Discussion in 'The Kitchen Knife' started by Jeffrey Kramb, Nov 4, 2019.
Again, like heroin
I just like cutting tools. I have several hundred dollars worth of EDC blades, as well. Mostly spydercos, and the latest a benchmade bugout. I've also got a knee mill and metal lathe at work. I've ground my own cutting tools for the lathe in the past. So expensive chef's knives are just one reflection of that obsession.
About that... I was gonna ask if I could borrow a couple to try and compare... for research
ive yet to discover a synth better than my aizu..
Yea, I probably bought the wrong aizu. But don't burst my financially advantageous bubble, damn it!
Eh--some people love 'em and some don't. What I do know is that my harder Aizu and my KS seem to be in love.
If the first one were free, Maxim could retire
I just have a collector mentality ... dont know why - Does anybody know why ... Why is it so predominately men on the forum?
I'm knife head because i believe its one of the easiest things you can collect that you can actually use regularly.
Im 28 --- I'm collecting for long haul --- but comparing to others i know -----
My cousin will blow 1-5k on his muscle car
his wife will blow 1-5k buying purses
my wife will drop 1k easy buying yoga classes, facials, and manicures (which in encourage ... see below)
My good buddy will spend 5k a year on golf outings, clubs, , blah, blah ....
I think I have the best hobby.
In 30 years:
My cousin will still have a shitter "muscle car"
his wife will have ****** vintage bags
my wife will be flexible & hot (I'm happy about that)
My good buddy will have a lot of good golf days out with vintage clubs nobody wants anymore.
I will have the best knives made by a bunch of dead master smiths
As a former salesman, looking at the amortization of a purchase is a favorite way to rationalize stuff. Even better is when you factor in the alternative, like eating out. Looking at it that way, my espresso machine and grinder has been making me money (vs daily Starbucks) for about 7 years. My knife purchases should make me money considerably sooner.
Hell, you're just getting started!
I like the cut of your jib.
That's a good point, especially when both partners in a relationship enjoy cooking. My wife and I don't eat out very often because we enjoy cooking so many things at home.
On the other hand... the only real investment that appreciates in value as part of a home cooking hobby is the kitchen itself, as part of the house when you sell it. Our kitchen build was done years ago, but it's still holding up well. I've never understood people who throw a lot of money into a kitchen remodel just before they sell the house, so they don't have years to enjoy it.
Man after my own heart. Can't remember last time I bought a coffee at Starsux or anywhere else for that matter. I invested heavily in my coffee setup but the daily rewards easily offset the outlay and those $5-10/day saved soon add up. Same goes for breadmaking.
Home breadmaking can be cost-effective, but it's a potential rabbit hole like every hobby where you can find ways to spend money and eliminate any savings. I got into baking rye bread a while ago, which for some recipes means mail-ordering flour types I can't get at the local supermarket or organic co-op. Specialty flour isn't that expensive, but it's heavy and the shipping is expensive.
And then, the associated gear: digital scale, ceramic rising bowls, pizza stone, the dough kneading machine if you want something other than a Kitchen-Aid mixer hook. It can add up, although I guess that stuff is all "paid down" over time with savings over buying bread at the store. It's the specialty flour that's a continuing cost factor.
Dough kneading machine?!? What, no guns?
Surprisingly, there’s not a single youtube video related to “kneading dough with guns”.
I like knives.
I just use a breadmaking machine. Mix the 4 ingredients and the jobs a goodun. Simples
Total hobbyist here. My only "professional" experience was busboy/host at a restaurant in high school. That being said, it was what opened my eyes to cuisine and started me on the road.
Well, we can fix that easily enough.....
I believe that comment might have referred to the vernacular for "biceps." The conventional way to knead dough, 'ya know.
And yeah, I got guns... years of kayaking will do that for 'ya. But a dough kneading machine lets me clean up all the prep bowls while that's happening. It also suits the scientist in me who is looking for consistency and repeatability with a formula. Bread making can be a "folk" pursuit done by instinct that makes terrific bread, or you can take the nerd approach. I'm a nerd at heart. I like getting consistent results with a dedicated kneading machine (not a Kitchen-Aid).
I just use my hands.
I cant use my hands so i use silicone dough bags from amazon and use my feet. Bonus dough can rise in the bag.
My giant Aoto would beg to differ
Me too. My Aizu is not what I was hoping to be when buying...
I am a knife freak
But still your cousin will enjoy his muscle car much more than every knife ever made! I know this is knife forum but this is just the fact!
Nothing compares to speed not even knives!
recently someone hit the side of my car, i almost cried. when my heiji was chipped to hell, it didnt affect me one bit, just fixed it and moved on..
giant aoto is a synthetic? i once had an amazing natural blue aoto that was nearly as good as my aizu.
nope, 100% natural and possibly the finest aoto i've handled so far, crushes my aizu by virtue of it being easier to work and finishes more aggressively. don't get me wrong, i love my aizu, but the aoto is just another level.
edit - ok nevermind wasn't reading carefully, thought you were referring to nats
Is that because one you can fix easily yourself and one you can't and is more expensive?
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