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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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