What is the best stainless steel to use for knives?

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Lou Fasullo asked the Naked Scientists:
   
What is the best stainless steel to use for knives. Recently I went to buy some high-end knives made of 440a stainless steel. These knives are very expensive at over $1500; am I a getting a good deal?

What do you think?

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« Reply #1 on: 28/10/2009 14:54:15 »
I think Ceramic knives are better
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« Reply #2 on: 28/10/2009 16:40:25 »
STONE THE CROWS!!!!! $1500?????

I'm not so sure that even a Michelin starred chef would pay that much. Who are you cooking for? Kings, Queens, Presidents....... GOD!!!!
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« Reply #3 on: 28/10/2009 18:59:26 »
Lou,
Are you posting from somewhere where the local currency is the $ but not the US $?
I think I could refit my whole kitchen for 1500 USD.
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« Reply #4 on: 28/10/2009 20:11:21 »
Have a look at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stainless_steel#Stainless_steel_grades

This basically says that while 440A is the most stain resistant, 440C is better for knives as it is stronger and allows a better edge.

Decide whether stain resistance is the most important factor and if not, find some 440C knives and compare their price with the 440A ones.
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« Reply #5 on: 29/10/2009 09:12:47 »
$1500 !!!!! Did you miss a decimal point, or are you intending to cook for God???

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« Reply #6 on: 29/10/2009 11:14:53 »
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« Reply #7 on: 29/10/2009 12:58:26 »
No offence intended to Christians, Jews, Muslims or Michelangelo.
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Hell no! Of course not.

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