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I have had two of these knives, both were presents, the first fractured between the handle and the blade, this occurred whilst the knife was being sharpened with a steel, the second was left overnight in a bowl of water and detergent, when the knife was removed there was a large black crater on one side and some smaller black holes and indentations on the cutting edge. A friend of mine, who is a metallurgist, examined the knife and it was his opinion that the steel of the knife blade contained slag inclusions. slag inclusions can be due to poor steel refining processes. When I contacted global regarding this problem they were ready with a list of excuses such as "these knives should not be left in water " and "they should only be wiped clean"
When one considers the cost of these knives and the hype that is used in the marketing process I feel that this is a very poor product with even poorer customer service. If you must buy these knives i recommend that you get them from John Lewis or a similar retailer with a record of good customer service, so that when they fail, and they will, you will be able to get a full refund. In this case high price does not mean high quality.
We were given four of these knives as a wedding present, and we are now down to two. The other two both snapped in half where the blade meets the handle; the bread knife while I was washing it up and the paring knife when I dropped it onto the work surface (perhaps I am being picky, but a knife that costs nearly £40 should be able to survive a drop of a few centimetres).
Having had a look at other opinions online, I am not the only person to have experienced this; it seems that, if the knife has any flaws, this is where it fails. I guess that it has something to do with the size and weight of the handle (even though the handles are hollow, they are still really heavy); because they are made as one piece rather than having a separate handle and blade, there must be a structural weak point where it thins out.
Luckily, they were bought from John Lewis, who have been very good about exchanging them for a different brand, but I would not risk getting these knives again. I am rather disappointed about this, because they are attractive looking, ergonomically shaped and nice to use.
Yes they are expensive and yes if you just want something to chop your carrots on a sunday then these may not be for you!
However, if you love cooking and spend quality time in your kitchin then i cannot recommend these highly enough
They were first designed in 1985 and are crafted by hand in Yoshikin's factory in Nigata, Japan.
There is two distinguishing features to these knives:-
The Edge - The edges of these knives are ground to a point instead of having a bevelled edge as most knives have
The Balance - Their hollow handles are filled with just enough sand to create the perfect balance.
Their continuous, seamless design is also good for safety and hygiene. No more bits of food stuck in the groove between handle and blade!
They advise that these knives are not really dishwasher safe. The very high temperatures may damage the steel.
They have a vast array of different knives to choose from and also have a good range of accessories such as knife blocks or wall mounted magnetic holders. The range also has fish tweezers and they make their own knife sharpeners.
To view the range visit their website at www.globalknives.uk.com
My husband got me hooked on these great knives.
Never much of a cooking enthusiast before we met, and had a bog standard set of knives from the supermarket, complete with matching knife block.
Well, since using Globals, the old knife block has gone, and we've got a very full set of these great Japanese knives!
Using an Eva Solo knife block which prevents scratching of the blades, and seems safer than other storage methods (magnetic rack, drawer storage), and more convenient than keeping them in a knife roll, we use these knives for everything.
My favourite is the multi purpose GS-13 - a serrated 15cm knife, which cuts through more or less anything, and is the best knife I've used for tomatoes which can be an absolute nightmare with other knives.
The flexible range of knives are great for skinning fish, and truly are flexible.
The serrated bread knife is not only comfortable to use, but gives nice clean slices.
The whole range of knives are just the right weight, with other knives I've tried being far too heavy to use regularly or for long periods (I occasionally do large scale catering, so can spend hours chopping veg sometimes!), and some equally too light giving you wrist ache as the knife leaves you to do all the work instead of helping you along.
RRP prices are expensive, but shopping around and buying online guarantees reasonable prices.
We've also bought the ceramic steel and a whetstone - the steel being the easier of the two to use, but the whetstone however difficult provides a sharper blade.
And, we splashed out and bought a couple of extras - palette knife, spatula, and tweezers. All very comfortable to use, but probably no better than other brands especially value-wise.