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Mercer Culinary Renaissance 8-Inch Forged Chef's Knife
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- Triple-riveted, ergonomically designed Delrin handle
- Shortened bolster exposes full blade edge, allowing for easier sharpening
- Full tang runs the entire length of the handle for superior balance
- One-piece precision forged construction
- High-carbon, no-stain German cutlery steel resists rust, corrosion, and discoloration
- Taper-ground edge allows for added stability, easy honing, long lasting sharpness, and increased efficiency when cutting and chopping
- Rounded spine for comfort grip
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One-piece precision forged construction.
Precision forged German steel.
High carbon, no-stain German cutlery steel resists rust, corrosion, and discoloration. One-piece precision forged construction and a rounded spine gives every Renaissance knife superior strength and durability. Taper-ground edge allows for added stability, easy honing, long lasting sharpness, and increased efficiency when cutting and chopping.
Ergonomic Delrin handles.
Triple-riveted ergonomic Delrin handle provides superior comfort. Delrin will not break down from exposure to kitchen oils and is able to withstand hot and cold temperatures. A shorter bolster exposes the full edge of the blade, making it easier to sharpen. The bolster strengthens the knife, adds durability, and provides excellent balance when cutting food.
NSF is a global provider of public health and safety-based risk management solutions. It's a highly respected independent organization that has rigorously tested and certified that Mercer Genesis knives have met their standard for safety, quality, and performance.
Care and handling of Renaissance cutlery.
The performance of a knife can be diminished if not cared for properly.
Cutlery should never be washed in a dishwasher because intense heat and harsh detergents may cause the handle to deteriorate. Carefully wash by hand with soap and warm water, rinse and dry with a soft towel. Do not soak or submerge in water for long periods of time or use chlorine bleach because it can pit and discolor the blade. Avoid soaking in aluminum or stainless steel sinks because these metals may cause pitting on the blade.
Store in a cutlery block or sheath to preserve the cutting edges and prevent injuries.
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Mercer is synonymous with high quality professional cutlery. A leader in the food industry for more than thirty years and the predominant supplier to more than 90% of culinary academies in North America, Mercer manufactures a wide variety of precision culinary tools that are crafted to exceed the demands of professional chefs. Exceptional quality materials, unique design, and dedicated craftsmanship makes Mercer the first choice for kitchen professionals and food enthusiasts.
Mercer Culinary Renaissance 8-Inch Forged Chef's Knife
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I queried Mercerabout sharpening specs on this knife and got this reply:
"For our Chef knives we use 3.00mm stainless steel; 15 degree on each side, so 30 degree for the edge."
Since most home kitchen knife sharpeners are designed for knives with an edge sharpened at 40 degrees, or 20 degrees per side, they are not suitable for this or, apparently, any other Mercer chef's knife.
These knives are commercial grade NSF approved cutlery, and should do just fine in any home kitchen. These are very comparable to other well known high priced German knives, without the name. Actually if you took these and expensive german knives and removed the branding you would be hard pressed to tell them apart. Long ago when I worked in the food industry, most were using either Mercer or Dexter-Russel. I prefer the mercer handle to others. If you want quality culinary industry grade tools, that wont break the bank, then Mercer is probably the best you can get.
This is the equipment you would see as "house" or "supplied" in any industry kitchen. As far as a first set goes, this is a good way to go. If you have a student in the family, or you yourself is wanting to learn more in the kitchen, then these tools will be of great interest to you. All you need is a Chefs,Parring,Slicer/Carver,and wavey/serrated knife 10" or so, at home a 5" is good for me.
I paid about $40 when I purchased it about 5 years ago. Current price is $50.
My 5 year old Wusthof paring knife is still in excellent condition, however the sharpness has almost nearly gone.
I don't have a sharpening stone to return the sharpness, and my Chef's Choice electric sharpener does not sharpen at the 14 degree angle that Wusthof puts on this knife at the factory. Until I get what I need to resharpen my Wusthof I wanted to get a new paring knife at a low cost for the interim and to have around as an extra paring knife.
I shopped around and was going to get a $15 "stamped" 3.5" paring knife, but then I found this Mercer "forged" paring knife. "Stamped" knives can be very good and even great, and as their construction is easier and quicker to make they are also much lower in cost. A drawback of stamped knives is that their sharpness tends to wane quicker, and they aren't as stain resistant as they use a different metal formulation compared to the metal formulation of "forged" knives.
So, when I saw this Mercer forged paring knife for $20 I was very intrigued and decided to try it. I purchased two of them as I wanted to give one to my mom as she is an excellent cook and needs and uses knives daily. When paring knives arrived I opened the blister packaging and proceeded to give the knife a good cleaning before use.
BE CAREFUL when opening the blister package. I'm not a fan of this kind of packaging as it's not safe at all, as it requires a good amount of effort and additional tool to get the package open. My preferred took is a kitchen style scissor. Still, cutting the thick packaging results in sharp edges created by opening the plastic. And in this case there is also a VERY SHARP knife inside the packaging.
After cleaning the knife I processed to cut and core a crisp and juice Bosch pear. The sharpness of this knife is excellent. It is literally "razor" sharp. The knife went through the pear with little effort. The nicely shaped handle gives good grip and I removed the center core and seeds with great precision in quick circular motion. This knife did the cut effortlessly. Next up I cut some think slices of aged white cheddar from a big block. The knife cut through the cheese brick smoothly and cleaning, again requiring little effort. A sharp knife requires less muscle effort to make a cut, and as you don't have to apply as much force to cut you thus gain more control over the blade. That's why a sharp knife is a MUCH safer knife than a dull one.
How does it compare to my Wusthof? This Mercer paring knife is a bit shorter overall as it's handle is shorter than the Wusthof. The blade length is quite similar so the 3.5" spec is good. I do prefer the handle length of the Wusthof, as it's a bit longer, which adds to better control. Still, that is a minor point and difference as the Mercer's handle is great as well, and the overall shape and feel is very similar to the Wusthof.
Which one is better? I have had my Wusthof for a number of years and I've had the Mercer for only a week. Initial impression is that this Mercer knife is excellent. And, given it's modest price for a high quality knife I rate it above the Wusthof. The Mercer is $20 compared to $50 for the Wusthof. The Wusthof handle is more to my liking, but overall it's not 2.5 times better given the Wusthof's 2.5 time higher price. Two Mercer paring knives is $40, and that won't buy even one Wusthof Classic at the current $50 Amazon price.
This knife is not just a great low cost knife, it's a great knife that happens to cost a lot less than other highly rated knives. I do have to state again that my experience with the Mercer knife is very time limited as I've only had it for about a week, so I do not know how it will hold up in terms of retaining sharpness and resisting staining. I am careful with my knives as I only hand wash them and store them away from other metallic items in the drawer that can dull the knife's edge. I have knife protectors and that greatly helps keep the edge sharper longer, and eliminates the potential of cutting yourself when reaching into the utensil drawer.
I absolutely recommend this knife to anyone who wants a high quality, sharp, and nicely balanced paring knife, and wants all that at a very reasonable low price.
It is not just a "decent" knife. This knife, with the full tag, short bolster, Delrin handles, is every bit as good as my exalted memory of a Wusthoff. The balance, the arc of the cutting edge, the taper of the blade - all just right. The blade sharpens better than I expected of stainless steel, and hold it's edge well.
I am satisfied! My longing for a Wusthoff is gone. I have my Mercer!