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ChefsChoice® Cutlery FAQ
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Chef'sChoice® TRIZOR® 10X® Cutlery
1. Where are Chef'sChoice® 10X® knives manufactured?
Chef'sChoice® knives are manufactured by EdgeCraft in the United States. This is one of the factors that makes this quality kitchen knife unique. Until recently, virtually all quality forged knives were imported from manufacturers in Germany, France, Italy and Brazil.
2. Is Chef'sChoice® cutlery fully forged?
Yes. Some well-known high-end imported brands weld stamped knife parts (i.e., blade, bolster, and tang) together, which produces an inferior quality knife. Properly forged knives take a sharper longer-lasting edge than stamped knives and are more durable and better balanced than stamped knives. Chef'sChoice® cutlery is fully forged from a single bar of ultra-high carbon stainless metal alloy -- the strongest knife construction. Chef'sChoice® cutlery is manufactured with molded-on handles which allows each type of knife (chef's, boning, paring, etc.) to be optimally balanced for its particular function.
3. Why is Chef'sChoice® cutlery a significant breakthrough?
The ability of Chef'sChoice® knives to retain a sharp edge up to ten times longer (hence the "10X") than any European and domestic brands addresses one of the chief frustrations of the knife user -- the need to frequently interrupt the cutting process to resharpen a dull knife. Another significant achievement is that Chef'sChoice® knives are two- to three-times sharper (at time of sale) than competitive Solingen (European) and domestic brands. A sharper knife is a safer knife and is certainly more effective and more pleasurable to use. EdgeCraft believes that these technological improvements represent the most important advance in quality kitchen knives in over 300 years.
4. Why is Chef'sChoice® cutlery the most important advance in 300 years?
Three hundred years ago the technology to produce the type of knives generally considered standard kitchen cutlery was developed in Europe. The most significant advance since then was the introduction of stainless steel. Until the introduction of Chef'sChoice® cutlery, there were only modest improvements to gourmet cutlery. Chef'sChoice® cutlery is made from a unique alloy: Trizor® steel. Trizor® steel has a 100 percent higher carbon content and up to ten times more of certain key elements than any other quality kitchen cutlery in the world. The result is a stronger and tougher steel that is more resilient. Only Trizor® steel guarantees an ultrasharp edge that lasts up to ten times longer than any European or domestic cutlery brand.
5. How does the edge retention of Chef'sChoice® cutlery compare with ceramic knives?
Tests performed in EdgeCraft's laboratories demonstrated that Chef'sChoice® cutlery edges are more durable than ceramic knife edges. And, because of the inherently brittle nature of ceramic, they are prone to fail by chipping. Unlike Chef'sChoice® Trizor® cutlery, ceramic knives cannot be sharpened by any available conventional methods.
6. Is it difficult to resharpen Chef'sChoice® cutlery?
Absolutely not! The special stainless steel alloy used in Chef'sChoice® cutlery was developed to meet a combination of performance specifications. It is strong and tough so that it starts out sharper and holds its sharpness longer, but it is also easy to sharpen using conventional methods (such as stones, sharpening steels, crock sticks) or any of the Chef'sChoice® manual or electric knife sharpeners.
7. Do "never-need-sharpening" knives really stay sharp forever?
Most so-called "never-need-sharpening" knives are serrated. They are really saws. They can be useful for cutting some types of food (such as French bread) but are considered inferior for other cutting needs because they do not cut smoothly and precisely. "Never-need-sharpening" knives don't compare to fine gourmet cutlery. Serrated knives do become dull. The teeth become misaligned and worn and produce ragged cuts. In fact, one of the questions asked most frequently during demonstrations of the Chef'sChoice® Diamond Hone® knife sharpener is "Can the Chef'sChoice® sharpener sharpen my never-need-sharpening knife?" The answer is yes! Chef'sChoice® sharpeners (manual or electric) readily sharpen the tips of the saw teeth. Another type of so-called "never-need-sharpening" knife is made by spraying a metallic coating (such as tungsten carbide) onto one side of the edge of a stamped or forged blade. Tests show that this metal coating is very brittle and chips off during use -- after only a few weeks in a commercial kitchen and after several months in a home kitchen (depending on how often the knife is used). The edge becomes jagged -- and cuts unevenly. Since resharpening such blades is not recommended by their manufacturers, the knife must be returned to the manufacturer for refurbishing.
8. What is the composition of the metal alloy used in Chef'sChoice® cutlery?
The specific formula of the steel alloy used in Chef'sChoice® cutlery is proprietary. However, it contains much higher levels of carbon and stainless alloys than the popular European or domestic brands. It is important to understand that the alloy itself is only part of the reason for the outstanding performance of Chef'sChoice® knives. EdgeCraft research scientists have also developed special aerospace metallurgical processing and forging technologies that, with the alloy's unique composition, produce a quality kitchen knife of incredible strength, toughness, and durability.
9. What is the advantage of a molded-on handle?
Other leading cutlery brands secure the knife handle with rivets or glue. This can leave sizable cracks and crevices where bacteria can propagate, contaminating food the knife touches. There is also greater potential for the handle to come off. The Chef'sChoice® knife handle is formed by molding molten polymer over the full-length forged tang. This seals out areas where bacteria can grow. In addition a molded-on handle will never come off. It is much more durable than a pre-molded handled shoved onto the tang. A molded-on handle also allows each knife to be balanced for its specific function by shaping the forging with more or less metal in the tang to balance the knife over the working fingers. The boning knife should be weighted toward the handle to give the user greater control as the tip of the knife can be hidden by the meat or poultry being deboned. A chef's knife is weighted toward the bolster of the blade and its tang will be weighted differently from the boning knife's. A molded-on handle can conform to differently shaped tangs.
10. Is Chef'sChoice® cutlery dishwasher safe?
EdgeCraft recommends that Chef'sChoice® knives be washed by hand in hot soapy water separately from other utensils and flatware. Dry each knife carefully and completely to avoid water spots and then return it to a safe storage place. Always dry blades from the handle toward the tip to minimize the possibility of injury. Quality stainless knives should not routinely be washed in the dishwasher. First, there's substantial opportunity for personal injury, especially when reaching in to remove knives at the end of the cleaning cycle. In addition, blades can be stained by deposits of minerals, foods, or iron, or by direct contact with silverware. Always place silver and silverplated flatware on a separate rack from stainless cutlery. The handles of Chef'sChoice® knives are dishwasher proof, but shouldn't be placed on the lower rack near the heating coil.
11. What are the most frequently used gourmet knives?
Serious cooks generally agree that there are four basic knives that can handle virtually any kitchen cutting job. These are: (1) the chef's knife [the eight-inch length is most frequently used]; (2) the six-inch boning knife or the six-inch utility knife; (3) the carver/slicer [the eight-inch length is most popular]; and (4) the 3.5-inch paring knife. EdgeCraft offers these and other popular sizes and will continue to expand the Chef'sChoice® line of quality kitchen knives as our customers' requirements grow.
12. Why are Chef'sChoice® knives expensive?
For the serious cook, cutlery is an essential tool used daily -- nowhere in the kitchen will quality make a greater contribution to the cook's pleasure and productivity. Chef'sChoice® cutlery owes its outstanding performance to a new and wholly unique alloy which is more expensive and much more costly to forge and process. Its manufacture depends on many more steps than conventional cutlery. It takes over 100 steps to produce a quality forged knife. EdgeCraft created this novel alloy and processing to optimize cutting comfort, edge durability and sharpness and increase cutting control and pleasure. Each knife is handcrafted and fully forged. The price of Chef'sChoice® knives includes the skilled labor and fine materials required to produce the world's best cutlery. Properly cared for, Chef'sChoice® cutlery will deliver a lifetime of enjoyable use. In terms of value, we believe Chef'sChoice® knives are the best anyone can buy.
13. How can I purchase Chef'sChoice® Trizor® 10X® Cutlery?
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