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I managed to find a five piece Sabatier knife set online for £120 complete with a wooden stand (where all the knives are displayed next to each other and not in a block formation as in the picture). I am told this was a good deal as individually these knives can sell for £40 each or more.
Our set has five knives as follows:
Small knife- the sort you would use to cut cheese or berries
Medium Knife- for cutting larger items or filleting small fish
A serrated edge long knife
A large knife with a quite wide blade
A large knife with a thin blade
The last knife block I had bought personally was around £20 from Argos and I bought it as there was no seam between the blade and the handle- it was all just made out of metal. These cheaper knives ended up with odd salt/rust marks on them despite being labelled as stainless steel. The most I used them for was to cut cheese so in my eyes, I was not used to the concept of "good knives".
The Sabatier knives I bought when I moved house have been used on a daily basis for 12 months now and I can honestly say, I have had to sharpen two of the knives once in all that time- I sharpened them more to test out the electric sharpener on our can opener than because the knives were blunt. These are knives- they are SHARP. They glide through a pepper like a hot blade through butter. I was shocked at how effortless good knives can make cutting vegetables.
These knives are stainless and our set has not developed any odd marks on the blades like my previous knife set. I have been introduced to the world of "good" kitchen knives now! I cannot believe I didn't realise all kitchen knives are not the same. So I have Sabatier to thank for this education. The range comes in all sorts of sizes (talking about Sabatier knives in general) so it is possible to build up a collection of these knives without having to buy a knife set.
The handles are made from dark wood and the blades are straight on the top edge then angled to a point as in the photo. The knives are a good weight without being heavy and they are comfortable to hold. These could be used for professional cookery as Sabatier seem to have a good reputation in the Culinary world- they are advertised in Good Food Magazine in their readers offers section too.
Overall, I would definitely recommend these knives. If you are looking for a good set of kitchen knives, then these are good knives without being really really expensive.
Sabatier is a name very familier today to chefs. My brother trained as a chef and incidentally introduced me to Sabatier. Sabatier are a very prestigious French company who have for more than 150 years supplied us with the top quality kitchen knives we have all come to expect from a company like Sabatier.
The sabatier family now several generations on still forge knives today from the same residence as their ancestors. Quality is the key factor that has kept this family built company at the top of their field. Only knives forged in the Thiers region of france can carry the Sabatier name. All Sabatier knives are forged from one piece of steel, the blade, bolster and tang. The blade itself has a high sheen and the handle is black with three silver rivets, they are very light and fit nicely into the hand. They are ofcourse sharp so do be careful, you will be so pleased with your new knives you will wonder how you ever managed to slice and dice without them.
So what do you get?
A five piece knife set, with a sustainable rubberwood knife block.
All purpose 6inch knife
The bread knife is the only knife with a serrated edge. The other knives all have a smooth edge and in order to keep the knives sharp you will need to purchase a sharpening tool. We use our knives everyday at home and on average would need to sharpen them atleast once a week.
You can purchase sharpening tools from various stores, Amazon have a complete range;
Masterclass Acero sharpening tool 20cm(8") from £6.97
Kitchen devil professional sharpening steel £16.97
Wusthof classic 26cm diamond knife sharpener £34.99
These are just a few of the other brands of sharpening tools available on the market and as you can see they vary quite considerably on price.
You can ofcourse go for a Sabatier sharpening tool, but this will come at a price.
Sabatier 10" oval steel high-carbon steel, with black wood handle. £35.52
Sabatier 12" oval steel high-carbon steel, with black wood handle. £44.40
Sabatier are so sure of their quality they offer a 25 year guarantee as standard. Currently Argos are selling the knives with block and a free end grain chopping board for £84.79
They will make a nice addition to any kitchen and fit neatly on the worktop. They are very stylish and clean very easily with abit of soapy water. Sabatier state that they are dishwasher safe, this just means the knives will not damage the dishwasher, it does not mean the knives/blades will not be damaged by the process of being in a dishwasher. My advice would be to wash only by hand, especially if you wish them to stand the test of time.
One word of warning, knives cannot be sold to persons under the age of 18.
Vegetable, All purpose 6in, Cooks, Carver, Bread, 25 year manufacturer's guarantee. Dishwasher safe / Sustainable Rubberwood Knife Block / Chopping Board / 25 Years Manufacturer's Guarantee