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Chicago Cutlery Prep Knife Set: Chef’s, Utility, Paring

Full Tang Stainless Steel Metropolitan 3 Piece

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Chicago Cutlery Prep Knife Set: Chef's,For the cook who wants just the basics at a good price, Chicago Cutlery offers the Metropolitan three-piece Prep Knife Set. If you don't mind a few minutes refining some pretty good workmanship with a whetstone and sharpening steel, you could get a good set of prep knives for a deal that fits a shoestring budget.

Stamped high carbon stainless steel blades and polymer triple-riveted handle slabs put frontier simplicity together with practical modern materials. The result isn't lovely, and does look like the knives you'd expect to work with in the average restaurant kitchen. Full tang handles without forged or ground bolsters give users an ergonomic grip without adding any extra weight. There's plenty of handle to hang on to, with enough bulk for twisting leverage as well.

Another point in their favor is that the knives aren't simply flat ground with a short wide bevel -- these knives are taper ground, which makes them slide through a cut a little better than the average workhorse kitchen knife. Edges do require regular maintenance, and the state of the edge on arrival is a little unpredictable. Anyone with a whetstone should be able to remedy these small problems. Maintaining the edge by honing with a sharpening steel before use ought to keep the blades sharp enough to satisfy.

The 7-1/2-inch chef's knife, 5-1/2-inch utility knife and 3-1/2-inch paring knife won't quite cover all the work of a kitchen and you'll still need both heavier knives and more refined knives if you want a really efficient set. This is still enough for a good start -- if you step up a level, you may even feel a little guilty -- because these knives will do the job. There's just not much flash in this bare-bones set.

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