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Post# 911489   12/17/2016 at 10:19 by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

It seems these days when you go to stores all of the kitchen utensils and tools have name brands in big letters on them. I bought a Kenmore set of utensils for my parents once. At stores I see Farberware, Kitchen Aid, etc in bold letters on everything. And they all have big handles and chrome trim pieces.

This all seems to be a trend, but one that has lasted awhile. I remember when most ladles and spatulas were just colored thin plastic. Or wooden spoons.

I wonder why everything is bulky and has name brands now? Maybe people want all their appliances to match? I guess it does look quite professional and masculine.

Post# 911499 , Reply# 1   12/17/2016 at 11:06 by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
I doubt they're

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Really made by the companies whose names are stamped on them. The quality is all over the place. The Kitchen Aid scissors, for example, are worthless cheap-a** sh*t.

Their specialty knives are high-carbon steel or (to the extent that's possible) rather decent stainless steel with properly ground surfaces.

I tend to mix and match - I don't care about name brands, I care about quality and suitability for purpose. Betty Crocker stuff nowadays is very poor quality, but works so well, I'm willing to accept that it's not going to last long.

Bialetti has really upped their game the past few years, if I were going to give someone matched kitchen tools, it would probably be from them. Alessi design is still wonderful, but their quality.....

Post# 911506 , Reply# 2   12/17/2016 at 12:11 by revvinkevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        

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I bought a new set of measuring cups at Target 2 days ago.  Saw the OXO brand, with stainless "cups" and rubber handles for $18 (more elsewhere).  Even though I'd put them in my cart, I kept looking.   I didn't want plastic and found another set in stainless with metal handles for $11 less, just $7.  Sold!  


Photo below is the more pricey OXO brand.

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Post# 911507 , Reply# 3   12/17/2016 at 12:36 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Quality is all over

the place. I have lots of utensils, and have tried all kinds. My main utensil drawer is 36 inches wide. My shears are Henckles that come apart to clean. They are great.
I use wooden spoons, silicone spatulas work fine, as do plastic, until they get brittle and crack.
I have an old Ecko wooden handled cake server/spatula that is great.
No complaints on my OXO food mill, and some of the Farberware is very good. Even the low end imported cutlery.
I've got Wusthof Trident knives from Solingen Germany, nothing wrong with those, and an old Sears Crafstsman a.c.a. edge full tang teak handled chef's knife that is still like new.
I have a slicing and bread knife courtesy of a Rainbow demonstration, and the tang in the handle bites into your hand.

Post# 911508 , Reply# 4   12/17/2016 at 12:49 by washman (Butler, PA)        

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I dig the Wusthof Grand Prix II chef knife. Holds and edge like no tomorrow.

Post# 911511 , Reply# 5   12/17/2016 at 13:18 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
The Whustof

do keep an edge a long time. I think mine are the line below the Grand Prix. I've had them since the 90's. The chef's knife is shorter, but still chops up a "dodgewurst" just swell.
I've gone through a Calphalon Santouko that said it was was German steel, and also a steel handled cheap Kitchen Aid one. Both Chinese.

Post# 911540 , Reply# 6   12/17/2016 at 18:27 by Xraytech (S.W. Pennsylvania, near Pittsb)        

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All of my knives, my take-apart shears, and most of my metal cooking utensils are Cutco, I like the quality and I find the grip to be comfortable, and I like the lifetime guarantee.

The remainder of my utensils are vintage Ekco Flint and Betsy Ross metal utensils, and a few wooden spoons

Post# 911592 , Reply# 7   12/18/2016 at 06:34 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Im with you

On the Cutco, I have a bunch of it and its hard to beat, Also I like Rada knives,They are not expensive and really hold a edge.

Post# 911610 , Reply# 8   12/18/2016 at 08:44 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I have a couple of cheap ceramic knives we bought at a kitchen shop at Opry Mills mall in Nashville.  Those knives are so sharp and they remain so. 

Post# 911619 , Reply# 9   12/18/2016 at 09:05 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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I'm a Wusthof man. Can't beat 'em! Some in my collection are nearly thirty years old. All have been through the dishwasher dozens of times. They're kept razor sharp with a Chef's Choice sharpener.

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Post# 911643 , Reply# 10   12/18/2016 at 11:56 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
My Wusthof

are the Avantguard line.
I have never put them in the dishwasher, but it is good to know they can take it.

Post# 911729 , Reply# 11   12/18/2016 at 22:54 by gefilterflo (Newark, Ohio)        

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All my kitchen knives are Warther's knives made here in Ohio. One of them was from my grandmother and is at a minimum 40 years old though it has never been in the dishwasher. I'll trek over there for sharpening every so often. Still made there which is nice.

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Post# 911745 , Reply# 12   12/19/2016 at 01:50 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

I have Wusthof and Cutco-like them both!

Post# 911899 , Reply# 13   12/20/2016 at 08:06 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I am still using some of the Mepal Ware Melamine tools from Denmark that I bought in the mid 70s. I do not use metal in pans or bowls because I don't like scratches.

Post# 912429 , Reply# 14   12/24/2016 at 11:51 by washman (Butler, PA)        

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hi Frig!

Post# 912584 , Reply# 15   12/25/2016 at 18:14 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Hi, Ben. Merry Christmas.🎄☃

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