A Few Good Knives

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. 


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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.

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.

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.

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