- Dec 16, 2004
Ok, now don't laugh... A while ago I bought a set of 'Distinkt' Knives at Ikea. These are very cheap Japanese styled knives. I bought them just to have something I could use for a few weeks while looking for a decent chefs knife after my old one became unuseable. Well, months later, I'm still using them. Only sharpened them once and give them an occasional touch up, so they hold an edge pretty well.
Yes, they look cheap, but feel quite sturdy. Sure, it's no WUSTHOF or shun, but this set is impossible to beat for the money. And at less than $20 for 3 knives, you aren't out much if you don't like them...
The biggest downside is thea they are not dishwasher safe...
I think I paid about $85 for the Santuko and $45 for the paring. I picked ours up at Macy's with a 10% off coupon. Most the local shops have competitive pricing and I didn't check mail order/on-line.
As for sharpening, I use a sharpening jig on the Burr King that is set to about 18-19 degrees. The edge tapers nicely so it's pretty thin, changing the bevel angle isn't hard. I'd go ahead and use your Sharpmaker when the knives need it.