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Global G-4-7 inch, 18cm Oriental Chef's Knife
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- Lightweight, precisely balanced 7-inch Oriental chef's knife
- Blade made of high-tech molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel
- Edge retains razor sharpness exceptionally well
- Stainless-steel handle molded for comfort, dimpled for safe grip
- Lifetime warranty against defects and breakage
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From the manufacturer
Designed By Legendary Designer Komin Yamada
"When I work with a cold material such as stainless steel I look to nature for my inspiration. Using the organic shapes of nature I am able to create harmony between the person and the utensil."
Razor Sharp Edge
The most important feature of any knife is its edge, and the GLOBAL edge is truly its signature. The majority of the GLOBAL knives are sharpened or ground on both sides of the blade, just like Western style knives. However, their edges are ground steeply to a point as illustrated in Fig. 1, and to an acute angle. This is in contrast to Western or European knives that use a beveled edge, Fig. 2. The straight edge results in a dramatically sharper knife which stays sharper longer. The edge on a GLOBAL knife is so large and prominent that it is easily seen with the naked eye and extends a quarter of an inch or more up from the tip of the knife.
Cromova 18 Stainless Steel
CROMOVA 18 is a steel, with a special mixture of molybdenum, vanadium and chromium. The exact combination is our trade secret, but the steel is made to be hard enough so that the knives retain their sharpness, yet soft enough to sharpen with a whetstone. The high chromium content gives the knives excellent resistance to rust and staining.
Functional Design Steeped In Tradition
From its modest inception, GLOBAL has developed into one of the most successful brands of professional kitchen knives in the world. Still crafted by hand in Yoshikin’s factory in Niigata, Japan, GLOBAL knives are manufactured to extremely high and exacting standards. GLOBAL has attracted much acclaim over the years and received numerous awards.
Used By Professional Chefs
Used by home and professional chefs like Ludo LeFebvre, Global knives are lightweight, yet razor sharp that help reduce hand fatigue. Global knives retain their edge longer than any other major brand on the market
- Dimensions: 0.9 IN x 14.7 IN x 3.5 IN
High-tech from tip to handle, Global knives from Japan created a sensation when they burst onto the world's culinary stage as an alternative to traditional European-style cutlery. Blades are made of hard molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel and "face-ground" with a long taper rather than a short bevel so edges remain sharp longer than even the best high-carbon stainless-steel knives. Edges also are ground at a more acute angle than traditional European-style knives and arrive from the factory razor sharp. Although Global also makes a heavyweight line for cooks who prefer hefty knives, its original knives--of which this 7-inch Oriental chef's knife (or santoku) is an example--have thinner blades and are lighter than traditional European-style knives. Global also dispensed with bolsters on its original knives to reduce weight. Global achieves balance in these knives by injecting a precise amount of sand for a particular blade style into a hollow handle. To ensure balance is continuous, the sand flows inside the handle as a cook maneuvers the blade. A finger notch between blade and handle provides safety.
Stainless-steel handles are Global's most striking feature. They're molded to fit the hand and dimpled to resist slipping. Smaller around than many European-style handles, they're easy for small-handed cooks to grasp, and the seamless construction between handle and blade is more sanitary. This knife's wedge-shaped handle is particularly well engineered for grasping securely with a relaxed hand. Global recommends using a ceramic sharpener or a diamond steel instead of a metal sharpening steel for its knives, supplemented by a synthetic whetstone, a ceramic whetstone, or a Shinkansen Sharpener. Global also makes a sharpening guide set so blades can be honed on a whetstone at the proper angle. Global knives should be hand washed to protect edges. They carry a lifetime warranty against defects and breakage. --Fred Brack
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A few years back, during a move, I took my entire knife collection and packed it into a moving box. Want to guess which box disappeared?
Someone out there has an outstanding collection of knives.
Since I lost a few Global knives in that incident -- I've been re-collecting knives in my kitchen, trying out some new brands I've eyed for years and also collecting a few custom chef's knives. They are all pretty great in their own regard, but really, to be honest, I probably enjoy owning them more than using them. Nothing quite like pulling out a 10" blade when guests are over--but actually using it is effectively or even beautifully is another challenge. With one of my knives, it's like getting a workout.
Global knives, and especially this size, are always my go-to knife under regular circumstances. It cuts meat like a hot blade on butter and the slice through vegetables is always clean and instantaneous. The edge stays sharp, and even after a few years, I barely notice any dullness. It fits into a regular female hand so perfectly and snugly, giving the user a lot of control and precision. I know with my 8-10" knives, it's often like I'm wielding a samurai knife in the kitchen--and I admit I've ended up with quite a few cuts while attempting to slice and dice.
I know the popular brands out there like Wusthof or Henckels are mainstream, but they can't hold a candle to Global knives.
The one-piece steel construction of these blade makes it look very streamlined, as well as having the added benefit of being much more sanitary and easy to clean. It also takes a screaming sharp edge! My girlfriend and I also love the curved shape to this blade, as it makes rocking type cutting chores quite easy. Recommended
I have not figured out the technique of thin slicing thick objects like a potato. The shape of the knife is different than a chef's knife and I decided not to use the rocking motion on potatoes, rather just draw the knife through.
There is much to learn.
Also, there was a $25 discount on $125 eligible merchandise, which reduced the cost.
However, I am returning it. Why? Because I find the style awkward to handle. I use the pinch method and even though the blade is super sharp, I don't feel comfortable holding it just by the handle and like to have my hand closer to the back of the actual blade. But on this knife, the top curves a bit and the back of the blade slopes forward at an odd angle. I just couldn't get my hand to fit on it comfortably. The back of the knife kept digging into my palm (which I've never had a blade do before), and it just was so odd to have all that space between the blade and handle. Just not my cup of tea.