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    Knives

    Don't worry, not a scare story about a school or anything.
    The wife and I are getting more into doing recipes and a lot of home cooked stuff (trying to be a lot more healthy!)
    Considering the amount of slicing, dicing, cutting, etc. I will be doing I want to get a decent set of knives.

    I've had a look on websites and forgetting the super expensive ones (over £1000 for a set!!) I've seen a set of Stellar Sabatier knives for about £90 down from £240. Are these good knives? I've seen the ceramic ones that look good but are still mega expensive so are these ones a decent entry-mid range set?

    Stellar Sabatier 8 Piece Arched Knife Block Set: Amazon.co.uk: Kitchen & Home

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    Sabatier are very good knives. Although we bought a lovely block of 5 sabatier in Robert Dyas for about £30 so it might be worth visiting them as sometimes they have some great stuff really reasonably priced.

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    I used to work as a chef (Italian restaurants to gastro pubs, it got me through uni ;-) ) and I've liked every sabatier knife I've come across, so I'd say for that price they're probably worth a punt.

    Get yourself a whetstone too, and watch a couple of youtube videos on how to sharpen on it - I guarantee you won't regret it.

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    When I worked as a Chef I had a full set of Victorianox Knives with rosewood handles - where where loverly and i still use them to this day.

    I think it was this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Victorinox-R...975233&sr=1-86

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    got some good reviews. why not!?

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    Check out James Martins range, I bought one a few months ago for around £20 and it is superb.

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    I use sabatier knives, i think they are better than the ceramic ones, ive had my set of sabatiers for about 5 years and aslong as they get love and attention and a whetstoning now and again i expect them to last at least another 10 years more

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    In short - yes, Sabatier knives are brill. Just ensure you can keep them sharp and you'll have a great set of blades that will last you a very long time...

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    This set does come with the sharpening steel, are they not good to use?

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    sharpening steel is ok for a quick shine up before cutting but to keep a good edge on you need a whetstone

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    Quote Originally Posted by HaleStorm View Post
    sharpening steel is ok for a quick shine up before cutting but to keep a good edge on you need a whetstone
    Or a grinding machine - but thats more for commercial stuff!

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    Thanks to everyone. I'll probably end up getting these ones. I'm nowhere near a good cook but would at least like to be able to cut without hacking which i pretty much have to do with our current knives.

    Also, what are peoples views on chopping blocks? We have a glass one at the moment which is OK for the spread of germs etc but a right pain in the rump at times when cutting as things slide everywhere. My wife doesn't want a wooden one as she says that the cuts and grooves will harbour germs. I used to have a marble one but thats the same as the glass, it slides food about

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    Use a wooden one, and anti-bac spray it.

    The 'harboring germs' thing is ridiculous, when you realise what else you come into contact with day in day out - it's not like you're spreading your trash across it either...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    Use a wooden one, and anti-bac spray it.

    The 'harboring germs' thing is ridiculous, when you realise what else you come into contact with day in day out - it's not like you're spreading your trash across it either...
    Same as this - the plastic ones IMHO are actually worse as they cut up more and are harder to clean - aslong as you have a decent quality one it shouldn't be a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HaleStorm View Post
    sharpening steel is ok for a quick shine up before cutting but to keep a good edge on you need a whetstone
    I've used a diamond steel for the last 5 years, haven't needed anything else since.

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