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    Any good knives for under $50

    I want to get a decent knife as a Pollyanna gift for a coworker. I understand that even $200 is really still entry level to getting a decent knife so I don't expect anything remarkable. Are there any cheaper knives that are forged and will hold an edge for a long time?

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    What kind of knife are you looking for? I am assuming you are looking for a chef knife/gyuto. Do you mind if it is carbon steel? My friend has a Tosa Funayuki that he likes a good bit, but it will rust if you don't take care of it. Also it won't hold an edge for a super long time but does get very sharp.
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    Welcome to the forums.

    First, abandon the idea that "forged" = "better". It's nothing more than marketing hype, and has no basis in fact.

    Second, all knives will get dull and require sharpening. The point at which it needs to be sharpened depends not only on the knife, but on the perceptions of the person using it. Some of the members here would consider a knife "dull" that other people would consider sharp. I would strongly suggest that you get a combination stone and include it with the knife for your co-worker.

    Now, as to an under $50 knife as a gift, a Forschner/Victorinox is probably your best bet. Add a 1k/6k King combo stone and you're set.

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    Oh sorry that would be good info to include, I think either a chef knife or even santuko, basically and all around daily use knife. Sharpness is important but keeping an edge long i think is most important and low maintenance.

    She cooks daily and really has crap knifes. I told her to bring her knifes in to the office so i could take them home and sharpen them, and they were the usually budget knifes that come in a block. Most were bent and had wobbly handles from them being stamped bottom of the barrel knives.

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    As mentioned a 8" Fibrox handle Victorinox is better than what she has, the wood handle costs more,still in your price range.As long as you sharpen it for her every now & then.

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    I would bet a victorinox 8" chefs would be shockingly sharp to her if she is coming from those type of knives. My brother got me one last Christmas to replace my Chicago cutlery set and it was truly an eye opener. Most normal people will never need anything better. For a crazy person like me it started an obsession, and hundreds of dollars later I am still on the hunt for my next. Go victo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucabrasi View Post
    I would bet a victorinox 8" chefs would be shockingly sharp to her if she is coming from those type of knives. My brother got me one last Christmas to replace my Chicago cutlery set and it was truly an eye opener. Most normal people will never need anything better. For a crazy person like me it started an obsession, and hundreds of dollars later I am still on the hunt for my next. Go victo.

    This is what happened to me to, I had a hodgepodge going of junk then got the global g2 and now have around $1000K in cutlery. Once i got the G2 i gave away all my other knifes except for like a bread slicer. Literally one good knife is better then a bunch of junk.

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    I don't want to add them up. Someday I'll have spent like 20k on knives and stones and I'll still describe it as "hundreds."

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    Are these the Victorinox knifes that were talking about?

    http://www.victorinox.com/us/product...-s-Knife/47520

    http://www.victorinox.com/us/product...-Santoku/47529

    In everyone's opinion which is the better choice for all round best kitchen knife.

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    The first is the one they are recommending. The chefs knife is more versatile than a santoku

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