Thoughts/Suggestions for Improving the knife discussion here?

Discussion in 'Cooking Knife Reviews' started by nicko, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. nicko

    nicko Founder of Cheftalk.com Staff Member

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    Asking everyone who participates here how we might improve the knife discussions forums here on ChefTalk. Feel free to post honestly about what you think might improve the chef knife community and discussion forum here at ChefTalk. Specially shout out for suggestions from the forum heavy hitters. @Galley Swiller  , @Phaedrus  , @MillionsKnives  , @Rick Alan  , @ordo  , @Benuser  . Sorry if I missed anyone.

    Couple things to spark discussion. 
    • Would having sub forums be useful?
    • Regular reviews of different products?
    • Any industry professional you would like to have as part of the forums to discuss products? In the past we have had various chefs and food experts join the forums to discuss topics we can do this with knives but need your input.
    • Your idea... Post it here.
    Thanks for all the great discussions here it really has been a huge help to the community and also to people looking for information about knives. Guess I am just wondering if we can make it better and improve.

    Thanks,

    Nicko
     
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  2. ordo

    ordo

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    A sticky: Your First Japanese Knife, with a lot of CT searches, info, advices, etc. about the subject.

    Same about Sharpening Your Knife. 
     
  3. mike9

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    Just a thought, but first of all this is not a knife forum per se so the mix of the curious to the hard core knife knuts is greater than at say CKTG, or KKF.  There could be sub forums on sharpening, different types of knives and their function and what steel/heat treat is optimal for a given task.  You might take a look at those to forums to get some ideas of subs.  KKF has a great questionnaire for those looking for a new type of knife, or a first serious knife.  It gives others in the know something to base suggestions on.
     
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  4. millionsknives

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    I am on KKF also, and I like that it is more about cooking here than collecting.  That's really the big selling point of cheftalk and can set this knife subforum apart.

    Mostly here we discuss knives that you would be willing to actually use.  Ones that will get banged up a little, sharpened, scratched, taken to work.  We don't talk as much about custom makers, $200+ handles, etc.

    I second the sticky idea that @ordo brought up.
     
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  5. nicko

    nicko Founder of Cheftalk.com Staff Member

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    @ordo  Great idea, do you have a specific thread you are referring to or are there many that need to come under one heading. What we could do it create a tagged topic so we end up with something like this.

    We did this for all of the Macaron discussions:

    http://www.cheftalk.com/tag/macarons

    Cooking Salmon

    http://www.cheftalk.com/tag/cooking-salmon

    So if you guys could help me compile a list of threads, reviews, products etc I can get this together and set up a sticky.
     
  6. rick alan

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    I second the thoughts of Ordo and Millions.  CT is more about cooking, and the stickynotes would really help folks.

    The SN's placed at the header of the knives forums can contain the questionaires and group links to past discussions in terms of choosing what has been said about various knives and their makers, steels, sharpening, etc.

    I believe for our purpose this would better serve than sub-forums.

    Rick
     
  7. millionsknives

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    @Nicko,   If you do end up making a new sticky,  I wrote an article that I think should be required background reading for the "what knife should I buy?" thread.  It helps the recommenders if the poster knows what they are looking for.  Otherwise, we'll always give the same recommendations of best price/performance 

    http://www.knifeplanet.net/best-japanese-chef-knives-gyuto/ 

    I don't want to spam my own article or anything, only if you're linking other stuff in the sticky
     
  8. mike9

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  9. nicko

    nicko Founder of Cheftalk.com Staff Member

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    @MillionsKnives  The articles need to be on ChefTalk. /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif

    If you guys want to come up with a questionnaire for ChefTalk please start a "Wiki" these can be edited by all of you and then we can make it a sticky.
     
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  10. jacko9

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    Good idea that could be very useful for the cook that wants to expand their knife collection.  Too many sites are like a showroom filled with salesmen offering their best most expensive offerings.
     
  11. chefedb

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    Nicko   Why not have a separate forum for knives only  ChefEdB