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Fine standard chef at very reasonable price,
The Forschner 40520 was rated as "best overall" in Cooks magazine in Fall 2004. Pretty good report card from "the" chefs magazine. It took top honors over several high end ($80 -$100+) Wusthofs and Henckel models. While they didn't claim that the Forschner was better at any one specific task or that the craftsmanship can stand up to the others (its blade is cut from a blank ribbon of steel, instead of a hand-forged one piece) they did say that its lighter weight was preferred by some of their testers and that it handled the basics just as well as more expensive models. I just took delivery of mine last week and I am putting it to the test. I can say that it arrives razor sharp...nice... and that it's fairly well balanced. The handle is made of a grippy composite that allows you to securely hold firm if wet or in akward positions. The handle is a little longer than others I've owned, maybe too long for small hands, but it is contoured so you can move up towards the blade for better control. The blade does have a nice rocked contour, which makes chopping & dicing easier. I've grown to prefer ligher weight blades and you don't sacrifice much when it's this sharp. Overall I would say that for the price, this is a great chef knife..time will tell if any problems develop. Definitely doesn't have the same craftsmenship or allure of one of the high end Germans, but if your looking for a highly functional, lightweight, standard chef, it's hard to go wrong here.
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Initial post: Nov 13, 2009 9:09:27 AM PST
Your comment refers to model 40520. The product model you wrote the review under is 47520. Aren't thes 2 different knives?
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2009 12:04:44 PM PST
marko polo says:
"Aren't thes 2 different knives? "
no. the only difference in those 2 product numbers is the packaging. 40520 comes in a plastic sheath while 47520 comes in the more industrialized hard plastic. you know, the stuff that electronics come in, that is so difficult to open you must use scissors, resulting in sharp plastic edges that are about as dangerous as your knife.
anyway, it's the same knife. solid.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2011 2:57:13 PM PST
Thanks for the explanation... I received the 40520 from Amazon after ordering this. It is razor sharp, but as the review said also light weight. Still, food splits itself in half from fear of this mighty blade... I barely exerted any pressure, delicately balancing the knife in my fingertips as it slices through it's prey. =)
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