Quality German made knives
Hello everyone, I'm currently living in Germany and in these few years I've discovered by chance a small but super sharp fruit knife from Solingen (I think the brand was from Rör). I was so amazed...
I'm currently living in Germany and in these few years I've discovered by chance a small but super sharp fruit knife from Solingen (I think the brand was from Rör). I was so amazed by the sharpness that now I want to buy a chef's knife for myself (budget: up to 60 or 70) and a knife for my dad (budget: up to 30 or 40) as a Christmas gift.
I've already searched the web for great German knife brands, and it seems these are the ones:
- Burgvogel (a.k.a. in the US as Messermeister)
- Friedr. Dick
- Herder Windmühlen
If someone is looking into this post looking for a budget (but still good) German knife brand, it seems that Rör is that brand.
But since, I’m looking for advice with this post, I’m no expert on the topic, if there are bad knife makers on this list or great knife makers missing, please tell me, and I'll remove/add them from/to my post. :)
The knives list below are all that fit the budget I've mentioned. Hohenmoorer and Windmühlen (and this brand only has wooden handles, which I don't like), are just too expensive, so only Friedr. Dick and Wüsthof are left inside my budget, but I could include two more expensive ones from Burgvogel and Friedr. Dick, if it is really, really worth it.
Bonus (around €80, if they are really worth the extra effort):
For my Dad:
- Would you recommend a 20, 21 or a 23 cm blade size? Some knives have different variations of these blade sizes.
- Should I care about the material of the knife? I saw someone saying that it should be made of carbon steel (I think?).
- Should I already buy a knife sharpener from one of the brands above?
- Should I buy one of those knife guard/protector/sleeve to store it on a drawer or something like that?
That is all, and I want to say thank you in advance for all the replies 🙂
EDIT: I already bought a knife! Thank you so much for all the help! I've bought the Burgvogel Comfort Line 21 cm, I got a nice discount and bought for €58! I don't know how did I miss it but, Burgvogel has the Comfort Line and Series 4000 which are cheaper and also nice quality, just in case, someone in the future wants more options when looking into a new knife. :) My Dad will have a ProDynamic after reading good things about the quality of the cheaper F. Dick knife series.17 votes
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Kitchen knives are frequently used to stab people. This results in serious injury or often death. Most stabbing murders are perpetrated with kitchen knives, reflecting the huge numbers of knives available (most homes have one), and where most murders happen (in the home). (I'm talking about UK here).
Kitchen knives have a cutting edge and usually a sharp piercing point. There's nothing that can be done to make the cutting edge safer. But we can look at the pointy tip.
Pointy tips are useful, but we tend to find that only professional chefs or experienced home cooks use them. Most people cooking at home don't use or need such a pointy tip.
There are some companies releasing knives without the pointy tip, and I'm interested to know what you think.
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