Omg this thread is hilarious!!
No. Just don't do any of that. These are terrible and your friends and family will hate you for cursing them with these "knives". Tell ya what, why don't we find you a suitable knife for your needs? You will see the difference immediately and your life will be forever changed for the better.
Starting this harvest I'm a starving startling artist/
Lyrical arsonist it's arduous spitting this smartest arsenic/
Sad thing is I've hung out with Ming a few times and he's a good guy. Our kids played together. No easy way to look someone in the eye when you know, and they know, they shilled for the $$. I guess everyone has their own personal barometer.
The only chefs/cooks I've seen actually use the knives they put their names on or endorse is Ray Ray. I know Ming didn't use that knife in TCM unless it was on an episode I missed.
And why crucify the guy for making a bit of extra dollar. The people who buy these are always going to buy crummy infomercial stuff, and at $20, no real harm, you get 3 months use for them and they really have done their job.
And it takes a special person to get interested in proper good knives, so leave those that just want something that cuts, sort of alone. I have only just started (have 2 guytos) and I constantly get heckled by my wife for "wasting money on knives" or "you already have so many knives" when looking at more.
I believe in leading by example. If you're gonna endorse a product or put your name on it then shouldn't you use it? Or is it only good enough for the common folk?
My husband has expensive hobbies so he doesn't fuss at me for my knives. Honestly, I think he's just glad I'm not buying any more purses at the moment lol. Can't afford both habits
Oh and welcome to KKF!!
First an environmental point - a good entry level guyto that can be used for 20 years is much more environmentally friendly than cheapish crap that will be thrown away and fill some dump. And lets not talk about the knives the bladesmiths here make that probably could last a generation or two. You create pollution when you create stuff and to create cheap stuff is as polluting as expensive one since the BoM is very similar.
There is also obesity epidemic worldwide. Bringing people back into the kitchen is probably one of the lowest hanging fruits out there to fight it - just removing the added sugar and salt from the processed food from the diet could have enormous benefits over the course of an year or two. Making prep work hard or unpleasant will not help that goal. And diabetes is expensive disease - so in a way it goes out of the social systems.
And so on and so on ... selling substandard, unusable stuff hurts the whole economic ecosystem.
if given a choice of 'selling out' with a nice compensation, i'm pretty sure all of you hating on this guy or any other endorser would NOT turn down such an offer. it's the public's own fault if they buy into crappy products just because of marketing. don't hate the players, hate the system.
As for the economic point, I reckon I could find 6 economists that would argue that continually buying cheap stuff is better for the economy where as I could find half a dozen economists that agree with your assertion.
But they are valid points, though I do say the strongest argument should be that if you endorse a product you should stand by and use it for the applications you say you should.
How could MT endorse this kind of quality and pretend its good and durable stuff, whilst it is not? MT is endorsing a lie whilst HB is endorsing stuff which at least has some pro's to it.