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Anyone ever break a kitchen knife?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by ExxoticOne, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. ExxoticOne

    ExxoticOne

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    I'm grilling up some pork Hawaiian-style this afternoon. I go into my backyard with one of my Henckels kitchen knives and attempt to hack off a banana leaf (to wrap the pork and rice in) and the knife breaks. I've hacked through bone with these knives and all it took was a banana leaf to do this?
     
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    Hef Stop Obammunism

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    I've snapped the tip off of expensive chef's knives before. It happens. That's why you keep a lot of knives.
     

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    FullClip NRA Benefactor CLM

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    Man...Henckels are top dollar units! Hard to belive that whacking a leaf (or even a pressure treated 2X4 would break the blade.

    Maybe you should have gone for the very best in kitchen cutlery!

    Somethin' like ..... http://www.genuineginsu.com/

    :supergrin:

    Can cut through tin cans and still slice a tomato paper thin!:rofl:
     
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    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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    No, broke a sword though! Cold Steel Basket Hilt, broke while cutting a milk jug, right at the tang. A ~30" blade flying through the air is NOT what you want to see!
     
  5. Kevin108

    Kevin108 THIS IS IN ALL CAPS

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    Sometimes you get it to vibrate just right, it seems. I watched a guy at work drop a 1/2" drill bit about 12" from the ground on to concrete, where it broke in two.
     
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    EO, You are an Amazon Woman.
     
  7. ExxoticOne

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    I said it was kitchen knife not a machete :rofl:
     
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    bocephus549 Bo Knows.......

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    Should have used a machete.
     
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    i would hope the company would replace a knife like that,

    i just use the cheap walmart knives , but i keep them sharp,

    and they work fine at the moment
     
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    BEER bad example

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    I believe Henckels has moved some production to China.
     
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    That is amazing to break one like that in the middle of the blade.
     
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    That used to be a mighty fine knife.

    I chipped a Cutco chef's knife once, about 20 years ago. I was cutting a rogue branch off of a Christmas tree. The knife still serves me well, even with the chip in the blade. I just wrote it off as using the wrong tool for the job.
     
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    Maybe the big chopping motion introduced forces that the blade was not designed to take. (I just read what I wrote. Duh, of course it did; the knife broke.)

    I have Henkles Four Stars and go to a cleaver for chopping; the blade of my chef's knife, while strong, seems pretty thin to be chopping with.
     
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    I thought the same thing. I'm sending it back to Henckels in Hawthorne, NY to see what the deal is.
     
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    I'll give you some useable junkers if you need replacements. Cutlery I'm long on.

    And there's a reason to buy knives one at a time.. and for buying the hard to maintain non-stainless high carbon steel.

    It can also chip, but with a convexed edge isn't likely.. much less crack in two.

    A proper french knife, a boning knife, a medium long slicer and a bread knife, a short utility knife and a paring knife. That's 98% of what a home cook needs. A good combo whetstone fits in there, or a pair. Medium grit and fine grit (1000, 4000) will keep them in using condition. Finer than that is personal choice, doesn't save time.

    Strongly recommend you review non stainless knife steel, and buy knives that fit your preferences.. but buy them individually, strictly on ergonomics, once you've chosen the steel. And own proper sharpening stones, not some sharpening gadget.

    Worth drooling on, even though the website is being re-done atm.

    http://www.dlttrading.com/cuaim.html

    I wouldn't buy it but the ergos are right. Custom won't fit any better.
    It takes weeks to sort out a kitchen set, even with money to burn. On a budget, it can take ages, but a fun treasure hunt.
     
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    Wow! You use Henckels knives? Are you like a professional chef or something?
     
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    I hate to sound like a *girl* but "Waaaaahhhh it was only a banana leaf!"
     
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    No "gadget" for me. I have some great ceramic knives too. Agree that the ergonomic issue is a major factor.
     
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    Oh...I'm something :rofl: