Global’s 3-Piece Knife Starter Set introduces chefs to three different handle styles and three great knives in this very popular and efficient all-stainless-steel design. Although it’s just a start, these three knives cover a lot of kitchen territory. You could get by with three, but you’ll probably want more.
Both the 5-1/4-inch utility knife and 3-1/2-inch paring knife come from the GS series, but the paring knife has a slightly different handle pattern customized for finer work. The main knife here — Global’s G3 Chef’s knife with 8-inch blade — comes from the “basic” series, which began Global’s product line in 1985. With a more traditionally-shaped handle than the dovetail style (which most people now associate with Global), the G3 Chef’s knife still cuts with that perfect trademark balance. Using standards once applied to fine katanas, Global’s seamless all-stainless-steel knives are individually weighted by adding just the right amount of sand to the hollow handles. After this hand operation, the handles are permanently sealed. Every knife in Global’s lineup receives that extra level of attention. All show the same distinctive dimpled stainless steel grip patterns — easy to hold and perfectly seamless.
Thin blades of Cromova stainless steel glide through the work easily but are intended for slicing, not for heavy chopping. With edges hardened to Rockwell 56 to 58, the knives stay sharp longer than many other types of high carbon stainless steel but do require special sharpening gear. An edge angle between 15 and 20 degrees is recommended, and Global discourages the use of ordinary sharpening steels. Use flat stones or ceramic hones instead.
For another good Global starter set which includes a storage system, see the Global Yoshikin 5 Piece Set.