please pack your knives and go…

..here I go daydreaming about last night’s rerun of Top Chef again…

But really, the last words the judges say when a chef gets the boot, is to pack-up their knives. That’s because a good knife set is crucial & no chef or cook for that matter, would want to leave theirs behind. Now that I have invested in a quality set of my own, I can see the value even for everyday cooking.

Q: What should one look for in a quality knife set?

A: For me personally, I fell for sleek, sexy & sharp.

…and I’m not referring to the perfect date, but rather my Wusthof knife set… the Classic Ikon Creme to be specific. Pure knife perfection. (Well, at least until you almost sever a finger, but that’s why they make sutures…)

Many knives came before, but my Wusthofs are here to stay. I’ve had a set of un-riveted Hoffritz, some Henckel hand-me-downs, random bread knives, but I really wanted something of a more professional grade. I priced, compared and tried over a few months time. I recommend going into the store and asking to hold the different knives. I like a knife to have a more petite handle, with a solid weight, but that is also not bulky… no dicing arthritis for me! I have previously used knives with a one-piece handle, thinking they were the best, but the handles can eventually separate from the tang, and then there becomes a rust issue. The Classic Ikon series by Wusthof offers a full tang, which is a sign of a high quality knife because it lends durability, weight & balance.  The Ikon series is available in classic black, a balsa wood version, and the creme edition (which I couldn’t resist!) I went with an 8 piece set, which included a stunning, dark, walnut wood block with 17 slots, so you can add plenty more to the family. Well,… maybe after payday!

My set included the following:

  • 8 “ Cook’s knife
  • 8” Bread knife
  • 6” Sandwich knife
  • 4.5” Utility knife
  • 3.5” paring knife
  • Kitchen sheers
  • 9” Sharpening steel
  • 4 pc set of the Ikon creme steak knives.  (I added this later, now I just need a new grill…!)
  • 7″ Santoku & a 5″ Serrated Utility (I ordered these online, hopefully en route soon)

 These guys are seriously sharp, as in if you’re not careful with that 8″ bread knife, you’ll end up at  Sharp, Memorial, ER…  Mine are still working like razors over a year later, but probably due for a sharpening soon. My set came with a manual sharpener, but I don’t trust myself with possibly damaging the blades, so I will opt to take them to the pros at Great News in PB. This cooking store, which you’ll hear me reference a lot, offers knife sharpening as a service for a couple of dollars. They also offer cooking classes, and every few months have the Wusthof representative in store, who will sharpen one of your knives & teach you some skills. (I think for safety’s sake I should probably get in on that!)

A high quality knife set is an investment, but a good one. If you take care of them, you’ll be able to use them indefinitely. I’m stocked-up on Band-Aids & excited to add to my Ikon collection!

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