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Traditional knives, or knives with history.

I'm searching for traditional knives, or knives with a well-regarded history. Knives in the first group would be puuko knives, hori hori, kukri, and higo knives. Knives in the second group would be opinel, douk douk, victorinox, and laguiole knives. (Some of these are knife makers and some are unprotected names.) Nothing is too big or too small. I prefer knives that are just knives, but things that are also tools would be cool to see. Respected makers of traditional knives would also be appreciated.
posted by OmieWise on Aug 7, 2014 - 23 answers

Wedding gift for my BFF?

One of my best friends is getting married to a totally fantastic awesome guy. They already live together and don't have a registry yet. We are all artsy types (read: broke). I want to get them a kick-ass gift. Drown me in ideas, hive mind! [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Jul 4, 2014 - 17 answers

Advanced Home Cooks--What's on Your Wishlist? (Assuming You Were Good!)

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 - 53 answers

Where to buy — and test — knives in NYC

Seeking suggestions for good stores in NYC to buy high-quality kitchen knives where you can test them out before purchasing. Even if they don't let you actually cut or chop anything, are there places that at least let you hold the knives in your hand, to get a sense of the grip/feel/weight, etc.? Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Sep 25, 2013 - 10 answers

Squashes, how do they work?

There has got to be a better way to deal with winter squashes than the hacking/swearing/brute-force method I'm using right now. What is it? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Sep 13, 2013 - 36 answers

How can I buy something from Cutco with the least amount of pain?

A family friend is selling Cutco knives (I know, I know). For personal reasons, I have agreed to have a "presentation" and will need to buy something. I don't need advice on how to say "no," I need advice on what will be available that will optimally represent the best value, if not the lowest price point. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2013 - 27 answers

Do you like your ceramic kitchen knife?

After a close encounter with a garbage disposal, my 15-year Chef's knife is now defunct. Thinking of replacing it with a ceramic , but have some concerns about durability and sturdiness. Specifically: 1) The claim is that a ceramic blade never needs sharpening. Is this true? 2) Is the blade heavy/sturdy enough to do heavy chopping? Could you de-bone a chicken with one? Very interested in any and all other advice and thoughts from cooks that have made the switch from steel to ceramic. Thanks
posted by BadgerDoctor on Jun 26, 2013 - 31 answers

Origin of Hotta-San hunting knife at Best Made?

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 - 8 answers

Monogramed knife bag?

My love has begun getting her foot in the door in the restaurant industry and working some kitchen shifts. Currently she brings her knives to work wrapped in a towel and rubber bands. I'd like to get her a nice knife bag/roll and have it monogrammed. I need advice on good brands/places to purchase this/what to look for! Any chefs/cooks out there have any recommends? Online stores or San Francisco shops preferred. Thanks!
posted by matt_od on Jan 22, 2013 - 6 answers

Characters (film, books, video games) who dual wield knives or daggers?

I participate in a play-by-post fantasy roleplaying game and my character fights with two daggers. Can you help me find resources from movies, books, or video games of characters with a similar fighting style, to help develop my own character's skills? [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 on Jan 17, 2013 - 23 answers

RSS to SMS?

How can I get SMS text alerts from an RSS/atom feed? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange on Sep 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me find a knife shop in the Portland, Oregon area.

Where can I find decorative, collectible knives (not necessarily handmade) in the Portland, Oregon area? [more inside]
posted by Somnolent Jack on Jul 29, 2012 - 3 answers

Which filleting knife should I buy?

I'm going to buy a filleting knife as a gift. Which make should I buy? [more inside]
posted by jaffacakerhubarb on Jun 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking for a Knife Sharpening System

Looking to buy a knife sharpening system. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Apr 13, 2012 - 27 answers

Finding the right knife

I'd like to get a chef's knife for my wife, as she has recently developed an interest in cooking. The thing is, she has pretty bad arthritis and needs a knife that would be easy to hold, something with a largish handle. Any suggestions as to brand would be great. Also I should mention we are looking for a decent quality carbon steel type knife.
posted by WASP-12b on Mar 21, 2012 - 21 answers

What are your kitchen essentials?

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 - 35 answers

Can anyone share the manual and/or tips for the Chef'sChoice Professional Sharpening Station 130?

Can anyone share the manual and/or tips for the Chef'sChoice Professional Sharpening Station 130? [more inside]
posted by JoeGoblin on Nov 25, 2011 - 4 answers

Cleaning mini multi tools

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 - 11 answers

Is there a NICE credit-card multitool out there?

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 - 9 answers

Help me fix mah nife

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 - 8 answers

chop chop chop! -shwing!-

We'd like to buy my mom some really good kitchen knives for her birthday. However, we don't really feel like paying $55 for a 4.5 inch knife. [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Feb 14, 2011 - 40 answers

Sharp kitchen knives right out of the box?

Are any kitchen knives truly sharp when they're new? I've heard that newly purchased knives need to be sharpened by a pro for a razor-sharp edge, but is there a company that provides the optimal edge right out of the box?
posted by markcmyers on May 12, 2009 - 24 answers

Look sharp!

I'd like to sharpen my knives and pruner, but how? [more inside]
posted by serazin on Apr 16, 2009 - 26 answers

What size chef's knife should I buy?

I'm looking to spend a good amount of money on a chef's knife in the near future, and haven't found a good discussion of the difference between an 8" and 10" knife. What are the salient differences? [more inside]
posted by lhputtgrass on Jan 11, 2009 - 21 answers

How to release the blade on a folding knife

How do I release the blade and close this CRKT Kommer Full Throttle Knife? [more inside]
posted by mojohand on Dec 8, 2008 - 11 answers

Rubber Butterfly Knife that Works?

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 - 11 answers

Help me cut, chop, dice like a pro

Trying to find a good Knife Skills cooking class or workshop in the Ottawa area. Any ideas?
posted by Abbril on Jul 15, 2008 - 7 answers

That's just wrong!

How common is it for young people to conceal (weapons and drugs) and steal? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on Jun 11, 2008 - 46 answers

Switching to Mac... for the second time.

Do any stores in the northeast US sell MAC knives? Bonus points for Philadelphia.
posted by DoctorFedora on Feb 26, 2008 - 4 answers

Knife sharpening

Where can I get knives sharpened in the Hollywood (CA) area?
posted by TigerCrane on Feb 25, 2008 - 9 answers

How do you choose a sushi knife?

Know anything about sushi knives? I need info and recommendations. [more inside]
posted by zennie on Jan 26, 2008 - 20 answers

Help me find fun plates and cups.

I want to buy funky plates and cups (different for each place setting) The more eclectic and weird, the better. Do you have a favorite plates/cup that you got online that are cheap, funny, and safe for human consumption?(no traces of any chemicals that may cause blindness, irritability, etc..)
posted by melodykramer on Jan 4, 2008 - 12 answers

How can I fly with knives?

flying-with-knives/holiday-shippingFilter: Fly with chef knifes in a knife roll, or ship them? Who will get my stuff there the fastest? Providence, Rhode Island to Dallas, Texas. [more inside]
posted by sindas on Dec 18, 2007 - 20 answers

Batali's Big Knife

What is the big knife called (and where can i buy it) that Mario Batali uses sometimes on Iron Chef America? [more inside]
posted by rorycberger on Nov 2, 2007 - 15 answers

What's with this knife?

Anything interesting to know about a little chinese knife that has a smaller knife attached to the front of the case? [more inside]
posted by amethysts on Sep 30, 2006 - 4 answers

What tools will help me extract the delicious goodness of butternut squash from its hard waxy peel?

What tools are best for peeling and cubing butternut squashes? I'm not looking for recipes; I need recommendations for knives or vegetable peelers or whatever works best. [more inside]
posted by booksandlibretti on Sep 29, 2006 - 23 answers

Cheap Kitchen Knives

I just started work at a small family owned restaurant. My previous kitchen jobs used a service like Cozzini to keep their knives wicked sharp. Unfortunately, this place only has a few very dull and cheap supermarket bought knives. I wanted to bring in a few decent knives, but nothing fancy. Any recomendations? [more inside]
posted by Telf on Sep 15, 2006 - 19 answers

bad people scurr me

At the end of the month, I'll be heading to a certain country with, uh, a high level of military activity/insurgent activity to do humanitarian aid. I'm looking for protection. [more inside]
posted by quadrinary on Jul 6, 2006 - 15 answers

Deaths as a result of opening plastic packages.

Help me win a bet against my girlfriend. Relates to deaths while opening those pesky plastic packages. [more inside]
posted by Sonic_Molson on Jun 15, 2006 - 17 answers

Help me help my kitchen help me.

Indespensible kitchen supplies? Culinary magic aids? Killer cutting board? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Feb 27, 2006 - 55 answers

How to operate ChefsChoice knife sharpener

Do any AskMeFi members know how to operate/own the manual for a Chef'sChoice Model 100 electric knife sharpener? [more inside]
posted by mojohand on Jan 8, 2006 - 5 answers

Williams-Sonoma makes me feel funny.

I need to step up my capability to cook for myself. To motivate myself I want to get new pots and pans, but only the essentials. I'm guessing that I probably need two pots and two sautee pans. Oh, and probably a decent chef's knife. Anything else? Any recommended brands I should look for? Practicality and affordability are key.
posted by patgas on Nov 10, 2005 - 53 answers

How 'bout them new Calphalon knives?

Kitchen knives. One more time. How do knives distinguish themselves as they increase in price? Specifically, how does the recent offering from Calphalon compare? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s on Sep 23, 2005 - 15 answers

Recommendations for discreet sheathed knives

I'd like recommendations for a discreet sheathed knife. [more inside]
posted by McGuillicuddy on Aug 31, 2005 - 15 answers

Cut finger advice

Icky cut finger advice sought. [more inside]
posted by cillit bang on Mar 8, 2005 - 17 answers

Chop chop!

What is the best way to learn professional level kitchen knife skills? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by rorycberger on Jan 10, 2005 - 30 answers

Present for a Kitchen Pro

I need some help looking for a present for a kitchen pro [more inside] [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Sep 4, 2004 - 32 answers

Great Chef's Knife

I'm looking for a great chef's knife. I'm getting married soon so we're registering for gifts. My fiancee and I already have a decent set of knives, but I want a really fantastic chef's knife. While poking around on Alton Brown's site, I noticed his glowing shill endorsement for Kershaw Shun knives. Does anyone have any other opinions or recommendations?
posted by zsazsa on Mar 13, 2004 - 29 answers

What kitchen knives should I buy?

What kitchen knives should I buy? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by stonerose on Dec 28, 2003 - 21 answers

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