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Global Knives - Not Inexpensive, But Might Be A Superb Investment

April 18, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 93

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

Well first of all it's as well to say that there's absolutely nothing genuinely new about making sharp knives. The abilities needed to produce a fine blade have been known about for centuries. In fact the producers of Global knives quote the Samurai tradition of sword and blade craftsmanship. So blades can be made sharp - but the issue is keeping them that way.

What Global have managed to do is to use advanced stainless steel alloys, making use of rare metals to produce a blade that is strong enough to be honed to a very sharp profile and at the very same time be resistant to the wear and tear which destroys the sharpness.

If you grind the blade to a very steep, acute angle you can get a blade that is extremely sharp indeed, and which can keep its keenness even when the initial part of the edge is removed through wear. The dilemma of course is that unless you use a material that is extremely tough, the fine edge is very vulnerable and quickly wears or chips away.

Weaker steel has to be ground to a much less acute angle in order to preserve its strength, so as a consequence promptly loses its edge as it wears down.

As well as the alloy technology, Global have utilized Japanese and other oriental design to inspire their knives, which from one look at the collection is quickly apparent. On top of this, many of the Global ranges are designed with hollow handles, which are filled in the course of manufacture with just the right quantity of sand to create the perfect balance in the hand.

Taken with each other, these twin features - state-of-the-art alloy and balance - are what I would suppose give rise to the appeal of these knives. The range is also incredibly extensive with each and every knife that an amateur cook may possibly want together with specialist items that appeal to the expert.

This gives rise to a dilemma though - the choice can be overpowering, particularly if you are new to the range. The question is, where exactly to start?

The preferred strategy could well be to go for a Global knife set - usually 3 or 7 pieces which will give you the basic everyday knives you need. You can then choose to add to the basics as and when you like. It's probably the wisest strategy to begin with.

Whichever way you choose to obtain them, separately or as a Global knife set, they are not cheap. They represent a significant investment. But they are not all about marketing-speak - there's real quality there. The investment ought to be worthwhile - just mind your fingers.

You can read more about Global knives, together with many other appliances, recipes and gadgets at Tern Kitchen Reviews.

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