knife, I find that a simple chop is not cutting through all the way through the skin. So for example, I'll have slices of diced bell peppers that are diced 97% of the way through, but still hang together. I think it's a problem in my technique. After I push down all the way, am I supposed to slide the knife backward to complete the cut? Or wiggle the knife a little left and right (though this produces an unpleasant screech as the knife grates against the cutting board)? Or just slice harder? Or get a different cutting board? Thanks for helping an amateur.
posted by Malad
on Feb 9, 2011 -
Looking for a high quality extremely sharp knife that i could carry and will never be used for anything other than last ditch self defense. The two things that it must be...Under $60 and non-fixed blade.
posted by flipmiester99
on Dec 2, 2010 -
Please pick out some dishware and flatware for me. I am overwhelmed and you all are better at this than me. [more inside]
posted by k8t
on Nov 12, 2010 -
In the series of movies about Zatoichi, the famed Japanese masseur and blind swordsman, the protagonist wields his sword in an "inverse" position, with the bladed portion of the weapon extending downward from the hand. Is this position unique to Zatoichi, or does it appear in other Japanese--or non-Japanese--styles of swordsmanship? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott
on Oct 5, 2010 -
Just inherited a knife from my grandfather on a visit back home. He bought it in 1945; it is stamped "SCHRADE-WALDEN N.Y. U.S.A H-15" it has been in his Silverado's cab for the last 30 years or so, stored in a leather sheath (I've just read that's bad.) I have questions on cleaning it. [more inside]
posted by phritosan
on Sep 1, 2009 -
Name the knife used in "A Perfect Getaway" - seen in the previews, strapped to the leg of one of the male characters. It appears to have a handle that looks like brass knuckles, and generally looks very cool. I'm interested in knowing the model and manufacturer of this knife.
posted by Merlin144
on Aug 7, 2009 -
Moving from Melbourne, Australia to Nevada, USA. Need to ship a rifle and some knives to collect when I get there. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Eastgate
on Jul 13, 2009 -
So my buddy and I watched that old Keanu Reeves film Point Break the other night, and we got to talking. We're thinking that more air pressure causes you to bleed at a more furious pace. So if someone's in a knife fight in a plane, is cut, say across the arm, then jumps out of the airplane to parachute to the ground - will they bleed to death before they hit the ground because the air pressure is causing them to bleed so quickly? It doesn't have to be skydiving, it could be on like, Everest. Will you bleed crazy fast higher up? I know that there are a lot of variables here, but I'm just curious if the thinking is sound.
posted by Sully
on Jun 7, 2009 -
I kinda feel like rounding up a couple of rubber practice knives and coating the edges in lipstick and having some simulated knife fights just for kicks. [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop
on May 26, 2009 -
[TVMoviesFilter] Trying to remember an old, cheap-looking movie from a single rememberance: in a room full of rich people, a magician/healer slides a woman's neck tumor/lump through to her finger, at which point he cuts it off with a knife. [more inside]
posted by XiBe
on May 14, 2009 -
How can I buy a butterfly knife cheaply if I just want to practice opening it? The hinge should work well, but the blade itself can be hammered out of somebody's garbage can for all I care. The first thing I do will be to dull it. In fact, since I spend a lot of time in Illinois, New Jersey, and New York City where butterfly knives are illegal to carry, it'd probably buy me some peace of mind if this thing didn't have a blade at all, just some appropriately weighted piece of metal. Anyone know where I can get something like this?
posted by d. z. wang
on Dec 14, 2008 -
I have a bunch of dull knives, chisels, etc. I think I'm looking for a bench grinder. Used? New? How do I use it when I've got it? [more inside]
posted by echo target
on Oct 27, 2008 -
Why do the slices stick to the side of my chef's knife when I'm slicing apples and such? Is there anything I can do to stop it? It doesn't seem to happen to the TV chefs.
posted by smackfu
on Oct 26, 2008 -
What should I call it when a band is finishing a song and the guitarist hits the last chord while jumping in the air and jack knifing his/her legs back?
posted by planetkyoto
on Sep 28, 2008 -
I know. I should use a whetstone, but I haven't really been able to get the hang of it, despite taking a class (and I know to use the honing steel frequently between sharpenings). Can anyone recommend an easy at-home knife sharpening tool that's almost
as good as a stone?
posted by SampleSize
on Aug 1, 2008 -
Is there such a thing as a rubber balisong
or butterfly knife? What I'm wanting is a balisong that has the approximate heft expected, so it can be tricked
with a bit, just without all of the potential for profuse bleeding. [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand
on Jul 27, 2008 -
Home Improvement Filter: why is it so hard to find an offset tool to remove stuff that is mounted on the wall? What do you use for that purpose? [more inside]
posted by jak68
on Jun 28, 2008 -
Do any stores in the northeast US sell MAC knives? Bonus points for Philadelphia.
posted by DoctorFedora
on Feb 26, 2008 -