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#16 Chimera

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:04 AM

I bet a Brit could do math.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:10 AM

Well, for the most part, regarding the necessity of a big pointed knife for cooking, it's true. Curved front knives work just as well for anything that you would use a big knife for.

IE. knives shaped like this

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instead of this:

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i've found santoku knives aren't nearly as good for cutting large pieces of meat... largely due to the lack of point and subsequent lack of curve to the blade. I like santoku's for chopping but i much prefer a western style knife for slicing.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:12 AM

yeah, you can't rock one of those santoku knives like you can a chef's knife.

#19 Floppin

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:15 AM

i've found santoku knives aren't nearly as good for cutting large pieces of meat... largely due to the lack of point and subsequent lack of curve to the blade. I like santoku's for chopping but i much prefer a western style knife for slicing.


It just requires a different technique. As someone who's worked in about 10 different restaurants and the only cook in my household, I can attest to being able to use them in much the same way as a "western style" knife.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:19 AM

It just requires a different technique. As someone who's worked in about 10 different restaurants and the only cook in my household, I can attest to being able to use them in much the same way as a "western style" knife.


i'm sure that's true... i mean... it's just a blade... i just prefer a traditional chef's knife... and i'm sure that's because i have better technique with it (and they are objectively... slightly more versatile.) my wife likes santokus better.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:55 AM

idk if banning them is wise but there's something to be said for phasing out pointed ends for safety reasons, especially since it's been demonstrated that professionals who use them every day for cooking have found the point to be generally useless.

pretty interesting to ponder actually

#22 Chimera

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:02 PM

The point helps when you're carving pumpkins. But I suppose you don't really need an assault knife for that.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:39 PM

Am I to come away from this thinking we shouldn't restrict guns because one day they might try and restrict knives too?



Actually, as crazy as it may seem. Yes.

It's normally hard to come in and take everything at once, governments usually have to phase things out to keep the citizens in check.

We have gone down this road before with the guns discussion.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:40 PM

Actually, as crazy as it may seem. Yes.

It's normally hard to come in and take everything at once, governments usually have to phase things out to keep the citizens in check.

We have gone down this road before with the guns discussion.



It's a slippery slope. Logical fallacy.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:04 PM

I wonder what the death rate is between people being cut by knives and shot by guns.

Remember that mass stabbing in China on the same day as Sandy Hook? 0 deaths.

Continue to pretend they're the same and make yourself look like an idiot.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:07 PM

I wonder what the death rate is between people being cut by knives and shot by guns.



knives kill roughly 1/4 of the people killed by guns.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:11 PM

I probably phrased that poorly; what I want to know is the % of people who get cut by knives who die vs. people who get shot by guns and die.

I know I've nicked my fingers probably a dozen times while cooking. I am interested in how that compares to someone who has shot themselves a dozen times.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:13 PM

I probably phrased that poorly; what I want to know is the % of people who get cut by knives who die vs. people who get shot by guns and die.

I know I've nicked my fingers probably a dozen times while cooking. I am interested in how that compares to someone who has shot themselves a dozen times.



Not the same, IMO. Knives are much more dangerous to the person holding it vs the person holding a gun.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:14 PM

no idea... i shot myself twice this morning cooking breakfast.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:59 PM

Not the same, IMO. Knives are much more dangerous to the person holding it vs the person holding a gun.

Oh not the same? So the thread is worthless in other words.


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