Saturday, July 7, 2007

Equipment Review: Victorinox kitchen knives

Nearly 25 years ago, my parents visited Germany and brought me back, among other things, a Victorinox Swiss Army knife. It's not exactly like the Super Tinker [Link] available on the American market, but it's very close. Since I received it, I have carried that knife pretty much every day, and I use it numerous times during the day for a variety of chores. It has always performed flawlessly, and holds its razor-sharp edge very well. In fact, it's one of the few stainless blades I like.
That is why, when I decided about a year ago that I needed some new kitchen knives, I decided to try Victorinox. The results have been just what I expected: superb. The steel is the same as my old Swiss Army knife, and cuts and holds an edge just as well.
These knives are quite affordable, yet are still made in Switzerland with traditional Swiss quality; unlike the Chinese blades being sold by most American and even some German knife companies.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not above buying Chinese goods. One of the tenets of Possum Living is finding the best combination of price and quality that I can find. After all, I'm paying my hard-earned money for equipment that has to fulfill a need, not make a political statement. If that product is made in China and is of acceptable quality, so be it. On the other hand, when I can get Swiss quality for a reasonable price, so much the better.
That is why the cutlery section of my store [Link] is heavily weighted with Victorinox knives.

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