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    Can I get some help with selecting kitchen knives?

    Hello everyone

    I want to buy a kitchen knife set for my mom for her birthday. She's likes watching cooking shows and acting like one of those home chefs on chopped. Her knife set is getting old and probably not the best quality. She's stated before that she wants a big Japanese knife but she's never held one before and I'm not sure she'd like it. I want to stick with a good kitchen set.

    I'm looking for a price range around 300 us dollars. I wouldn't want anything that's too specific, requires any training or getting used to. We're located in the US. She's right handed. The knives would be used for just at home kitchen cooking. I would prefer practicality over aesthetics but if you guys know of any that have both that's an added bonus. What would be your recommendations for this?

    Sorry if this question is too broad and noobish (probably the most sterotypical noob question your guys get on here) but I've never looked into knives before, the threads on here confuse me, and I don't want to just go out and buy a knife set based off amazon reviews.

    Thanks for all responses

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    http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/sh...estionnaire-v2

    This would help us narrow down the choices. Welcome to he forums.
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    Any information about your mother's current knives would be helpful, too.

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    I usually don't reply to these threads since I haven't bought a new knife in quite a long time, and usually spend well above your budget. With that said, two things:

    1. Don't buy a set. Most knives will likely not be used.
    2. Shun is the perfect answer for her needs. Buy an inexpensive bread knife (Fibrox) and a bunch of inexpensive parers she can throw away when they don't get well. Leaves quite a bit to play with, like a slicer for meats and such.
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    This isn't a bad entry level duo either and about the same price of a Shun - http://korin.com/Inox-two-piece-set-...ategory=280117

    + Cheap Bread Knife & Parer as mentioned above and she would be good. Also agree that a Shun wouldn't be a bad option either.

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    +1 on the "don't buy a set"

    Just get her one 210mm gyuto and a 150mm petty. Maybe a parer and a bread knife after but thats it.
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    Until I found this forum I was going to buy a Henckles 4 Star Professional S, 7 piece set for $199. You can find them online. It might be a better choice for an older person at home.

    hope this helps !!!

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    This is really funny. We don't know anything about the OP's mother, but people advise knives they never would buy for themselves, a Shun, a 180mm gyuto, a Henckels set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benuser View Post
    This is really funny. We don't know anything about the OP's mother, but people advise knives they never would buy for themselves, a Shun, a 180mm gyuto, a Henckels set.
    Honestly I was about to pull the trigger on that set after allot of research on them. Then I found this site. I still think its a good basic set at a reasonable price. It all depends on the person as you know. I got bit hard and have purchased numerous knives the past few months. I lean towards the Japanese knives and now I'm learning how to sharpen my older knives because of this site. I doubt his Mother will be sharpening her knives and would be more comfortable with traditional(German) knives. I could be way off here but I highly doubt it. And as we know its all personal preference when it comes to kitchen knives just like it is with cookware.

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    What about Global? I've never used these but If I were getting it for my mom I'd probably go with that because it's something my mom would recognize and it would make her feel "fancy" without being fancy if that makes sense. Not to mention, it's what Giada uses

    Right now at cutlery and more you can get a $25 gift card too for over $250 purchase on global

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