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10" Cook's Knife from Tramontina's Professional Forged Cutlery Line. Stain-free, high-carbon steel, precision-honed fine edge. Taper ground, solid bolster, nylon handle. Full-tang construction with 3 solid stainless rivets. Lifetime warranty. Made in Brazil. NSF Certified. For restaurant or home use. Tramontina Professional forged knives undergo a precision manufacturing process consistent with the highest standards for professional kitchen cutlery, forged from a single solid piece of premium high-carbon stainless steel for unrivaled strength and durability. The design of the handle maintains the traditional style preferred by executive chefs with an ergonomic emphasis on perfect balance and a firm, comfortable grip. In December of 2007, Consumer Reports Magazine chose the 3 piece Professional Knife set as a BEST BUY. This is the 10 inch cooks knife from that award winning series..
10" Cook's Knife reviews
The ONLY place I've found Tramontina Professional Forged Cutlery is ABest Kitchen. The C-403/10 is, very simply, a great tool. While you CAN find the Tramontina Century knives elsewhere, they are in a different cost range.
I find a lot to like in this underappreciated gem. First, it came with an edge I felt no need to touch up, right out of the plastic packaging. I don't know how long that edge will last, but having used it lightly for a couple weeks, I get the impression it will be a while before I need to go to the stones.
Second, it has useful geometry. The fat part of the spine measures just slightly narrower than a Wusthof Classic at both the fat bolster end and narrow tip. The blade width is nice for my largish hands. It balances well at the normal pinch grip spot. The handle itself is not too skinny for my large hands nor too fat for those of my wife. The curve of the belly is just right for "rocking" cuts. The angle at the tip relative to the handle lends itself to easy work with that narrow part of the spine for fine cuts.
Third, it has nice finish details. The edges of the spine have been eased slightly, so they don't dig into fingers pinching the blade. Likewise, the back of the bolster is rounded and eased, increasing comfort at that part of the grip. The blade is polished enough for easy cleaning. The scales are very closely fit, again easing cleaning.
It would be nice if Tramontina provided a bit more detail about the knife. "High Carbon Stainless" is not very informative about what kind of steel is used. None of the packaging or Tramontina or ABest Kitchen literature says what angle the knife is sharpened to.
In spite of the flat platic packaging, the knife was dead straight along the spine on delivery. I'm sure the robust corrugated wrap from ABest Kitchen had something to do with the knife not getting bent in shipment.
Like the other reviewer here I think this is a great knife. I have found nothing to compete at this price. And I think it is competetive even with knives costing more. I suspect I will use my sharpening stones more often than buyers of higher priced knives. For me, that's a good trade-off.
I'll say it again: this is an underappreciated knife. I'm very impressed with ABest Kitchen for recognizing that and carrying this hard-to-find gem.
I own a set of "w" German knives, these are equal in quality and hold an edge very well. I highly recommend this knife.