Feeling like a MasterChef
Thanks to Elle O'Connor from Kitchenware Superstore for inviting me to receive some products of my choosing to kitchen test. After checking out the extensive website of pretty much everything and anything you'd want for a kitchen I decided on the Global 2pc Starter Set ($109.95) and Stanley Rogers Acacia Butchers Block ($55.95). I've never had a knife that I've been completely happy with so was hoping the Global Cooks Knife 20 cm would do the trick since it's the same one they use on MasterChef which the contestants keep cutting their fingers with. I don't do a lot of home cooking but since using the Global knife and block it's made it a more pleasurable experience having a knife that actually feels good to hold and is so sharp compared to everything else I have. I was actually quite scared at first time I'd be cutting my fingers like the MasterChef contestants but so far so good and I'm getting more used to using it now.
The knife has performed well in general fruit and vegetable cutting but there's one test that seems to beat all knives I've tried it with and that's when you very slowing press the blade down on a tomato without a slicing motion. It must be something about the skin of a tomato that's resilient to knife blades when you're not using it in a slicing action. Eventually it did slice through and did it quite cleanly. I'm thankfully very happy with the Global Cooks Knife and Butchers Block which have performed well to my expectations and have become a great asset to my kitchen. I could probably put away all my other knives and just use this one with the block for most tasks. I find the block is a good size, not being too small or too large to be able to pickup and wash. It's also very sturdy having four rubber feet. I've yet to try the Global minosharp water sharpener because the knife is still sharp and I'm also scared I might blunt my knife from using it which I guess is a silly thing to think. My philosophy is if it ain't broke don't fix it but perhaps I should be using the sharpener all the time to help maintain the sharp edge better — any advice?
PROS: Knife is very sharp, well designed and comfortable to hold. Butchers block is sturdy with rubber legs, has a large surface area, handy grooves on side for picking up and holds up well to cutting.
CONS: Butchers Board can be a little heavy to lift and awkward to wash down in a small sink but it's built to last.
MUST TRY: Testing the Global minosharp water sharpener but I'm fearing I'll do it wrong and blunt my knife
VERDICT: Would definitely recommend the knife and butchers block. Would make a great Christmas present for any foodie that loves to cook at home.
|Global 2pc Starter Set ($109.95) and Stanley Rogers Acacia Butchers Block ($55.95)|
|Global Cooks Knife 20 cm — responsible for all those bleeding fingers on MasterChef|
|Global minosharp water sharpener|
|Stanley Rogers Acacia Butchers Block ($55.95)|
|Handy side grip for picking up and moving around the bench|
|Rubber feet make it very sturdy to cut on|
|Apparently natural wood can kill bacteria — how's that work?|
|Back edge of knife flat making it suitable for scraping cuttings off board|
|Passed the paper test|
|None of my knives have ever cut an apple this fine before|
|Cleanly cuts and doesn't squash bread. So sharp it left the paper underneath sliced up|
|Good sized board to work with cutting up watermelon|
|Lots of area for cutting|
|Try the tomato test on your knives|
|After a bit of pressure the knife followed through and cut cleanly|
|Who else cries when they cut onions?|
|Suitable for my magnetic wall holder and a great addition to the kitchen|