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  1. Lucretia

    Preparing for COVID-19

    Seeing lots of articles regarding loss of sense of taste and/or smell: https://www.forbes.com/sites/judystone/2020/03/20/theres-an-unexpected-loss-of-smell-and-taste-in-coronavirus-patients/#2e5dbf435101 Hope you guys are on the mend and feeling better.
  2. Lucretia

    Preparing for COVID-19

    Here in Washington State (about an hour out of Seattle) everything is shutting down. We had our first fatality near us today at our "in network" hospital--a woman in her 50s. If you look at the numbers, the mortality rates have been pretty high in the state, but the numbers have been somewhat...
  3. Lucretia

    Show us your favorite handles

    Some more Westerns to balance things out: Shig with Daniel O'Malley (EE) handle, Rader, Maumasi Dave Martell conversion to Western. The "Hello Kitty" Shig still gives me nightmares.
  4. Lucretia

    Maumasi Smith & Bard monosteel collection

    Home cook and cooking less than I used to since the old man retired, but I love my Maumasi and find it worth every penny. Is it the best knife for every single person? Of course not, no knife is. But for me, it is the single most comfortable knife to use that I own. As I'm getting arthritic...
  5. Lucretia

    Looking to buy matching Santoku and Petty; aesthetics a priority

    If you have access to EE, you might want to check out their "Epicurean" line by Ryusen. They're western handles, but beautiful knives with excellent F&F. If you like them--WAIT. They usually go on a pretty good sale for Cyber Monday, which should get them down into your price range. The down...
  6. Lucretia

    Hattori KD Anyone???$$$

    It's back on ebay. Looks like the seller either had 2 or the sale fell through.
  7. Lucretia

    Hattori KD Anyone???$$$

    I have a petty that gets used pretty regularly. Something about the profile makes it my favorite knife for tomatoes--especially if I'm putting up pounds of them for freezing--it's great for cutting around stems. Plus the micarta handle means that you can get tomato gore all over it while...
  8. Lucretia

    WTS Michale Rader Damascus Slicer

    I have its brother in monosteel, and it's a fantastic knife. Flies through roasts. And isn't half bad at dismembering watermelons.
  9. Lucretia

    Lebron James

    Saw James Worthy, Michael Jordan, and Sam Perkins playing together back when they were at North Carolina. They weren't half bad together.
  10. Lucretia

    Ryusen blazen sg2

    I have a couple Ryusen Epicureans SG2 sold by Epicurean Edge--I call them Blazens in a party dress. I suspect they are similar in behavior. I agree with everything Jon said. I find them very easy to sharpen, and they hold the edge for a long time. They are prone to being chippy if you aren't...
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  12. Lucretia

    WTT Bill Burke 235mm Integral

    Mine is sexier.
  13. Lucretia

    Epicurean Ryusen SG2 165mm Santoku San Mai Damascus

    It's still around. I've been using it occasionally since there weren't any takers.
  14. Lucretia

    Sexual Harassment in the Kitchen/Restaurant world

    Per the EOC: "It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. Harassment does not have...
  15. Lucretia

    Sexual Harassment in the Kitchen/Restaurant world

    It wasn't in the restaurant business, but I remember the exact point in time when I killed my career. I had a boss who was putting together a pitch for funding and was in competition with another group in our division. He told me to go flutter my eyelashes, sweet-talk, "do whatever you need to...
  16. Lucretia

    Kramer essential sale at Sur La Table

    We have 2 of the 5" utilities in our house in carbon--half-way tempted to get one of these, too. Dandy little knives.
  17. Lucretia

    Rubber vs endgrain cutting board any suggestions?

    Another vote for hi soft. Not only is it easy on the edges, it's easy on the hands and wrists. Another nice thing about it is that it is short. I have a Boardsmith edge grain (not end grain) that's thicker, and it's just enough to be a little high for a cutting surface for my short self. The...
  18. Lucretia

    Lists in knives and sharpening gear. - why not list?

    Used to list--then started getting "you aren't a pro you don't deserve those knives" comments. Deleted list and photos. Too many whackos out there.
  19. Lucretia

    Fried Chicken...Need help

    My granny made great fried chicken. Don't remember exactly what she did, but she also cooked at a lower temperature with a lid on for the first part of the fry time. She also turned the chicken fairly often. She soaked the chicken overnight in milk or buttermilk, and for the breading she put...