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    Let her use whatever she wants and she'll either pick some favorites or decide knives aren't her thing. If she gets into them teach her what she needs to know and leave her alone. Cook together and let her make good meals for you and let your anal retentive sh!t will drift away. Everyone's happy.
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    lol!! I got to keep some of my knives Dulled Down for the little lady, she get pissed when one of mine slices through the wash cloth, or she "looses" a hunk-o-nail. I get the "Your knives are too sharp, there is no need to keep them that sharp, whats wrong with you anyway?" So I go out in the shop, and make more sharp things! lol!


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    Any idea about what knife she actually uses the most? My lady has no problems with a Santoku (18cm), but a 19cm gyuto looks "too big" for her (implying it might the the case that she wouldn't even consider some of your larger knives). Now I have a yusuke gyuto (extra hardened Swedish steel) to play with myself though I intended it for her, pretty pleased with it myself

    I regret commenting on her not wiping my bluesteel petty (it rusts extremely fast (EDIT: I see the knife is also in your collection )). In hindsight, I would actually encourage her to use any knife I own (and commenting only gives friction) and I would just live with the consequences (e.g. rust and chips (though I was happy that the edge held up pretty well a week ago when she was powering through some frozen streaky bacon)) and use it to learn what she likes. Observe what she likes and how she uses them, and then get her (not "gift her") a decent knife. My GF likes her knives sharp (took some time / fingercuts to get used to it though) but abuses them, I just started a thread to ask for recommendations for a decent petty and parer

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    My wife knows my knives mean a lot to me so she respects them. She is allowed to and does use every knife in my collection. It is really only a problem when your favorite knife also becomes her favorite knife. Then the batlle for who gets THE knife during dinner prep begins.

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    Or maybe you need to get Edlung KL-994 Locking Knife Cabinet
    http://cdnimg.webstaurantstore.com/n...klc994_xlg.jpg

    It's constructed from heavy duty 14 gauge stainless steel with welded seams, and features a stainless steel piano hinge with tamper-proof screws. This hinge design eliminates any chance of access when closed, and a front view window permits immediate knife inspection.

    Unless she takes a sledgehammer to it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by JanusInTheGarden View Post
    Wait, how do you guys get your sig others to cook? Mine says thats what I'm here for...
    Yup, that's pretty much how it works around here too!

    My wife won't use any of my carbon blades and tends to stay away from the nicer stainless ones too, although she has gotten more interested in knives since we've been together and now has a miyabi gyuto which she happily refers to as her "fancy knife."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marko Tsourkan View Post
    Or maybe you need to get Edlung KL-994 Locking Knife Cabinet
    http://cdnimg.webstaurantstore.com/n...klc994_xlg.jpg

    It's constructed from heavy duty 14 gauge stainless steel with welded seams, and features a stainless steel piano hinge with tamper-proof screws. This hinge design eliminates any chance of access when closed, and a front view window permits immediate knife inspection.

    Unless she takes a sledgehammer to it.

    Wife is saying that I need to baby/kid proof the house and that the magnetIc strip has to go (for now). Maybe I need one of these bad boys? Sure she'll love that in a home kitchen.

    Regarding the topic on hand, the wife gets to try all new knives as soon as the enter the house. Her remark on Marko's practice gyuto while prepping an onion, "wow that's sharp." She still uses the Shun classics as they are stainless and the handles are perfect for her.

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    I have two rules only; knives should be used for food cutting tasks. No screwdriving, steel wire etc. Second is it needs to be asap after use.
    As long as those are abided by, the wife can use anthing. However, she basically only uses a Tanaka santoku and the shun parer.

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    Love my wife but she won't touch my new knife, she's very intimidated and doesn't want to learn correct technique. No biggie, she knows not to use this beauty.

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    I do think there are ways to 'teach' before using too. I have a drawer with two knife racks in it. On one side, are my nice knives and carbon knives. On the other are knives that are still nice but harder to mess up. And just to give you an idea, there is a Shun, two blue AS steel knives from JWW, a carbon petty, and a bunch of Forschners on 'her' side. I'll try find an old picture to accompany this, and the knives may not match how I describe it above.

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