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This is a well balanced knife that has a good hold on it. It is also very lightweight.
This is an exceptionally sharp knife useful for cutting many things, especially a big turkey. We have been going through a lot of turkeys lately because we all love turkey. It was funny one night recently when we placed a Subway order for sandwiches and we realized we had 5 variations of turkey sandwiches. We just tend to like turkey.
This makes it a lot easier to slice turkey both for serving and for sandwiches. It is better than the electric knife we used years ago. (No one tell Grandma.)
This also makes it extraordinarily easy to cut up big pieces of meat, especially for putting into a slow cooker for the day.
I have limited storage space in my kitchen so anything I buy really has to perform multiple functions. This knife does really well on some hard to cut veg, like butternut squash or pumpkin. It also is great for trimming meat or cutting through soft bones, like cooked pork or fish. Overall though I find it a bit to specialized and awkward to store.
The blade is sharp and the knife is the mercer quality I've come to expect. I have several mercer knives and they are my go to favorites.
Since this past summer, I've been on a quest for a brisket-worthy granton knife. I started off with the
14" Mercer Millennia
which had started out wonderfully sharp, but quickly lost its edge. I also didn't like that it was kind of floppy, and the handle felt cheap.
I needed an upgrade. So, I picked up the
12" Dalstrong Gladiator granton knife
after going back and forth over whether or not to try the similarly-priced
12" Victorinox Fibrox Pro granton knife
. The Dalstrong was packaged beautifully, had a very comfortable handle, and an incredibly dull blade out of the box. They sent me a replacement which, shockingly, was even worse!
So when I saw this, I went back to thinking about how well that 14" Mercer knocked through the bark of a brisket that had been smoking for 18 hours with absolute ease. And how I was butchering fat caps on the brisket before I began smoking them, and overall, just how much I liked that 14".
Well, this is even better.
Everything I loved about that 14" Mercer is true here. It just glides through a brisket, bark and all. But the cimeter design makes it so much easier when you're at the end of a cut. I was getting super thin slices of brisket going, without losing the bark, and without having to press hard and force the smoky juices out of the meat.
It was brilliant. And the handle! WOW! What a comfortable handle! There's the slightest bit of "squish" to it, and the ergonomics make it feel like it was custom made just for me. I can't believe you get this kind of quality for this kind of price.
That's not to say there isn't a drawback, though. The cimeter shape makes safety a bit of a bear with this knife. The included guard is more of a clip. So, it's really easy for the sharp point of the cimeter to wiggle its way out of the guard, if you're keeping this in a drawer. I'd invest in a full blade guard, if I were you. (I'd link one, but I haven't found one that'll fit quite yet.)
Overall, this is good enough for someone doing competitive smoking, and if you're starting out, you owe it to yourself to spend just a little bit more than the plastic-handle grantons that Mercer sells, and get this. You won't regret owning it, and you definitely won't regret being stuck with a cheap knife, when you realize the time has come to step up to something better.
I'll say right off the bat that I don't care for the handle. I've been slowly replacing my cheap kitchen knives with higher quality versions, and the lightweight plastic handle gives this a feel that's much less solid than my nicer knives. It seems to cut well, but to be honest I feel like the curvature does it a little of a disservice when slicing meat. Comparing this to my
Victorianox 12" Slicing Knife
, despite the fact that they're so similar in feel that I wonder if there's a common manufacturer in there somewhere, I will tend to reach for the Victorianox because the straight blade feels so much better when slicing.
You generally get what you pay for with knives, and I do think this knife is a good buy if it's something you need in your arsenal. I'm just not sure I've found a task for it in my kitchen that can't be done better with something else.