RE: [london.food] Moving house

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From: Russell Joanne \(ST\)
Subject: RE: [london.food] Moving house
Date: 10:00 on 26 Mar 2007
Right well I went to Fenwicks in Brent Cross (North London) this weekend.  I headed for the knife section and was immediately seduced by their big sale.  I got a set of Henkel knives that came with a steel sharpener for 98 reduced from 328,  and then I went to their pots and pans section where I got 3 Le Creuset saucepans and a large frying pan (all in that tri steel thingy) reduced to  135.


Yay!  A good start anyway

-----Original Message-----
From: James Bywater [mailto:james@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx] 
Sent: 22 March 2007 22:42
To: london.food@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx
Subject: Re: [london.food] Moving house



On 22 Mar 2007, at 13:38, Joel Bernstein wrote:
>
> It really isn't that difficult to learn to use a stone. I'd
> recommend a
> stone mounted in a box with a hook at the front - that way you can  
> hook
> it over the edge of a worksurface and it stays in place, while you  
> work
> the blade forward and back along its length while using your thumbs to
> maintain a 30 degree angle. The japanese water-stones are easier to  
> work
> with than oilstones potentially - they're softer so you always have
> freshly-exposed particles to grind/polish with - but they do form a  
> sort
> of slurry of ground stone and water. This is arguably an excellent
> grinding paste though, and probably easier to clean up than spilled
> linseed oil.

I'm totally in agreement with Joel on this one. I have a few Global  
knives, the first of which I bought in 1997 and I still use it every  
day. You can't substitute anything for quality!  The global knives  
are all one piece which means that they are stronger and easier to  
clean. Also they look really cool!

I bought a japanese water stone when I got my latest knife, and it  
has made using them much more pleasurable, as they are now kept  
sharper than they ever were before. I haven't got  decent steel  
though, I must get one.

The weirdest knife I have got is one my wife bought me - a tomato  
knife. It really is quite amazingly good for cutting tomatoes (who  
would'a thunk it?)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Global-GS-9-8cm-Tomato-Knife/dp/B00005OL3Q

I'm pretty sure that she got it a lot cheaper than that though.

James



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