I happened upon this article last week. It claims that “a great knife costs no more than a food processor,” and features the five best knives the authors could find, ranging from $165 to $395.
Two things. One, my food processor isn’t the best, but it does the job and cost less than $40. Now I’m curious about these $400 food processors. Am I missing something?
And two, do you know how many good knives I could buy for $165? Eleven years ago, my uncle and aunt gave me the most amazingly awesome graduation present: a set of knives from a restaurant supply store. I was just about to move into my first apartment, and left to my own devices I probably would have gone knife shopping at the Salvation Army. So awesome!
Would I like to own a fancy knife? I wouldn’t mind. But my white plastic handled knife has never disappointed me. It’s super sharp (I keep it that way with the steel that came with the set) and I use it every day. On its own, it costs about $27 at a restaurant supply store.
I wish more people knew about restaurant supply knives. It’s a knife. It doesn’t have to look good. Down with cheap crappy knife sets! Function over form!
p.s. On Halloween, I use the pointed serrated knife to carve pumpkins, and the handle gets temporarily stained a pleasing shade of orange. It doesn’t bother me; orange is my favorite color.