Is it okay to use different brands of knives in a professional kitchen?

Discussion in 'Cooking Knife Reviews' started by christian holmes, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. Hey all,

    My name is Christian, and this is my first post on ChefTalk. I am a culinary student in San Francisco, just getting started.

    I was wondering, is it common to find a cook in a professional kitchen with many different brands making up their knife set? For instance: I was issued a full set of Mercer's when I started school, but I'd like to buy a victorinox chefs knife to use instead of the Mercer.

    Would changing up the brands mess up my muscle memory for cutting and gripping and whatnot? Sorry if this seems like a basic question.

    Thanks for your help!
  2. So sorry! I accidentally posted this four times. Hiccup with my computer. Can I delete threads? Or will admins do it eventually? Hope I don't get kicked out or something. It was a genuine mistake.
  3. boar_d_laze


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    It's very common to use different brands, and probably more common than not. 

    A lot of cooks in high-end kitchens are using primo chef's knives and a motley of less expensive everything else.

    Your best choices depend on what you do, what you like and what you can afford.  And remember, a knife isn't a life sentence.  If and when you run across something you like better than what you have, no law says you can't buy it. 

  4. Thanks BDL,

    I guess I just need to chill out and stop worrying about what is proper. The first day of culinary school I asked my chef if it was okay if we replaced our standard-issue plastic spoon with a wooden one.

    "As long as you do the work and pay attention, I don't care if you bring a spoon made of gold!" is what he said. I guess that's the sentiment of the rest of the industry as well...?
  5. gunnar


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    dam straight. Use a paper shredder if you can figure out how, get your job done and learn what your doing.