Chilebrown at home

Saturday, February 21, 2009


I just got a call from Bob Kramer from 'Kramer Knives'. My knife is ready, the knife I ordered 5 years ago. We will talk about that later this week when I receive this "Blade of Glory"

Kitchen knives are the backbone of any decent cook. We all have our favorite blades. What works for one person might not work for another. There are a few of us that even collect and cherish knives. (Myself, Meathenge). The Mad Meat Genius kitchen comes from an older school of thought. Carbon Steel is my choice of cutlery. It does take a little extra care. I find them a little easier to sharpen. After you use one of these utensils you need to wash and dry them immediately. They will rust and pit if you do not take care of them. If you take care of them, they will last forever, not like my 401K.

Today we will glimpse at Gustav Emil. This is a company from Germany. They have been around for a long time. They made a quality knife and have big name recognition. I am not sure who owns them today. The blades I own have been made before 1960. They are made from virgin steel versus recycled steel. The steel is harder and lasts longer. You can pick these blades up on E-Bay. They are still cheaper than buying a brand new set of German blade. They will not look as pretty as stainless steel, but they are performers. Take pride in your cooking and your Utensils. These knives take extra care but they are worth it.


liteluvr said...

Couldn't agree more. Knives are one of the cook's primary tools (aside from a good set of taste buds). I have a few that I've inherited and some I've bought.
Next month, I'm attending a knife making class where we start with a rough blank, and finish with tempered, sharpened and honed finished product. Once I'm done with the class I'm sure Ill have some info and pics to post.

Looking forward to seeing your long awaited blade.......

cookiecrumb said...

Knife-making class! awesome.

Chilibrown, if I'd ordered something five years ago, I'd have forgotten about it by now. Congratulations; can't wait to hear about it.

Chris was there with asparagus. We got two bunches. In the miserable rain. It was a very sad market. Even the waffle truck was missing; they know their customers are only fair-weather friends.

Chilebrown said...

I would love to learn how to make a knife. I used to make them in Elementry school by scraping the popsicle stick on the pavement.

I will have to plan on going to Marin for Asparagus before work. I am proud of you Cookiecrumb for going in the rain. My shoes and socks have been soaked since 10 oclock this morning. Sometimes the Salt Mine sucks!

meathenge said...

Hey, look! I'm famous on the internet!

I nearly bought some asparagus on Saturday!


cookiecrumb said...

We actually feel we have to go on rainy days, as patrons. It's sad to see how many vendors don't show up. Hardly any bread.

Billy said...

Knives are indeed very important in every kitchen. Without them, cooking will be the most tedious job on earth. By the way, I have a huge collection of kitchen knives and outdoor knives that include cold steel knives and buck knives.