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Rada Cutlery W234 Cook's Knife with Stainless Steel Resin Handle
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2012
Color Name: SilverVerified Purchase
I'm a knife enthusiast. I read bladeforums and collect knives. I bought this Rada Cutlery Cooks Knife to try it out because it's cheap and made in the USA. I purchased the aluminum handle version.

Construction: This knife has a very thin blade profile and it's very light. I like the blade shape and the length is fine. The blade came highly polished and the handle was smooth all the way around with no rough spots anywhere. It's very easy to grip. The blade is not full tang, but that isn't important for a cooking knife. A full tang adds unnecessary weight and strength for the types of tasks you'll be using the knife for. If you want an outdoors/bushcraft/survival knife then get one with a full tang. Kitchen knives are meant for slicing, dicing, chopping veggies and cutting meat, not batoning wood or building shelter. Overall the construction is very nice.

Sharpness: Out of the box it was ok. It was not sharp by my standards, so I touched it up on my Spyderco Sharpmaker. It sharpened very easily and has held its edge well. I'm not sure what the steel is but it takes a good edge and holds it well. This is a very thin blade so it's not going to hold its sharpness as long as a thicker blade with a more obtuse bevel. Thin blades slice better than thick blades so it's a tradeoff. The blade looks to be hollow ground, which is a nice grind for slicing. The blade maintains the same thickness from the spine until the grind begins. The actual grind begins about 3/5'' from the edge. If you don't know how to sharpen your own knives get a Spyderco Sharpmaker. I put a razor sharp edge on this knife in about 2 minutes and I only touch it up for about 2 minutes every few weeks. For a <$10 knife this one performs great.

Other thoughts: The package says Hand Wash. Knives should always be washed by hand, dried, and put away immediately after use. Dishwashers ruin knives because detergent basically sand blasts the blade, ruining the edge. Always wash knives by hand.

I don't notice any rust or patina forming, but I wash and dry my knives immediately after use. A lot of reviewers on Amazon think that if a knife rusts the steel is bad, which is entirely untrue. A knife will rust or form a patina if there isn't much free chromium in the steel. I own quite a few carbon steel knives (non-stainless) that take on a patina if I cut meat or acidic fruits. Carbon steel rusts fairly easily but it takes and holds an edge really well. Cheap stainless steels usually don't take on a very good edge or hold it well, with the tradeoff being the blade resists rust. Stainless or non-stainless, if your blade is rusting you're not taking care of it. Thankfully this Rada knife doesn't require much maintenance and it performs well due to its very thin edge.

Overall I'm surprised at the quality of the knife because it's under $10 and Made in the US. If you don't mind a thin blade and don't abuse your knives then give this one a try. Thin knives slice well even when they're dull, so if you don't want to sharpen your knife very often try a thin blade.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2010
Color Name: Silver
I love these knives. I have owned Rada Cutlery knives for years, and always have been impressed with the quality of the blades. They stay sharp for quite a while and sharpen easily with a hand-held sharpener. Highly recommended!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2010
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
I got this knife along with the Rada Cutlery Cooks Utility Knife, Made in USA, Dishwasher Safe Black Handle. Both of these are similar sized, one, slightly larger. And the knives are superbly made, well finished - the shiniest knives I've ever seen - and more importantly they simply work. It's unbelievably smooth, chopping vegetables and they look like they will hold their edge for quiet a long while.

The best part... the price. I've still to get over how little they cost.

One thing (of not much consequence): Having used expensive and heavier knifes, these (initially) feel extremely light and flimsy. That's a totally wrong impression one gets. It's a different and delightful story once we start using it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2012
Color Name: SilverVerified Purchase
I will admit to being a bit surprised when I received my knife. Reviewers HAD mentioned it was thin. This is stamped out of a stainless sheet that is .035 - .036 (inches) thick. If you insist on equating thin with cheap and flimsy, don't buy this knife. But I find there are advantages to "thin". Despite the low price, this is good quality metal. The thin, hollow ground edge will take a wickedly sharp edge that's a delight to use and easy to sharpen. This is by FAR the sharpest knife I own. The thin blade and delicate edge might be too fragile for some professional settings, but for home use with careful handling (that means hand wash and dry) it will provide exceptional performance. Use with a plastic or wood cutting board.
The only downside here was the packaging. The last 1/10 inch of the blade was badly bent, requiring some of my time to tap it out and regrind. Better packaging would be appropriate, Amazon (or Rada).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2009
Color Name: Silver
I do a lot of cooking at home and I have 10+ different Rada knives. They are all great quality and feel great in my hand. I love them so much that if I know I'll be cooking at a friend's house I take one of these knives with me so I know I'll have a great knife!! You won't be let down with RADA.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2013
Color Name: SilverVerified Purchase
I love this knife. I have gone through the whole expensive knife cycle, I have had Global, Henkels, Wurstof, (spelling) and while these are all great, they require work to keep sharp. This very simple stamped knife works, and that is what a knife is for. It is easy to sharpen, one does not worry about wrecking it. It is very inexpensive so you can have several if you want, and most important, it works GREAT! Many of this companies knives are good. Get the tomato slicer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2014
Color Name: Silver
I received this knife as a gift. I was a little leery about it at first. Just the looks of it. But after picking it up and using it for the first time it has fast become a favorite. I use it for everything. From slicing vegetables, cutting meat. Even cutting an ice cream cake. The blade is thin and works so great. I had made a recipe using crackers where you have to cut cracker in half length wise. This knife did it with out breaking a cracker. it is my "go to" knife. I plan on buying several for gifts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2014
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
Look pretty sleek. Crazy sharp. Very affordable compared to other knives of their quality. Have a set with both the silver stainless steel handles and black resin handles, and both look and work incredibly well. Definitely recommend getting their knife sharpener, it is less than $10 and well worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2013
Color Name: SilverVerified Purchase
knife is sharp and good but the handle I can do without. I would not buy this product again. If you have been using standard knives then this one is going to be a bit on the hard side especially if you have big hands like I do .
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2012
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
I've only tried the knife once during dinner prep; I tried cutting garlic, tomatoes, and mushrooms and the knife slices with ease. I've compared this knife to my super sharp $7 chinese cook knife (which has ~15/15 degree cutting angle) and the Kyocera ceramic utility knife... the Rada is as sharp as the asian knife which is a good thing.

So the slicing aspect is great, but the way the knife is held feels slightly awkward. I tend to pinch the blade in front of the handle with my index fingertip slightly wrapping around the bottom curve of the blade (the bottom curve I'm referring to is the curve that joins the handle to the rear end of the blade). The edge of that curve is kind of sharp/rough such that I feel like my finger is getting abrasively rubbed on. The feeling is almost like tightly wrapping regular dental floss around your finger. Maybe over time my finger will smooth over that edge.

My finger would appreciate a better surface to grab onto. Either Rada can try to polish that edge a bit to reduce abrasiveness, or better they should extend the handle forward more at a canted angle (for example, if you look up the Victorinox 8" chef knife it has that canted angle to the handle: http://www.amazon.com/Victorinox-Swiss-8-Inch-Fibrox-Straight/dp/B008M5U1C2 ).

Hopefully Rada reads me review. I like the knife; being made in the US is a definite plus. I'd be willing to more $ if they would improve the handling.
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