Thank you! I will look into the K08 Santoku!
Wow ok many knives to consider thank you! I have nothing decent so I’m excited to look into these. I do a lot of veggies prep as well as slicing (mostly) chicken breasts and some beef flanks etc... Hubby loves Cuban chicken and I just don’t have a good knife to butterfly the chicken breasts.carrot wrote: ↑Mon Aug 31, 2020 12:52 pmThe serrated K04 Utility 6.5" is loads of fun in the kitchen, particularly if you already have a chef's knife you are happy with.
A bit more traditional and all-rounder is probably the K08 Santoku which I have no practical experience with. I have used many a santoku though, and like them for their versatility. A santoku is my camp kitchen knife.
If budget allows, the new(ish) Murray Carter stuff is awesome. I handled them at SFO recently and really liked them. They're all patterned after similar categories of Japanese-style kitchen knives, so the model would really depend on how you like to work in the kitchen. The Itamae line have much better steel (CLADDED SUPER BLUE!) and more beautiful handles, while the Wakiita are high performance with less "flair." CTS-BD1N should be excellent in the kitchen.
I think the Gyuto is the default "best" choice if you only buy one, however not everybody likes to wield a 10" blade. If you do a lot of vegetable prep the Nakiri is a speedy chopper. The Bunka is a short-bladed all-rounder like the Santoku, but with a better tip, a good alternative to the Gyuto if you need to work in tighter spaces. The Funayaki might fit a similar role, but with more focus on meat/fish prep and less focus on vegetables and chopping.
The world of kitchen knives is vast. Choosing to stay Spyderco-only may save you money in the long run, and there's no stinkers in the lineup.
You want fun slicing and dicing.Blackpearl wrote: ↑Mon Aug 31, 2020 12:10 pmGood morning all!
Now that I got a few Spyderco folders on the way to try I was wondering if you all could recommend some kitchen knives? I cook a lot but I never looked into a good knife before. I think a sharp capable knife could make slicing and dicing fun again. Maybe. Lol
Yeah I missed the boat on those. It was discontinued right around the time I was last in market for a kitchen knife. I was looking for a kitchen knife to use on the road (I travel a lot with work and like to cook). I did not realize this until I decided to buy one and they were all gone.
Hi David, we all have our demons. So long as you change your ways and buy ALL the knives, we will allow you to remain in the program.
This right there is the main reason I've yet to invest in serious kitchen knives. Enduring a life with sub par kitchen knives is the lesser evil compared to watching good innocent knives being mistreated on a regular basis.
*Landon*sal wrote: .... even today, we design a knife from the edge out!
Wow! Thank you so much! The photos really helped. You gave me a lot of options. I will probably start with a big knife and a small knife then add more. Now I will need to decide which two to get first.xceptnl wrote: ↑Tue Sep 01, 2020 7:23 amWelcome to the forum Blackpearl. I've been happily using Spyderco's kitchen knives for over 5 years now. My first was the the K08 Santorum and it still remains my most used on the cutting board. I also purchased the K05 (4.5") in serrated as well as plain edge. These two are my wife's favorites. She is no nonsense in the kitchen and more times than not I catch her using these knives on the granite rather than the numerous cutting boards we own. She liked the knives so much I purchased us a set of the serrated and plain edge K04 (6.5"). These 5 as well as the discontinued K-- fillet knife and my C17 Catchermans makeup the entirety of our current culinary toolbox.
Many say the K08 lacks the versatility of a traditional chef knife, and the belly does take some getting used to, but the thin stock and forgiving steel make it easy to maintain at optimal sharpness. I would like it better with a fine point, but that's what the K05 utility knives thrive at doing.
I wish I had the budget to pick up one of the Murray Carter series in Superblue, but I may have to settle for the CTS-BD1N versions instead. Also provided gratuitous use photos for your viewing pleasure.