Knives and Gloves

Discussion in 'For New Members' started by tikigriller, Aug 12, 2016.

  1. tikigriller

    tikigriller Smoke Blower

    So as I continue to venture into this wonderful world of Grilling and smoking, I keep uncovering other things I need/want. knives.  Are there an recommendations of a good knife set or individual?  Speak to me like I am 4 years old, as that is the level of knife knowledge I have.  Would prefer something that does not need sharpening often, as I have never been good and getting a knife sharp, unless you all know of some cool tricks.

    I hopped online really quick, but reality is, I have no idea what I am looking for.  Do I need to spend a fortune?  Are there good knives for reasonable costs?

    And finally.....BBQ Gloves...waste of money, or something I would use and appreciate?  If yes, then is there a particular brand I should look for to get a good quality pair?

    Thanks for the insight ahead of time.
  2. uncle eddie

    uncle eddie Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Good knives and excellent sharpening tools are a must.  The sky is the limit on what you can spend but any good quality sharp knife will do the job.

    As for gloves...I also think they are a must.  For example - It is so much easier grabbing a 12-pound turkey or a whole brisket with gloves instead of trying to use utensils.  Amazon has a crazy large selection of them.  I have the nearly elbow-length glove which is great for reaching deep into large smokers but they are a little clumsy with smaller items.

    Good luck!
  3. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    Steer away from "sets". You'll end up with 7 or 8 knives and 1 or 2 you end up using. You can spend a fortune on knives. Or not. My favorite paring knife and chef's knife are from a cheap set from years ago. They just feel right. The rest are a Hodge Podge from over the years. None were expensive. All need sharpened regularly. You can't get away from that. Get a good electric sharpener and stay away from hard cutting boards. IMO wood is best...
  4. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My main knives are Victorinox.   Love them.
  5. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I agree that sets are not a good way to go.  It has been said that mismatched knives are the sign of a confident cook?  I like to handle a knife before I buy.

    Another vote for Victorinox.  They are a good quality knife at a very reasonable price.  I have two knives from their Forshner line, and I am very happy with them.

    For the home cook a good knife does not require frequent sharpening unless mistreated.  A good hone used frequently, however, is a must! I like a good quality steel hone.  Others have their preferences.

    I occasionally use a meat cutting glove when deboning a roast or such. You only need one for your non-dominant hand.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  6. hillbilly jim

    hillbilly jim Meat Mopper

    I bought the two piece set of GrooveTech knives from QVC. I also have a 1/2" X 12" genuine ceramic stick on a handle to sharpen my knives with.

    I'm just about as OC about my knives as I am about my therms.
  7. I also second the Victorinox,great quality knives and steels.But honestly when i reach for a knife my go to most times is an antique hammered steel remmington i got from an estate sale.Nice and heavy and takes a razor edge.U dont need to break the bank,just find one ur comfortable with and does what u want....which sometimes can be a chore.Hope this helps:)
  8. 3montes

    3montes Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I use primarily 3 knives. A boning knife for trimming mine is a Victoronix. A good slicing knife Victronix again. And a chef's knife. Mine is a old Chicago cutlery which I like very well.

    I have gone through a ton of gloves trying to find the right ones. I use welders gloves for handling the charcoal chimney full of hot coals for starting the smoker. I use a heavy cotton jersey work glove for general use around the smoker for like opening the fire box or smoke chamber doors and pulling out hot food shelves etc.

    I just purchased some new hot food handling gloves after trying several kinds and I think I really like these new ones. I've never wore a no cut glove while using a knife. I'm just very careful. [​IMG]

    Slicing knife.

    Boning knife


    A great little knife sharpener.

  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    The stuff above and the most used knife in my house...

    I have had this sharpener about 10 years...JJ
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2016
  10. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hey,I use all the knifes in our Henckels set they don't get washed fast enough. We also have some Forschner Vitctorinox knifes but I prefer the rosewood handles. Plastic blade protectors are nice as well.
  11. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I do use some old knives from my grandpap.    Know idea what they are.   Just old with wood handles and great at holding a edge.
  12. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Sam's Club has some good knives in the restaurant supply dept.

    But you will have to sharpen them more often than a higher priced knife.

    I have the same sharpener as JJ has & it keeps them razor sharp all the time.

    BTW I also have a few knives from New West Knife Works, @ about $150-$200 per knife.

    I like the ones from Sam's better!

  13. I'll offer a 3rd vote on JJ's sharpener. I've had mine for a few years and works great. Also nice that you don't need to be a rocket scientist to make it work. It's simple and small to store.

    My knives are mish-mash of things acquired over the years. I have a 12" slicing knife and 10" cimeter I picked up at a restaurant store for about 12 bucks each. They are cheap, no name knives but they hold a razor edge pretty well. Other daily use knives are a chef's knife and santoku from a Chicago Cutlery set. They hold a great edge. My SIL sold Cutco for a few years so we have random knives from there as well. Great knives, but very expensive in my opinion.

    One thing that is often overlooked but used almost daily is a good set of kitchen shears. I use the set we bought from Cutco. Those are well worth the high price in my opinion. I swear you could cut a coin in half with them. I've had them for years, have never sharpened them, and they are still like razors.
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2016
  14. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

  15. okie362

    okie362 Smoking Fanatic

    Knives and guns are my Achilles heal.  I have more styles, shapes and sizes of  knives than you can shake a stick at and use most if not all of them but I always go back to the ones that "feel" right.

    It's never too late to start a collection ya know.

    This is the most recent purchase and I don't even know why I bought it yet.  Will likely be taken to some event such as a family or charity cookout where I've been asked to "man the smoker".  More as a gag/conversation piece.  I think it will be good for slicing though.

    14 inch Old Hickory butcher knife.

  16. tikigriller

    tikigriller Smoke Blower

    Went with the victornix slicing knife and this sharpener I grabbed at Target for $55.


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