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    What knife to take to a holiday rental?

    Kitchen knives in holiday rentals are always so terrible. They look similar to real knives but are incapable of slicing a tomato.

    I don't want to pack my Global knife block so I'm looking for recommendations for a decent knife that I can pack and carry easily.

    This forum has never let me down yet.

    Knives out!

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    Just buy a set of these:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Taylors-Eye...3773746&sr=8-4

    I bought their Bistro Set for a rental flat for work - they're pretty good.

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    I suppose it depends on how much cooking you plan to doÖ holidays for me mean no cooking, go out to eat, or get the help to do it for you, let someone else do all the hard work.
    I have to be honest is not something that has ever crossed my mind.
    Blunt knife = sharpen it on the bottom of a cup.
    If cooking on a Braai use a pen / pocket knife

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    Generally carrying or transporting knives in a car is pretty much the same as carrying it in public. You have to have a very good reason that may have to stand up in court.

    https://www.gov.uk/buying-carrying-knives

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    when you get there just goto a local shop and buy a cheap sharp knife , leave it there when you leave.

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    If you have decent knives at home, bring them with you. I do so occasionally, but mostly I'll take a variety of folders that I bought for holiday kitchen purposes. Always good to have a reason to buy more knives in tasty steels and formats (like the Spyderco Spydiechef).

    Quote Originally Posted by noTAGlove View Post
    Generally carrying or transporting knives in a car is pretty much the same as carrying it in public. You have to have a very good reason that may have to stand up in court.

    https://www.gov.uk/buying-carrying-knives
    Taking them to where you're staying should be perfectly OK, as they're kitchen knives the OP's intending to use in the rental's kitchen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noTAGlove View Post
    Generally carrying or transporting knives in a car is pretty much the same as carrying it in public. You have to have a very good reason that may have to stand up in court.

    https://www.gov.uk/buying-carrying-knives

    Taking kitchen knives on holiday is a perfectly valid reason (not on the dashboard obv)

    Look at every campervan/motorhome/caravan .............

    Let's not get carried away here............

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    Get a cheap Arcos knife set on Amazon, they will be sharp for the length of your holiday
    Last edited by Franco; 15th June 2021 at 18:13.

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    Victorinox and Opinel also make extremely good kitchen knives for a small budget, plenty good enough to make you want to bring them back from your holidays.
    'Against stupidity, the gods themselves struggle in vain' - Schiller.

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    Buy an "oil stone " and sharpen the blunt instruments there.

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    Probably best to never go anywhere and just stay at home with all the kitchen knives close at hand and the required sharpening device.


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    I tend to simply pop down to the local Tesco. Even a cheap knife from there is passable for a fortnight. I also buy a non-stick frying pan.

    I can muster through with everything else.

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    Take a sharpener with you, the next tenants will be grateful as well

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    I bought one of these a few years ago. Less than £8 currently, very sharp and has a protective sheath, so good for travelling.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005L13L7C/

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    Quote Originally Posted by monogroover View Post
    I bought one of these a few years ago. Less than £8 currently, very sharp and has a protective sheath, so good for travelling.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005L13L7C/
    The problem there is, what colour? So, in true TZ style, 1 of each, I suppose...

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    Thinking about this a bit more (bake off is on) surely one of the cheap ceramic knives from TK Max would be perfect?
    The usually come with a protective case, they donít need sharpening and they are cheap. If I had your dilemma thatís what I would look for.

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    When I lived away from home during week in a flat, I bought Wusthofs budget Gourmet chefs knife, which was less than half the price of their traditional Classic range. It’s now my favourite chefs knife as I got used to the lighter weight, and is doing a stellar job to this day. Transporting it is easy - wrap in a tea towel, chuck in a box or case, jobs a good un.

    *Or* you could try the folding titanium route:

    https://heinnie.com/spyderco-spydiechef-titanium
    Last edited by MattMM; 15th June 2021 at 21:04.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monogroover View Post
    I bought one of these a few years ago. Less than £8 currently, very sharp and has a protective sheath, so good for travelling.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005L13L7C/
    This.

    Not as long as I normally use but fine for holiday, very sharp and the sheath makes packing it a non event.

    And which colour, the cheapest of course, and a bright one might help you not leave it behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post
    Victorinox and Opinel also make extremely good kitchen knives for a small budget, plenty good enough to make you want to bring them back from your holidays.
    +1
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=victorinox+knife -- pick what you need and you should be happy for the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geordie View Post
    Take a sharpener with you, the next tenants will be grateful as well
    Exactly - these are very good and will return a decent edge with minimum of fuss/skill
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wusthof-2-S...%2C194&sr=8-26

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    Quote Originally Posted by pugster View Post
    when you get there just goto a local shop and buy a cheap sharp knife , leave it there when you leave.
    ^^^ This ^^^

    I do it every year in France - go to the local hardware store and buy a set for Ä10 or whatever and they do the job for two weeks. Leave them when we go.

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    Victorinox £9. Very good for toms and soft fruit. I always take a small cast iron frying pan, bread knife and a small straight bladed knife. Quality of items in rental houses has improved over the years IMO. Owners don't like neg reviews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monogroover View Post
    I bought one of these a few years ago. Less than £8 currently, very sharp and has a protective sheath, so good for travelling.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005L13L7C/
    Team that one up with their utility knife: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00T34V6S...ter_B06VTRLBFZ if you would like a longer blade.

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    £3.60 perfect for toms
    https://www.nobleexpress.co.uk/cp/ge...hoCzx0QAvD_BwE

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    Quote Originally Posted by pugster View Post
    when you get there just goto a local shop and buy a cheap sharp knife , leave it there when you leave.
    ^^^This^^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinnlover View Post
    I suppose it depends on how much cooking you plan to doÖ holidays for me mean no cooking, go out to eat, or get the help to do it for you, let someone else do all the hard work.
    I have to be honest is not something that has ever crossed my mind.
    Blunt knife = sharpen it on the bottom of a cup.
    If cooking on a Braai use a pen / pocket knife
    When we go on extended family short breaks at Center Parcs I like to spend a day in the lodge cooking amazing food for everyone while they are all doing energetic stuff. For me that is as relaxing as it gets. Each to their own!

    I take a big box of kitchen essentials with meÖ

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    Quote Originally Posted by draftsmann View Post
    When we go on extended family short breaks at Center Parcs I like to spend a day in the lodge cooking amazing food for everyone while they are all doing energetic stuff. For me that is as relaxing as it gets. Each to their own!

    I take a big box of kitchen essentials with meÖ
    I am much the same and love actually having more time to cook, plus I enjoy feeding people, but would not enjoy doing so without a decent knife.
    I just take my Global chef's knife with me to whatever cottage I am staying in.

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    I just bring my knife sharpener with me.

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    As previously stated, an Opinel.
    Loads of different sizes, and every time you use it back home itís going to remind you of the holiday
    Win-win.
    And buy one of those little key-ring sized sharpeners w
    Itís the two angled ceramic rods- theyíre really good

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweeney View Post
    I just bring my knife sharpener with me.
    I use the just eat app
    I FEEL LIKE I'M DIAGONALLY PARKED IN A PARALLEL UNIVERSE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinnlover View Post
    Thinking about this a bit more (bake off is on) surely one of the cheap ceramic knives from TK Max would be perfect?
    The usually come with a protective case, they donít need sharpening and they are cheap. If I had your dilemma thatís what I would look for.
    It would seem TK MAXX no longer stock kitchen knives, goodness only knows where the stock went, maybe to bored schoolkids to help with their various hobbies??

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