“Buy this amazing new fluted knife and never deal with food-covered blades again”
We’ve all heard that rubbish on TV before, and sadly, lots of people (including me) fell for the initial propaganda!
Wait! Before you jump the gun here.
I’m not saying that fluted, Granton or “hallow ground” knives don’t at all do what they say they do…
But the marketing gurus only painted half a picture here. It definitely doesn’t stop food from sticking to the blade; it merely reduces the amount of food that gets stuck.
What is a fluting knife?
Essentially, fluting knives have decreased surface area contact, or what they call “air pockets”, but in my experience, they haven’t really made my life any better.
My wife (for some odd reason) has totally fallen in love with her fluted knife. She loves starchy foods (oh hell, for the sake of staying in the clear I’ll just say she loves preparing it). Anyway, apparently it makes a world of difference for processing starchy foods like potatoes, Yukon, sweet potatoes and russets. For all other foods, they work the same as a regular kitchen knife.
Since I’m not the flashy spending kind of guy, if a “fluted” knife has a $20 higher price tag than a regular one, guess which one I’m going to get?
Whatever you hear from others (including me) will probably be anecdotal, it’s really difficult to get someone else to persuade you to buy it or just avoid it completely.
Knives aren’t toys, and as such, should be taken seriously. If YOU want a knife, then YOU should go out and see it for yourself before making the final decision.
Fluting Knife – What to Consider Before Buying it
Look – at the end of the day, if the knife fits, the knife sits.
Check out these pointers to help you decide if it’s really a solid option and something you’ll use on a regular basis.
- The Handle: this is the make or break feature. Get clear on whether you want a small or big handle made from wood, metal or composite materials. You’re also better off with either full tang or nothing at all.
- The Blade Shape: think about the curvature and the edge fineness and profile
- The Length: you need a comfortable blade length that handles, stores and operates effectively
I’ve got to say, fluting knives are very easy on the eye, but if it’s not going to revolutionize my slicing and dicing experiences, I don’t exactly see the point of using them.
Do you feel me?
Anyway, I did a little more research and decided to tell you about the “fluting” knife that my wife has in the kitchen.
So after making my way through what seemed to be a shipload of onions, potatoes and beets, I have made up my mind.
Please bear in mind that I did this for you guys!
Here are my thoughts:
Review of: Global G-48 7 Inch 18cm Santoku Hollow Ground Knife
Ease of Use: Value for money: Price: Satisfaction Indicator
7/10 6/10 6/10 6/10
The Global 7 Inch Santoku with its hollow ground knife really didn’t do anything for me in the “non-stick” department. I don’t know, perhaps if I was a woman I might have had a different experience, but in all honesty, it’s just a stock standard kitchen knife that’s priced way too high for its capabilities.
- I liked the modern look of the knife
- The weight balance is pretty good
- It cuts pretty well (just like other standard kitchen knives do)
- I was less than impressed with the blade steel
- It’s expensive when compared to other brands
- It’s NOT non-stick
While I have to admit that this knife looks like it really means business, I was about as disappointed in it as I had imagine I would be. This super “all purpose” knife is supposed to be perfect for “slicing, dicing and chopping” and the “high quality vanadium/molybdenum blade” is supposed to be super strong…I think not.
Halfway through the bag of onions my hands were getting tired and I was exhausted because I had to interrupt the process the whole time to wipe the knife blade clean. So much for its non-stick antics!
Oh and there’s another thing that had me up against the walls: the handle. While it looks uber cool, it doesn’t really do much to provide me with a comfortable grip.
All in all, it didn’t get me excited. I suppose it’s a pretty good knife, but I’m not sold on the “less food sticking” part.
Fluted Hunting Knives
These knives, on the other hand, are a whole different story. The blade itself isn’t fluted, but the handle is.
Ranging from reasonably priced to ridiculously expensive, these knives are aesthetically appealing.
Here’s one I’ve handles before. The Spyderco Native Fluted Titanium Knife.
Pretty isn’t it?
And that’s my take, and in my opinion, fluted kitchen knives are a gimmick. Well played big brains, well played!
With this section of my life done and dusted, I have more important things to talk about, including the reason why you shouldn’t underestimate a cheap knife sharpener and I’ll also tell you what the best sharpening steel is to use for your manly knives.
But first, head on over the article every manly man should read. I’ll tell you all the tricks of the trade so that you’ll learn how to sharpen mower blades the right way. And it’s easier than you thought!