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Sharp and cheap
on December 12, 2008
This knife is hella sharp. It is also really inexpensive.
Having awesome kitchen equipment is all about knowing where to spend your money. Don't do it for paring knives, and definitely don't spend it on non-stick skillets. You'll probably use your paring knife more often that any other knife, so it needs to be easy to hone, take abuse, and easy to replace if it disappears. Since paring knives are used for so many cutting tasks, no matter what, you will need to sharpen them beyond using an honing steel. That will typically set you back $8, and if you cook a lot, you should get a professionally sharpenening at least 3 times a year. That equals $20+ a year to keep 1 knife sharp. Gosh...I could buy a few new, razor sharp Forchners for less than that!
This is a stamped blade. It is mass produced. Is is cheap! Importantly, it comes out of the package sharper than all hell. After a few days of hard use, yes, you will need to hone the edge - but it only takes a few quick swipes. Try doing that with a Wusthof. Not to knock them, they are great knives. My Forschners hang next to a Wusthof, Shuns, and handmade custom pieces - knives I love. But which do I use most often? Which is the most practical? My 2 Forschner paring knives.
One aspect I really like about the knives is the fact that they are lightweight. This differentiates them from your German knives, as well as many of your Japanese blades as well. A paring knive accomplished nothing by having heft - a blade this size isn't be be used when you need leverage (such as with a cleaver or chef's knife). It takes less effort to hold and cut with this knife, that you hand gets less fatigued. If you're prepping a ton of food, this makes a difference!
My wife and I are extremely avid home cooks. Its what we do when we aren't at work (3+ hours every weekday, and more on the weekends). I'm not a pro, but I have been, and I know what I'm talking about.
I've been using Forschner's for almost 5 years. I like these knives so much that I'm giving them as Christmas presents this year. Sharp knives that look good (i.e., the wooden handled Forschners) are a great way to encourage more people to cook. They're easy, inexpensive presents, and the blade is sure to impress. Do they look as sexy as my Shuns? Not a chance, but for a paring knife, they work better. And to be clear, yes, I do have a Shun paring knife (it's a little dusty and greasy looking, for lack of use). None of my other knives stay as sharp as my Forschners, because honing them is so quick!
These knives are cheap - buy one, see how sharp it is, and see how easy it is to keep it sharp. Or go ahead and buy your fancy pants Wusthof - spend a lot more money. But do you really need to? Paring knives are, unfortunately, often thrown away with kitchen scraps.
If you want to impress people with the look of your knives, then buy the rosewood handle.