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Post Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:52 pm
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YardBurner wrote:
The santoku is kinda like a western chef's knife.
All purpose slicing, dicing and mincing.

The way I figure it is the
knife companies pushed them onto
the TV cooking shows to drum
up some sales. Not everyone in America
alreadyhad one (or two) and when you see
your fave celeb cook using one you get a
hankerin to get one for the collection.

Plus they look a lot less scary than an
eight or ten inch chef's knife.

Next big thing I see them pushing
is the Nakiri, which I've been using
for twenty years or so.

-YB

I looked at those knives at Sam's and had them in the cart to get but changed my mind for only the boning knives for right now. With the price on those may have to pick up the rest of the set until I can start getting some of the Forshner knives
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Post Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:03 am
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Location: Greensburg Indiana
Cactus1 wrote:
We have a complete set of Calphalon knives. They were recommended to us when we decided to buy a good knife set 5 or 6 years ago. They're OK but I still prefer my hodge-podge of inexpensive knives. I have a favorite paring knife that stores in it's own sharpener, an old boning knife, an old butcher knife, and a mixed bag of steak knives. I still use my cheapie Hamilton Beach electric knife that dates to my bachelor days. My favorite knife is an Appalachian Bow Knife that we bought at a craft show 6 or 7 years ago. I can slice just about anything paper thin with it.

I think we had one of those paring knives that came in their own sharpener, I liked it a lot.
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Post Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:26 pm
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jhumpert wrote:
Cactus1 wrote:
We have a complete set of Calphalon knives. They were recommended to us when we decided to buy a good knife set 5 or 6 years ago. They're OK but I still prefer my hodge-podge of inexpensive knives. I have a favorite paring knife that stores in it's own sharpener, an old boning knife, an old butcher knife, and a mixed bag of steak knives. I still use my cheapie Hamilton Beach electric knife that dates to my bachelor days. My favorite knife is an Appalachian Bow Knife that we bought at a craft show 6 or 7 years ago. I can slice just about anything paper thin with it.

I think we had one of those paring knives that came in their own sharpener, I liked it a lot.


That's a Wiltshire Stay-Sharp knife. I have 4 of these in different sizes in the kitchen and they get a ton of use. They were given to me when my cousin the foodie upgraded to a $600 set of Henckels. I'd love to find some new sharpening cartridges for these, though, as they aren't always available.

To round out the set I have 3 carbon-steel santoku knives in different lengths. They cost me $8 - $10 apiece at a local department store and they've lasted 7 years now. These are my absolute favorite knives to use in the kitchen and I sharpen them on micro-fine 3M abrasive in my workshop. (And yes - these ones are sharp enough to shave with.)

I'm with Cactus1 here - a collection of inexpensive knives works just fine by me. Honestly, I've never felt that I needed an expensive knife set because I get such excellent results from the ones I have.

If an expensive set of knives works for you, then that's OK too. I've found that for myself pricier isn't always better, and sometimes it's the operator, not the tool.

It's the same way with my new hobby: shooting airguns. I started shooting again a few months ago and I'm now the top shot at the shooting range I go to, and that's with a $150 basic air rifle compared to guys that have $300-$1500 models. Now I used to be a shooting and archery instructor a couple of decades ago, but that's only part of the reason I shoot better than the other guys. Sometimes skill can count as much as the equipment.

And the pests in my neighborhood have all mysteriously disappeared, too. :twisted:
Unlike propane, you'll never wake up scorched and naked in another county because you mishandled a bag of briquettes.

Post Wed Oct 16, 2013 2:06 pm
jhumpert well done
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LOLOL and bet there are no prowlers around either.
Jeff
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Post Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:43 pm
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jhumpert wrote:
LOLOL and bet there are no prowlers around either.


I hung up a target from one of my best shoots, along with the words "Trespassing? Think again.". Since then the prowlers haven't come around - and we have a number in our area too. Better deterrent than the little yappy mutt next door, in fact. :twisted:
Unlike propane, you'll never wake up scorched and naked in another county because you mishandled a bag of briquettes.

Post Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:55 pm
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Location: Greensburg Indiana
CharredGriller wrote:
jhumpert wrote:
LOLOL and bet there are no prowlers around either.


I hung up a target from one of my best shoots, along with the words "Trespassing? Think again.". Since then the prowlers haven't come around - and we have a number in our area too. Better deterrent than the little yappy mutt next door, in fact. :twisted:

I think the best sign I have seen said "Warning, trespassers will be shot...Survivors will be shot again" a public service announcement from Smith & Wesson.

But I think the target also works well too.
Jeff
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Post Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:03 pm
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CG - I've probably used that paring knife a thousand times and never paid attention to the name on the sharpener. It is a Wiltshire. Guess that goes to show how observant I am. Didn't know they made replacement sharpening cartridges for it either. Mine still stays sharp.
Interesting one is the Appalachian Bow Knife. High carbon steel band - think I was told they use the same blade in bakery commercial slicers. Guy said under normal use we'd never dull the blade in our lifetime but if we did we could send it in to have the blade replaced. I have the paperwork around somewhere for it. Wonder if the guy I bought it from would still be around if I ever do need to replace the blade.
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Post Thu Oct 17, 2013 12:35 pm
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Cactus1 wrote:
CG - I've probably used that paring knife a thousand times and never paid attention to the name on the sharpener. It is a Wiltshire. Guess that goes to show how observant I am. Didn't know they made replacement sharpening cartridges for it either. Mine still stays sharp.
Interesting one is the Appalachian Bow Knife. High carbon steel band - think I was told they use the same blade in bakery commercial slicers. Guy said under normal use we'd never dull the blade in our lifetime but if we did we could send it in to have the blade replaced. I have the paperwork around somewhere for it. Wonder if the guy I bought it from would still be around if I ever do need to replace the blade.


Cactus1 - do you have a pic or a link to this knife? Something doesn't sound 100% right. High carbon steel is probably the most common metal for decent knife blades and it's known for its ease of sharpening. I've been sharpening knives since Cub Scouts 35 years ago, and I've owned nearly 170 different knives - over 90% of these have been carbon steel.

They do lose their edge with use but they also sharpen up in a jiffy with very little effort. If that bow knife has a high carbon steel blade it would be something you could sharpen yourself with very little effort, so I don't know why the guy said it wouldn't dull or why he said he'd need to replace the blade if it did. :?
Unlike propane, you'll never wake up scorched and naked in another county because you mishandled a bag of briquettes.

Post Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:49 pm
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Location: Indian Head Park, IL.
Have to figure out the picture thing. New computer (2 1/2 months old) and Windows 8 is making me crazy. Seems every other time I turn it on it goes into update mode. Last Thursday it froze up in the middle of a Windows update and wouldn't do anything. I couldn't even power it off. Had to take it back to Best Buy. Geek Squad ran diagnostics and found nothing with hardware or no viruses but the system had corrupted. They finally had to set it back to Day 1 and I got it back on Tuesday night. Only thing I really lost was my Microsoft Office but was able to reinstall it.
Found the little booklet I got with the bow knife. Don't see a link but it was hand made by Robert Linn in Edmond, OK. with an 800 phone #. He's the guy that I bought it from. Here's part of what my paperwork that I got with it says ... "The blade, made from high carbon steel, is a scalloped design that is double beveled. The blade is extremely thin, which is part of the reason that it cuts so well. The strength of the blade is a result of the tension applied to the blade when it is mounted on the wood bow saw. The back of the bow has about a quarter of an inch bow in it. This bow effect gives the blade a spring steel feel. Because the blades are made for commercial use, they have a very long life. The blades last at least two hundred hours of bread cutting before becoming dull." This is the same type of blade that is used in a commercial bread slicer. You're definitely not going to sharpen this blade like a regular knife. I have used it on breads, vegetables, and meats.
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18 1/2 & 22 1/2" WSM
22 1/2" OTS
26 3/4" OTG

Post Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:05 pm
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http://www.appalachianbowsaw.com

Blades are available on amazon as well
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Post Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:52 pm
Cactus1 well done
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Location: Indian Head Park, IL.
Guess Mr. Linn did not have a web site when I bought my knife. Did some looking this morning and here is the link to the one I have -
www.appalachianbowsaw.com
Noticed on his site that he makes no reference to slicing meats but part of the demo that he had set up included meats - think he had a piece of ham and a salami to slice. I have used mine as a meat slicer and it works great.
* IHP Cactus Farm & Sauce Shack *
18 1/2 & 22 1/2" WSM
22 1/2" OTS
26 3/4" OTG

Post Fri Oct 18, 2013 3:48 pm
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Those knives look pretty neat and at $20 or so aren't priced out of this world. One might be a handy addition!

Post Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:40 pm
Cactus1 well done
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Location: Indian Head Park, IL.
I bought 3 when I got mine and gave one to my sister and brother. Always kind of wished that I had another one and now that we've been talking about it and I found he has a web site, I just might order one or two more.
* IHP Cactus Farm & Sauce Shack *
18 1/2 & 22 1/2" WSM
22 1/2" OTS
26 3/4" OTG

Post Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:54 pm
bbquy well done
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Location: Ct
Hi Cactus1,
I noticed that you have a 22 1/2" OTS
26 3/4" OTG.
I'm not familiar with this name or what the letters mean. What does it stand for? Just curious.
currently: Jenn-Air 48,000 btu gasser, CG-Outlaw w/sfb, (2)Weber 22" Performer Gold, Weber Q

Post Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:40 am
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Location: Damascus, Maryland
OTS = One Touch Silver
OTG = One Touch Gold

I'm waiting for the 26.5" Performer!!!! 8) 8)
Weber Summit E-470
Weber 22" MasterTouch
New Braunfels Hondo offset
Bar-B-Chef offset
Weber Jumbo Joe
Weber Q-220

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