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    I need advice for a good kitchen knife and butcher block set for my wife.

    I am looking for a good kitchen knife and butcher block set. It will be a Christmas gift for my wife. We do not have a good set now. I would like this to be the last ones we buy. Of course we can't break the bank. Something under 300 bucks. Is this possible or am I dreaming? Like everything else quality is important.

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    Smokey Mountain Knife Works has a set of Henkels (sp?) twins Pro S professional knives with a block on sale for $199.00 through Christmas. You won't find a knife set of better quality anywhere, and the price is RIGHT! They do mail order and they ship.

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    You sir, are a brave man. Giving a woman kitchen knives for Christmas.
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    Henckels...the professional grade...absolutely nothing like them...have a full set that is over 30 years old...sharpen like a fine razor and last and last and last...no dishwasher for the handles however...be like putting a fine revolver with high quality grips in the dishwasher. If you buy Hendkels you will never buy another knife.

    a link to one vendor...should be someone local to you or Amazon, etc.

    http://www.knifecenter.com/brand/186...-J.A.-Henckels

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    The knives are not the only gift. I have a strand of green/black pearls as well. She has put up with a set of knives that were not cared for by my ex. Never complained. She is simply fantastic. She will care for these knives. And they will make life a bit easier.

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    Handles.... Wood or zytel? I am not sure what zytel is.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyer1 View Post
    Handles.... Wood or zytel? I am not sure what zytel is.

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    The set of Henckels 5 star I bought years ago have wood handles (black) with 3 rivets in them....I wash them by hand and dry them...blades and handles look like new....You may not be able to find any of the 5 star around these days...they were killer expensive and mostly for the professional market (and obsessive cooks like me)..the 4 star are wonderful knives and make a great addition to any kitchen..you can pick and choose something like 6 or 7 knives and fit them to a ready made block. Again, with the wood handles I'd not figure them for the dishwasher but any quality knife will suffer from the dishwashing and become dull...Lots of info and reviews on Google and Duckduckago for Henckels.

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    I am looking at the twin pro s with zytelhandles for 199.99. It is 7 pieces. Good choice? Or would you recommend a different one?

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    Last edited by Artful; 11-23-2013 at 11:43 PM.
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    We purchased a small set of Wustof Classic (German I think) at Bed, Bath, & Beyond. The wife is VERY happy with them. Exceptional quality.
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    Wow, ya,ll are great. I thought this was going to be easy. This is going to take a bit longer than I figured. Please, keep the ideas flowing.

    Thanks very much.

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    My Forschner set is pushing 15 years old, 10 years it spent riding around all summer to BBQ catering events. Sharpen about once a year otherwise just steel it.

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    The best quality for the money that I have found is Cutco knives.
    Made in the USA, lifetime warranty, and very very well made. I used to make knives, and I'm a pretty demanding customer, but I can tell you that Cutco get's the MBT stamp of approval.
    I have the big chefs knife, a carving knife, some paring knives, and a spatula. All are absolutely superb.
    The chefs knife is my very favorite. If your wife doesn't feel like sharpening them, then she can send them back to be sharpened for free.
    Personally, I have a very nice 18" steel and the Cutco's take to that like a duck takes to water. They are easy to sharpen, but hold that edge like gambler holds a bad deal of cards!

    I've used most of the top brands, but Cutco is the best for the money. If you want to save a little on cost, buy a used set on ebay and send them back to be sharpened. My mom has made many a christmas gift of resharpened Cutco knives over the years since I told her about them, and she has acquired a pretty impressive collection herself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyer1 View Post
    I am looking at the twin pro s with zytelhandles for 199.99. It is 7 pieces. Good choice? Or would you recommend a different one?

    Sounds like the set I bought for my wife a 7+ years ago. Still work great. I bought one of the motorized sharpeners for the fancy kitchen knifes and it returns them to the original sharpness in no time. You can get that for her later, but don't expect her to appreciatethe sharpener as much as the knives!

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodsteel View Post
    The best quality for the money that I have found is Cutco knives.
    Made in the USA, lifetime warranty, and very very well made. I used to make knives, and I'm a pretty demanding customer, but I can tell you that Cutco get's the MBT stamp of approval.
    I have the big chefs knife, a carving knife, some paring knives, and a spatula. All are absolutely superb.
    The chefs knife is my very favorite. If your wife doesn't feel like sharpening them, then she can send them back to be sharpened for free.
    Personally, I have a very nice 18" steel and the Cutco's take to that like a duck takes to water. They are easy to sharpen, but hold that edge like gambler holds a bad deal of cards!

    I've used most of the top brands, but Cutco is the best for the money. If you want to save a little on cost, buy a used set on ebay and send them back to be sharpened. My mom has made many a christmas gift of resharpened Cutco knives over the years since I told her about them, and she has acquired a pretty impressive collection herself.
    Can't believe it took so long for CutCo to pop up!

    Must be the sleeper. They have my vote.

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    Mom has a set of Cutco knives and kitchen utensils that she bought about 1960 or 61. I haven't found anything I like better, so one of these years I will buy a set for myself (my brother has already spoken for these).

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    Thanks folks. I have never heard of these brands. I think I will need to have my wife try the different brands to see what she likes best. I am doing the research that Artful provided. That was extremely helpful. I had no idea that this info could be found on line. Just never occurred to me to look for it. We are going to Bed,Bath and beyond today. We will look and handle some different brands. Cutco might be difficult to find locally. Getting a good set of knives, I am finding, is like finding a good set of molds. I will keep you posted. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyer1 View Post
    I am looking for a good kitchen knife and butcher block set. It will be a Christmas gift for my wife. We do not have a good set now. I would like this to be the last ones we buy. Of course we can't break the bank. Something under 300 bucks. Is this possible or am I dreaming? Like everything else quality is important.
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    I could not begin to advise you on knives...but a local to me custom woodshop makes beautiful cutting blocks with different woods - glued/laminated together than polished up for $20 each..
    No , I did not read that in a manual or stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.... it's just the facts Ma'am.

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