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    Need Knife or Knife Set Recommendation for Mother's Day

    Need Knife Recommendation For My Mother

    I'm looking for a mother's day recommendation for a knife. The thing is, she doesn't really take care of her stuff, no matter what I get her she won't treat it nice. So I'm hesitant about buying her something that's too good, unless it is sure to last.

    Country - United States


    What type of knife? - Maybe a set? Or a single really good one, I could care less.
    Are you left or right handed? - Right handed
    Are you interested in a western handle or Japanese Handle - No preference, she has small hands, and is an asian woman.
    Length - Not sure to be honest, whatever is recommended
    Stainless knife? - If it's more durable
    Absolute maximum budget? - $300? Remember she doesn't take care of her stuff

    Home or Professional - Home
    Main Tasks - slicing, chopping, mincing vegetbles. slicing meat, poultry, trimming meat, cutting fish
    What knife are you replacing - Cheap one
    Do you have any particular grip - No
    Cutting motions - Not sure
    Comfort - Average weight, rest I don't care
    Ease of use - Use right out of box
    Edge Retention - Really really long

    Plastic cutting board
    Do not sharpen, I am interested for fun
    Interested in purchasing sharpening products

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    What knife are you replacing - Cheap one
    I think what the question meant was "What KIND of knife" - a European chef's knife, a "Chinese cleaver", a santoku, a parer ...?

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    Welcome bkim,

    from your description it nearly sounds like knife may not be the best present for your mom (no pun intended).

    For under $300 you can get an excellent single knife or 2-3 good knives. If she does not care too well about her knives - will you at least sharpen it for her from time to time? It does not matter how good and durable knife you will buy her - if it will not be sharpen when needed it will be no better than cheap knife.

    Still - if you go this route it would be helpful for us to know what type of knife does your mum use most from the description of the task would make a wild guess that a shorter gyuto (180 - 210) or a santoku could be a good choice.

    It would also help to know what here preference for the look of the knife is - surely if she will 'like' the knife there is better chance that she will care more for it.

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    Im going to be stoned for this.....

    But for just ease.... go to kitchen window, william sonoma, etc.
    For a woman who 'doesnt take care of things' get her a 2 set of Shun knives with fancy handles- it will make her feel good. They look impressive, and are pretty durable (not for real chefs- but it doesnt sound like that is what she is). I mean.... at this point, your not going to special order a japanese knife set are you?

    Just go to the store and ask. it will make your life easier.

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    Victorinox.

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    I just cannot bring myself to go to Williams Sonoma knowing that I'm getting ripped off for something less than ideal.

    In terms of sharpening, I suppose I could. I do get a bit annoyed though because she would just leave her knife outside (is that even safe)? or take it to use it in the garden if she can't find her snippers. She literally cannot take care of it, and I think after doing that for years she won't change anytime soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timthebeaver View Post
    Victorinox.
    +1

    If she's not going to take care of it, no sense in shelling out the big bucks

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkim View Post
    I just cannot bring myself to go to Williams Sonoma knowing that I'm getting ripped off for something less than ideal.

    In terms of sharpening, I suppose I could. I do get a bit annoyed though because she would just leave her knife outside (is that even safe)? or take it to use it in the garden if she can't find her snippers. She literally cannot take care of it, and I think after doing that for years she won't change anytime soon.
    I can understand your situation. I've often wanted to buy nice gifts for my parents, but I'd sometimes end up buying something that would "be nice for me" rather than something that would "work for them".

    Does your mom really need a new knife? Is she content with what she has? Maybe something different for her? I think it really depends if she's voiced that she needs new knives or this is one of the things you enjoy and are enthousiastic about.

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    While not the typical buy a gyuto first comment I usually make. If it is for your mom buy a Kyocera Santoku. Cuts well, and goes in the dishwasher. She will like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deckhand View Post
    While not the typical buy a gyuto first comment I usually make. If it is for your mom buy a Kyocera Santoku. Cuts well, and goes in the dishwasher. She will like it.
    Not if taken to the garden if you mean the ceramic ones. It won't survive there. I think this needs something like Aritsugu from what I have read from the reviews. Or Busse Battle Mistress.

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