How to identify a fake or low-grade product
Unfortunately, the Russian market is replete with fake knives from well-known companies and simply low-quality ones. In order not to become a victim of scammers or an unscrupulous manufacturer, you need to be aware of what a quality knife is. Only in this case the consumer will be able to make the right choice. So, here are some tips for choosing a kitchen knife.
Buy a kitchen knife only from a specialty store or department.
Why? There are three main reasons.
Firstly, the situation on the domestic market is such that it is possible to purchase a high-quality product only in a specialized store or department, since well-known sellers undoubtedly cooperate with equally well-known manufacturers. Here you can also get expert advice and, probably, most importantly, you will have a guarantee for this product. For those who disagree for less, the market, shops and the like are not an option.
Secondly, a quality kitchen knife is based on a steel model. The manufacturer keeps the formula for making steel a secret. Therefore, the consumer can focus on environmental friendliness and health safety (absence of toxic substances) used in the manufacture of the knife materials. Naturally, if these factors are not unimportant to you, you will prefer a store with its security control guarantee. Often hand-bought knives are made of material that is generally not intended for this type of product, for example, material for saws.
Thirdly, all knife products that are on the free sale must have a certificate corresponding to the certificate specifically for knives for household purposes. Thus, if you buy a simple, seemingly harmless kitchen knife, then without the above certificate, it can be classified as a cold weapon. So the conclusion is clear: buy certified knives.
Let's talk about the quality of kitchen knives. There is such a concept "culture of production", it is either inherited or achieved by experience. Such things cannot be bought. A good knife lacks various protrusions, gaps, etc. There are no chips or cracks in the places where the blade is attached to the handle. The design should provide for ease of use and aesthetic beauty of the product. Such features, do not forget, also affect the price of the knife. What should be the packaging? Comfortable and beautiful. In general, well-known companies pay a lot of attention to nuances and trifles, which is very pleasant for the buyer. Firms with many years of experience know firsthand what long-term profit and prestige are.
Pay attention to the peculiarities of applying the logo and stamp on the knife. This is usually electrochemical or etching, not cheap stamping. The stamp should be gray or black, as if painted. The inscriptions are clear, uniformly colored, without distortions. On the stamped knife, the inscriptions are pressed into the surface of the blade.
Avoid buying unsharpened knives
Of course, the knife must be sharpened. After all, otherwise we may doubt the quality of the product or, in the case of a purchase, sharpen it incorrectly. It is all the more difficult if there is no special tool for this.
Avoid knives without specifying the brand and country of origin.
Indeed, why should a well-known and popular company be modest, hiding its involvement in the manufacture of products? This means that we can rest assured that we will find information about the manufacturer, logo and brand name on the knife stamp. And also there may be instructions for the model and production technology of this knife. Agree, the more information, the more confidence the buyer has in the company.It became fashionable to put words on a knife. Which are on everyone's lips, which cause approval and improperly testify to the high quality of the product. For example, Solingen. Solingen is a geographical name, a place in Germany, where traditionally - the production of high quality knives. But this word in itself does not say anything. After all, a manufacturer can register in this Solingen, and produce a product in a completely different place and of a different quality. Therefore, try to find out as much as possible about the product and the company before buying.
Don't buy knives just because of the low price
It is tempting to buy cheap stuff. But how long will such a thing last? As practice shows, not more than a year. And by the way, if the retail price is so low, what can we say about the cost price? If the company saved on metal, the handle will fall off first, and the part of the blade entering it will be short.
In the subways, there is no shortage of offers to buy a set of knives (10 pieces in a set) for 200 rubles. Why is the price so low? This is confiscated, the seller replies. Often the same seller speaks of "Japanese design" without answering, for some reason, the question about the country of origin. Is it worth asking in this case about production technology, etc.? The legend about "laser" and then "manual" sharpening is also a standard advertising gimmick. There is no laser sharpening, there is sharpening, where laser control devices are used to ensure uniform sharpening along the entire length of the cutting edge.
Not sharpening is done manually, but the final straightening and removal of metal residues. These knives were packed in a bright colorful cardboard box, on which the inscriptions are clear and duplicated on the inner surface. But on the inside, the letters are blurred, not readable. Lots of advertising signs (fine stainless steel, japan design and handmade).
and none at all about the manufacturer's address.
The knives themselves only multiply suspicions about their origin. There are cracks on the handles, there are gaps between the handle and the blade, for some reason all knives, except for cheese and chef's, had p. a cutting edge with a fine-toothed saw. Whereas it is needed only for some types of knives. Perhaps it was applied by stamping in order to hide the poor quality of the steel. Yes, such knives will cut normally, but until the blade dulls. But such knives cannot be sharpened due to the soft steel.
The last, so to speak, straw was the examination of the inscriptions on the knives. All that was there was a logo and the same advertising inscriptions. Moreover, the inscriptions are stamped, as you can see, even limited to external inspection, it is easy to identify the quality of the goods.