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Secretary asked about a carving knife.

Discussion in 'Becker Knife & Tool' started by SALTY, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. SALTY

    SALTY Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2000
    My secretary knows that I am into knives. She signs for the boxes when they come in and has watched Beckerhead Gathering videos.

    She was commenting the other day about how she has been disappointed in various carving knives that she has used and asked me what is a good knife for cutting meat, carving and other heavier-duty kitchen chores.

    Well, not being a chef, though certainly no stranger to food, I instantly recommended one of only two knives that I use for food preparation: my favorite Becker, the BK-5. (The other knife is a Mora.)

    She was attending a baby shower for my daughter Saturday and I sent a BK-5 off to her for evaluation and, depending on feedback, as a gift.

    I was going to wait until I got her feedback before starting a thread but - here it is is advance.

    Once I hear something, I'll report back.

    Any thoughts on how a non-knife person will view a BK-5 for her intended tasks?
     
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  2. Chameleonbear

    Chameleonbear

    Aug 14, 2008
    Most likely it will be a bit thick for her tasks. More than likely what would fit the bill for her would be like a Victorianox or Forschner. They are long, and thin, and hold a decent edge, and have a decent handle, and won't break the bank ($30-50 usually)
     
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  3. cold one

    cold one Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 23, 2009
    Or, like my wife, she'll put it in the dishwasher. (BK15 in my instance)
     
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  4. ndmiller

    ndmiller Platinum Member Platinum Member

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    Nov 30, 2015
    Maybe she just wanted an "in-home" demonstration and you weren't getting it......

    Seriously a BK-5 is kind of a beast for anyone doing kitchen prep, especially the Becker uninitiated. Maybe a higher quality brand of carving knife and some cutco shears would have served her better. Or maybe her knives are dull, another reason for an "in-home" demonstration.
     
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  5. Xr6x

    Xr6x Basic Member Basic Member

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    Sep 17, 2015
    IMG_0681.JPG For sure there's better dedicated kitchen knives. Can the 5 get it done, yea , it would shine as butcher and vegetable slicer and it if sharpened good could slice turkey thin . I've done it just for fun :D but something stainless would make for an easier knife to maintain for full on kitchen duty :thumbsup:
     
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  6. SALTY

    SALTY Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2000
    The BK-5 is my favorite kitchen knife. It along with a Mora (Robust at that) does everything i need to do - perhaps I'm just not chef level.

    Anyways, she liked it. She said the parted out a chicken with it yesterday and liked it a lot. She was happy when I told her she could keep it!

    She's Old School Italian cooks big meals for big appetites. She will put that 5 through it's paces - believe me.
     
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  7. zuluninja

    zuluninja boricua grinder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 25, 2009
    That's great. I have a 15 on semi-permanent kitchen duty, but I used a 5 once to carve the Thanksgiving turkey, my family is used to my "weirdness" by now. But again, a thumbs up for the Vic Forschner. A friend of mine wanted something better than his Bubba filet when taking care of fish, and after watching some youtube vids of a guy using a curved skinner asked me if I could find him something like that. After checking the reviews on the Forschner I got him one, and tossed in a Johnson piggyback for detail work. He is in absolute love with them, awed at the ease of filleting of the thin rigid blade versus the softer filet knives he was used to.
     
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  8. ndmiller

    ndmiller Platinum Member Platinum Member

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    Nov 30, 2015
    BK-5 would be great for slicing brisket......
     
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  9. Xr6x

    Xr6x Basic Member Basic Member

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    Sep 17, 2015
    I'm with you Salty, the 5 is very capable in the kitchen and outside ;) is there better Knives for the kitchen unfortunately there is and they aren't so good outside :eek: with continuous washing it may be a good idea to remove the water and bacteria that may concentrate in the scales and cut outs in the tang. :thumbsup: But I even keep an extra 5 in the kitchen drawer for spaghetti squash and watermelon for sure and this and that I just remove the scales to wash if cutting up a whole chicken now and than .
     
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  10. Chameleonbear

    Chameleonbear

    Aug 14, 2008
    My favorite kitchen knife is probably my shun, or my wustof. Followed by the other. Then right after those is my Becker kitchen knives, followed by my 15, followed my by stock 15, followed by my 5. I might get some work done to one of my 5s. I'd love to thin it out like I did one of my 15s. I thinned it out to the thickness of the spine, all the way down.
     
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  11. tjswarbrick

    tjswarbrick

    Mar 31, 2011
    I love the 5 for watermelon, pineapple and the chunkier squash. But we also have a really thick (.155) 10" Henckels chef's knife that the wife usually puts to work on those before I get back from the garage.
    I do my best to keep it sharp enough for brisket, too.
     
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  12. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    Performance req's for kitchen knives are dramatically different than outdoors knives, though I think the BK-5 would be great for breaking down a turkey. And it's a thing of beauty in its own right.

    For the kitchen you typically need one knife with a deep blade, no guard, and THIN. Or go the Japanese route, but that's a whole different set of techniques.
     
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  13. Tanker 1/66

    Tanker 1/66 Gold Member Gold Member

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    May 18, 2015
    Salty you do realize that you are responsible for sharpening that Bk5 for life now!!!:rolleyes:
     
  14. SALTY

    SALTY Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2000
    A BK-5 and a watermelon goes together like peanut butter & jelly, hot dogs & beer, hot apple pie & vanilla ice cream ... except more fun!

    You may be right but she puts up with me more hours each week than my wife.
     
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