Global Knives - Not Cheap, But Could Be A Superb Investment

Apr 19 07:25 2012 Stephen Bailey Print This Article

It's difficult to ignore these knives at the moment - you see them on TV cookery shows, being promoted by celebrity chefs and more and more in the kitchens of keen amateur cooks. Global knives seem to have been tremendously well-received by all knowledgeable sections of the cooking world. What is it that appeals so much? Why are they seen as so desirable?

To start off,Guest Posting it certainly ought to be accepted that there is nothing new under the sun when it comes to making a sharp knife. Men and women have recognized for hundreds of years how to forge and hone a steel blade to incredible sharpness. Global actually say that the inspiration for their knives is born out of the Samurai tradition of sword-making. So blades can be made sharp - but the difficulty is preserving them that way.The strategy chosen by Global is to use really innovative technologies as far as the stainless steel alloy is concerned, making use of a blend of steel together with traces of rare matals, which results in a blade that has the strength to be milled to an incredibly fine edge and to resist being worn down to dullness.Grinding and honing to a very acute angle creates a blade that is razor sharp, but because of the angle, keeps its edge even when it begins to wear. The challenge of course is that unless you use a material that is particularly durable, the fine edge is really vulnerable and rapidly wears or chips away.Weaker steel has to be ground to a less acute angle in order to maintain its strength, so as a consequence quickly loses its edge as it wears down.As well as the alloy technology, the manufacturers have taken inspiration from Japanese knife design, as you can quickly see when you look at the collection. Most of the knives in the range also have hollow handles, which are filled during manufacture with just the right amount of sand to create the perfect balance in the hand.These two elements - balanced design and high-tech steel alloys - are I guess what appeals to the keen users of these knives. The range is also extremely extensive - the keen amateur would be hard-pressed to think of a knife that he or she might want that is not offered - and a large collection of special professional-use knives as well.This gives rise to a dilemma though - the choice can be mind-boggling, particularly for inexperienced cooks. Where do you begin?One alternative is to go for a Global knife set - a 3-piece or 7-piece set ought to contain all the essentials. You can then choose to add to the basics as and when you like. It's possibly the wisest strategy to begin with.Whichever way you choose to acquire them, on an individual basis or as a Global knife set, they are not cheap. They are a fairly hefty investment. But they seem to have actual quality and if looked after should last a long time and repay that investment handsomely.

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Steve is a keen cook who writes extensively on food, cooking and kitchen equipment.You can read more about Global knives together with his other articles at Tern Kitchen Reviews

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