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I'd normally friends lock a post like this, but this good a deal might be of interest outside my friends list.

Amazon has a 10 piece Wusthof Culinar knife set on sale for 70-75% off. You know how good Wusthof's classic knives are, with their chromium molybdenum vanadium carbon steel blades? The Culinars are a step above that - which puts them significantly above any other kitchen knives I know of - with their chromium molybdenum vanadium tungsten carbon steel blades. Plus, their 18/10 stainless steel handles have to be held to be believed.

Anyway, you can get this set now for under $400 - a far cry from its stratospheric $1300+ list price. I bought one to replace my existing Wusthof Classic knives, which I guess I'll retire to the guest kitchen. If you're in the market for kitchen knives - or possibly even if you aren't - you might want to take a look.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005MEHK/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img
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On December 16th, 2008 08:05 am (UTC), psychohist commented:
Oh, and feel free to bump my review while you're there, even if you don't buy the knives.
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On December 19th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC), psychohist commented:
Hm, price seems to have gone up, at least for me, since I posted this. Possibly they had a limited number at the really low price, or for some reason Amazon was giving me a special bargain. Or perhaps Amazon is getting out of the cutlery business, since it was previously a direct purchase from Amazon and now ships from a third party. It's now showing me $699 rather than $399 or $359, which while still a good price for these knives is no longer a "must buy" bargain.

Someday it would be interesting to find out Amazon's super secret pricing methods.

I've actually received the knives now, and they feel every bit as nice as expected. If you come by for yule, you can play with them if you want. One correction now that I have them, though: the blades are of the standard Wusthof chromium molybdenum vanadium carbon steel, without the tungsten, unlike my Culinar steak knives. Originally I believe the tungsten was added to make the edge last longer for professional use, but maybe there were some unforeseen disadvantages - perhaps it made them hard enough to be difficult to hone or something. At any rate, if you don't do eight hour cooking shifts, this is probably not an issue.

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On December 21st, 2008 08:38 am (UTC), psychohist commented:
And now I'm thinking someone I know might also have bought this, given that someone bought it with The Settlers of Catan board game.
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