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DutchCook

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I hope to get some advice about a Santoku im about to order. Im sure some people here know if this knife is as good as i hope it is.
If all goes well, im soon the proud owner of this beauty. I know the package is not looking great, but i assure you that Pyrex is a very famous brand in my country. They make good stuff!
So unless anyone has any negative experiences with this type of knife, ill order it soon.
What do yall think?

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Sure they do make good stuff, i.e. baking dishes, but no knives.
Better open a new thread using this questionnaire, and you may get serious advice.
 

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Looks like a pretty generic stamped stainless steel knife. I picked up a wustoff knife like that years ago for $15 USD and hated it. Basically no grind at all and same thickness from spine down all the way down to a high angle edge, gummy stainless steel that can't take or hold a usable edge, etc. What's the price? There are probably a lot of options in that range. I personally think Ikea knives offer great value at this level.
 

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OP are you a troll?
I know its not the most expensive knife with the best steel, but i see it like buying my first car. Practice with a cheaper version, before moving on to the expensive stuff. Not the worlds end if it gets damaged. It will be good to learn pushcutting a bit better, i hope.
Of course i always avoid chinese branded knives. I do have some standards.
 

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Looks like a pretty generic stamped stainless steel knife. I picked up a wustoff knife like that years ago for $15 USD and hated it. Basically no grind at all and same thickness from spine down all the way down to a high angle edge, gummy stainless steel that can't take or hold a usable edge, etc. What's the price? There are probably a lot of options in that range. I personally think Ikea knives offer great value at this level.
Im sure its not an awsome knife. But its really well priced. It might be the cheapest santoku with a western brand that ive seen so far. 7,99.
Its more to discover if the santoku shape works out for me before i commit to a japanese brand.
 

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Sure they do make good stuff, i.e. baking dishes, but no knives.
Better open a new thread using this questionnaire, and you may get serious advice.
Its the first time i see a knive of pyrex, but it made me curious. I hope it will get me familiar with the blade shape. I thought maybe there would be more people that encounteted these.
All the products of pyrex that i already own are great, so i thought why not give it a try
 

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Im sure its not an awsome knife. But its really well priced. It might be the cheapest santoku with a western brand that ive seen so far. 7,99.
Its more to discover if the santoku shape works out for me before i commit to a japanese brand.
Might be hard to learn much from the knife if it doesn't have a usable edge. $7.99 is very cheap but if it's unusable, it's just money wasted.
 

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I’m Dutch too. Better to fill out the questionnaire as benuser suggests.

Agree that spending 8 euro on a knife is a waste if you end up not using it. Chances are that will happen. For that kind of money (around 12 euro usually) I’d rather get a Robert Herder small carbon petty knife and see for yourself what a really thin knife can do.
 

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For roughly $8 look for a Kiwi. Or check out thrift stores?
 

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[QUOTE="DutchCook, post: 746340, member: 46210]
Of course i always avoid chinese branded knives. I do have some standards.
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Dude, I’ve seen better Chinese-branded knives than this. Just because it’s Chinese means it’s sh1t. They make decent quality stuff if you know where to find them.

This looks like the $2 knife I bought from Daiso to be honest. And not a good one.
 

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Maybe it would make more sense to try to score a cheap beater off BST. A few posts more and you will be able to start a WTB thread. Getting an $8 knife will hardly help you to make an informed decision as it will be most likely too far from decently performing knife.
 

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Any chance of your budget allowing something from Victorinox, Zwilling or Wüsthof? More expensive but excellent IMO as a first buy/beater.
 
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