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    Alfred Zanger Knives

    There is a set of these available locally and I have done some minimal research online and it appears that these were pretty decent knives back in their day. Apparently they are from portugal and are no longer available, except from second hand sales. What are peoples thoughts on these?



    minimal information from the listing. They just write the following:

    Excellent quality wood handled knives in very good condition. Includes 6 knives, 9.5 inch chefs,5 inch fileting, 10 inch slicing, 7 inch utility
    Comes with a wooden knife block

    What are peoples thoughts on these, are these worth buying, either to use myself or to resell? I am currently just using a 240 gyuto carbonext. I know they are old but do they have any value? As mentioned, minimal information found online so I thought I would touch base with all the knife brains here

    Thanks in advance

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    44o stainless, so so quality, poor edge retention and not worth more then $20 or $30 for the set. They were marketed as high quality imported knives for the home market. They weren't. like most knives made throughout the 70's and 80's they were mass produced for the home consumer, where most folks didn't even know where Portugal was. It was some exotic locale that must make quality magical knives that cut forever and will kiss your cuts away because, you paid way to much for them. Zanger had them made there because, they were affordable. In the mid 80's he sold his brand and the current owner finished selling most of the old stock around 89. They now sell Polish stoneware and every once in awhile a box or two of the old knives shows up for sale at the store. You do see them once in awhile on ebay.
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    That carbonext will cut circles all day long around those zangers
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    I would take the chef knife off your hands. When I spent some time in Portugal, I brought home the petty sized knife in this line up, and although it's not the best stuff in the world, the knive gets really sharp, and l just like it! The bolster is squared, and not very comfortable, but I have a soft spot for them. In fact, I chose the knife I did over the rest of the knives available, because I liked the overall look and feel of it, despite it being cheap.

    If you don't buy them, lets know where this listing is via pm. Thanks!
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    sorry, may have come off like a dick, that wasn't my intent.
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    Lol no worries. I was not expecting them to be better than my carbonext, but was kinda hoping these were worth some decent amount and i could resell them lol.

    Thx for the input tho

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    I like the looks of the boning knife. I can see that those bolsters could be uncomfortable for a pinch grip.

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    knife good for 25 yrs

    Hi Im definitely not a professional but have had a 20cm Alfred Zanger knife for 25yrs and it cuts pretty well, and looks good. I use it every time I have to cut something for cooking (the only chefs knife Ive owned!)

    Apart from the wood handle becoming grey doesnt show any wear, and has accidentally been through the dishwasher quite a few times.

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    Had a few of these, "back in the day," maybe thirty years or so ago (in fact I believe that I still have a ham slicer). In my humble opinion: crap.... crap profile, crap grind, crap edge retention. Portugese stainless = not good. Totally w/ Son on this one (the whole lot of them would not get a forty dollar offer out of me.)

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    Tom, With all the amazing knives you've handled and have, you're are still able bring a balanced perspective. I knew If it had to do with anything Portuguese, you'd chime in. Does your wife remember using them? I'm pretty sure my Lisbonense grandfather had one of these. of course he coveted it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lefty View Post
    I would take the chef knife off your hands. When I spent some time in Portugal, I brought home the petty sized knife in this line up, and although it's not the best stuff in the world, the knive gets really sharp, and l just like it! The bolster is squared, and not very comfortable, but I have a soft spot for them. In fact, I chose the knife I did over the rest of the knives available, because I liked the overall look and feel of it, despite it being cheap.

    If you don't buy them, lets know where this listing is via pm. Thanks!
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