For years I used our good kitchen knives for fixing outdoor food, outdoors. Not a good event should a knife fall to the ground or loose an edge slicing into a steak on the grill and encountering a grill grate. But a good set of knives is important. And they need not be expensive. Old Hickory to the rescue. Made in America. Very good quality. Bought a set a couple of years back and really like them. From prep to serving, this kit covers it all. A good set at a very reasonable price. Keeping the wood handles in good shape, besides animal fat from use, a little mineral oil. And above all, hand wash and hand dry. Easy to keep sharp.
Arrrggg. I have an Old Hickory chefs knife of about a 10 inch blade which I dearly love but they stopped making it about 4 years ago. I’d pay a premium to get another one. Carbon steel which may be one reason they quit because it discolors but that doesn’t bother me.
When I started looking to buy another, I saw that lots of other people were looking as well and I am surprised that Old Hickory doesn’t have a chefs knife in their product line.
They are great knives. Try looking at Lehman's. It is an Amish store. Lots of great stuff.
I bought a couple of these for the lake, got them at Sam's Club cheap.
Not cheap, but I've had my Henckels Pro S knives for over 30 years and they are just as good as new. Never in the dishwasher. Just feel great in the hand and are easy to keep sharp. But I also love my Cutco extendable fillet knife.
Until I purchased the Old Hickory, I was using our decades old Chicago Cutlery knives, purchased long before production moved off shore. Not good to nick the blade on a great knife. Thus, the OH. Not that they are 'cheap' but just inexpensive and rather nice.
For $30 the Wusthof PRO 4864-7 is my go to knife. (6" curved boning knife)
They have CHEF versions too but I haven't tried them.
I like a good sharp knife; been using a Chef's Choice sharpener since they first came out. Here is a link to comparison charts on their sharpeners. So many to choose from:
I’ve got the Chef Choice 130 model and have been very happy with it.
I managed (probably through incompetence) to ruin a couple of good kitchen knives using an electric sharpener. Took too much steel off just in front of the bolster. Since then I've been using a Chantry manual sharpener that works like magic on all my knives, including my 2 inch pocket knife. Unfortunately I understand that a new company took over making the Chantry sharpeners, and they are way down in quality. I always liked that the original Chantry, made in England, was on display in the NY Museum of Modern Art.
It is not difficult to ruin a good blade. Been there, done that.
I had such knives, good ones, I used them for a long time
Besides Old Hickory, RADA is another decent knife for all around use. Pretty inexpensive. Made in USA.
We have a couple of the Vic's in our kitchen but I still go to our Chicago Cutlery for our indoors work. If I have to do outside cooking and cutting, Old Hickory.
By the way Bill, I visited your very informative site. Thanks.