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Do chef’s tend to prefer knife sets with a block or knife sets with a case/no block?
Case. Chef’s need the case to take their knives to and from work. Home Chef’s prefer blocks as it is the better way to store them than in a draw.

What knife sharpeners do we offer?

    • Whetstone
    • Diamond Steel
    • Pull through sharpeners

Advantages and disadvantages:
Whetstone: Best way to sharpen a knife, as you can control the angle of the blade. The variety of grits also means you can sharpen your knife to your own personal needs/tastes. Can be difficult to learn how to use, and it does require time due to a need to soak the stone.
Diamond steel: A very quick way to bring the edge back to a dull knife. Once you get the angle, a few strokes to either side of the blade will do the job. Over reliance on the diamond steel will wear through knives quickly. Should be used in tandem with a honing steel. Also most diamond steels do not come with variable grits like stones meaning you cannot sharpen to your own taste
Pull through sharpener: For home cooks or students, this is perfect. The angles are pre-set and all you need to do is rest the blade on the wheels and pull it through. No need to apply pressure to the knife, the weight of the blade is enough. Unlike the other two pull through sharpeners will wear away quicker. If there is a ceramic wheel, any pressure applied can cause it to break which means replacing the whole sharpener or in some cases buying an expensive replacement wheel.

Can serrated knives be sharpened?
Serrated knives can be sharpened in one of two ways. The first is to sharpen each individual serration, the second is to use a pull through sharpener, but only one with a tungsten wheel. Never use ceramic you will break the wheel.
The second method will also result in a straight bladed knife over time.

What is the angle of the cutting edge on?

  • Western knives: 20 to 22 degrees on one side
  • Japanese knives: 16 degrees on one side

What is our cheapest range of knives? Where are they made?
Currently Soho Knives Black, which are made in Sheffield. But the Soho Knives Best value range will be cheaper and are made in China.

What is our most expensive range of knives? Where are they made?
Shun Kaji is the most expensive range of knives we sell.

There are 3 main methods of knife manufacturing; Pressed Steel/Laser cut; Forged; Damascus/Pattern Welded. What are the advantages?

Pressed steel: cheap to produce = cheap to buy. The main advantage is also that they are typically made from a softer steel, this means they are very easy to maintain. So are often best for students or the price conscious.

Forged: Forged knives are knives for life. Typically they hold their edge very well and with a bit more heft, they tend to feel more balanced. Still pretty easy to maintain, but because they hold their edge longer and don’t need replacing, forged knives would be considered a good buy.

Pattern Welded / Damascus / Folded steel: These knives are typically folded a number of times and have a central core that is made from a very hard steel, they don’t always have a wavy pattern. The hardness of the steel coupled with the acute angle of the cutting edge means they stay sharper much, much longer than anything else. They are the best knives you can buy.

Our Pressed steel knife ranges are: Victorinox Fibrox; Victorinox Rosewood; Soho Knives Best Value; Soho Knives Black; Henckel Twin Chef; Wusthof Silverpoint; Wasabi Black.

Our Forged knife ranges are: F.Dick; Soho Knives Forged; Sabatier; Henckel Pure; Wusthof Classic; Wusthof Classic Ikon, Shun Pro Sho.

Our Damascus/Folded steel knife ranges are: I.O.Shen; Global; Global Sai; Kasumi; Shun; Shun Premier; Shun Kaji.

What is our bestselling knife range?
Victorinox.

What’s our bestselling knife set?
Wusthof Silverpoint.

What’s our bestselling peeler?
Victorinox Rex Peeler.

What’s our bestselling brand of knives?
Wusthof. We have 3 ranges: Silverpoint, Classic and Classic Ikon.

What knife accessories do we sell?
Knife bags; blade guards; magnetic knife blocks; sharpening tools; thermometers; timers; tongs; fishbone tweezers; cut resistant gloves; scissors.

More information about Soho Knives?
Dean Street shop, Sohoknives.com; Sohoknives.wordpress.com (blog); @Sohoknives1; Soho Knives (facebook); Catalogue (Available soon).

Is there a carriage charge for shipping knives?
Yes, on orders under £50.

What sort of knife events do we run in store?
Knife master classes; knife demonstrations; knife amnesty (bring in old knife for discount – supplier disposes); discount events

What range of knives is similar to Victorinox?
Soho Knives Black or Soho Knives best value.

Wusthof Silverpoint is made with a slightly better steel and has a smaller handle, the two ranges above have a more traditional butcher’s style handle.

Henckel Twin Chef is half way between a forged and a pressed steel knife with the thickness of the blade and the weight, but the Wasabi Black is the best of the pressed steel, and is a unique looking knife. It is also made by one of the best knife makers which is Kai.

Additional tips

Blade guards to protect the edge of the knife.
Professional chefs need knife bags, knife cases, blade guards and any of the smaller accessories (peelers, timers, thermometers).
Home cooks would love a pull through sharpener to help keep their knives sharp and a magnetic block to store them safely.

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