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    Slicer Recommendations?


    I am looking for a nice slicer or carving set and was hoping for some recommendations. My max budget is somewhere around $500.

    Any thoughts?

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    More info: I plan to break the knife out when serving but am not planning on doing any prep work with it.

    I don't know where to start so I've been looking at some of the larger brands.

    Knives I've seen and thought looked good include:

    Zwilling Bob Kramer Carbon Steel

    Zwilling Bob Kramer Damascus

    Shun Classic Carving Set

    Shun Premier Carving set

    Sabatier Elephant Carbon steel carving set.

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    Von blewitt's Avatar
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    Would you like the fork to match? If so that will limit you somewhat

    An option would be to find a Wa-sujihiki that you like, then find a fork to compliment it and have Mike Henry give it the full treatment here is a Shigefusa suji & matching fork he did.
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    I suppose I would like a matching fork, but it would not be a dealbreaker. I guess my main problem is finding a good knife. I didn't even think of that as an option to buy a blade and knife separately and have the handles altered to make them match... thats an interesting possibility.

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    Senior Member ThEoRy's Avatar
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    Want a good knife? Don't buy a shun. Much better choices for the price. Just get a 270mm Sujihiki and the tojiro carving fork.
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    A Japanese slicing knife is called a sujihiki. Typically thinner, harder than European slicer. Good to excellent examples can be found at Japanese Knife Imports, Korin and Epicurean Edge - all are retailers that support this site.

    There is a "new knife questionnaire" at the top of this subforum that will prompt you to answer questions such as stainless or carbon?, length desired? handle type? and more that will lead to suggestions tailored to your requirements. It also will prompt you to consider how you will keep the knife sharp.

    Unless you know otherwise suggest you opt for stainless vice carbon. Stainless is easy. Carbon you should be wiping, cleaning, drying while your guests are eating.

    270mm (approx 10 inch) is good length for an all around slicer. Will do roasts, the turkey, briskets. 240mm is shorter - tenderloins, portion fish filets. Serviceable but not ideal for other tasks.

    Handle type is a matter of preference. But Wa (Japanese) are better.

    Of knives you listed I have no experience with the Zwilling Kramer but they're well spoken of. I've used both examples of the Shun, not bad slicers, handles not bad, they are pricey. Shun does offer a sharpening service that may work for you. I've not used the Sab slicer but have used other Sabs. Prob the best bet for a carving "set" of those listed. EE has a line of Sabs (I don't think they are the Elephant).

    Suggest you look beyond your list and consider a 270 stainless suji in the $150-$300 range from one of retailers above. I like the Suisin (western) Inox and Gesshin Ginga. A fork from any of the European knives can be had for less than $100. Sab, Henckel, Wusthof. Buy what you like. Consider a stone(s) to keep the knife (and you do have other knives?) sharp.
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    Senior Member ChiliPepper's Avatar
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    Only thing I feel like saying is: if aestetics are not a priority, choose your pieces individually, don't go for the matching set.

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    Senior Member cheflarge's Avatar
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    Don't forget to check out the KKF vendors, they all make incredible slicers! A few of my favorites: HHH, Davis, Ingoglia. I know all three of these guy's and after over thirty five years of professional cooking, I can easily tell you their knives are simply the best I have ever held, period. Good Luck.

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    I appreciate all of your help.

    I have done some reading on carbon vs stainless and while I have no carbon steel knives I would be interested to give it a try if there is a benefit. Would a slicer like this be a good first knife?

    I'm not really familiar with buying custom knives. How would I go about getting a set rehandled? how would I get a custom knife from one of those KKF vendors you listed?

    I filled out the knife form below as well.

    Thanks again for all your help, clearly I'm quite a noob with all this.

    What country are you in? USA

    What type of knife are you interested in (e.g., chef’s knife, SLICER, boning knife, utility knife, bread knife, paring knife, cleaver)?

    Are you right or left handed? RIGHT

    Are you interested in a Western handle (e.g., classic Wusthof handle) or Japanese handle? I AM NOT CERTAIN OF THE BENEFITS OF EITHER, I HAVE FAIRLY LARGE SHORT FINGERS. I have a couple wusthoff, a couple shuns, a global and a victorinox set and i like them all

    What length of knife (blade) are you interested in (in inches or millimeters)? 9-10 inches


    What is your absolute maximum budget for your knife? $600

    Do you primarily intend to use this knife at home or a professional environment? HOME

    What are the main tasks you primarily intend to use the knife for (e.g., slicing vegetables, chopping vegetables, mincing vegetables, slicing meats, cutting down poultry, breaking poultry bones, filleting fish, trimming meats, etc.)? (Please identify as many tasks as you would like.) SLICING MEATS

    What knife, if any, are you replacing? Victorinox slicer (I'm looking for a real step up)

    What improvements do you want from your current knife? If you are not replacing a knife, please identify as many characteristics identified below in parentheses that you would like this knife to have.) Better slicing, pointed blade, better aesthetics (of both blade and handle), better edge retention

    Better aesthetics (e.g., a certain type of finish; layered/Damascus or other pattern of steel; different handle color/pattern/shape/wood; better scratch resistance; better stain resistance)?

    Edge Retention (i.e., length of time you want the edge to last without sharpening)?

    Do you use a bamboo, wood, rubber, or synthetic cutting board? (Yes or no.) I have both wood and synthetic cutting boards

    Do you sharpen your own knives? (Yes or no.) no, I typically use them until they have dulled (honing in between) then bring them in for sharpening

    If not, are you interested in learning how to sharpen your knives? (Yes or no.) not at the moment.... hopefully at some point

    Are you interested in purchasing sharpening products for your knives? (Yes or no.) no

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    Ok, I understand that a Yanaigba is a single bevel knife and a Suji is a double bevel they are both good for slicing but the suji is more all around did I get that right?

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