A good craftsman doesn’t blame his tools, however when it comes to cooking, the importance of good knives can not be ignored. The simple and sometimes tedious act of slicing, dicing, mincing, trimming fat and cutting meats can become more laborious than it needs to, and thus affecting your dish. I have gone from wedding gift knives, to hand-me-down knives, to expensive European knives. Yes, you can sharpen pretty much anything, even a car tire iron, but there’s more to a knife than sharpness. There’s construction, balance, hardness of the blade. My research and experience has led me to these beautiful knives, the Global knives. Global is a Japanese company. The Japanese knives differ from brands like Wustof and Henckels in many ways. Global uses a CROMOVA 18 fine stainless steel which is very hard. The blades hold a sharp edge for a long time, before having to be sharpened. Another nice thing about Global Knives, the handle is hollow and filled with sand, to give a perfect balance to the knife. The handles are also made of stainless steel, so you don’t have to worry about them falling apart. I purchased the Ikasu Knife Block set. The knives are very sharp, and the block is made of bamboo wood and clear acrylic. This block does not take up too much real estate on your counter either. Knife sets can vary. I have even seen up to 15 piece knife sets which seems like overkill. At the very minimum, a solid kitchen set up should have a Chef knife, Paring knife, utility knife and bread knife. You can always add on from there. Please be advised, these knives are sharp. The set came with a Mino-Sharp water sharpening wheel, that I use every four to six months. It takes no effort at all and leaves them just like new.
Mino-Sharp Water Sharpener – You fill with water, then draw the blade through the slot 5-6 times and that’s it.