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Published on December 19th, 2012 | by Greg


Christmas Cutlery: Messermeister San Moritz Elite 8″ Stealth

Whether you're at home for the holidays or making your own traditions, you'll probably be spending some time in the kitchen. We plan on cooking up some Christmas favorites, and there's nothing like the big festival meal to show off some new tools, especially ones that are sharp and to the point. We've been testing out three knives recently and will cover each of them in turn- in the previous pieces, we looked at the G2 6-inch Chef's Knife and the Kyocera 6″ Ceramic Nakiri Knife.

And now we've got the Messermeister San Moritz Elite 8″ Stealth Chef's Knife to test. The most expensive of the three, it's also the largest at eight inches instead of six, and felt the most classic- and classy. Traditionally made in Germany via the "original hot-drop, hammer forging method", the stealth in the title refers to the claim that this blade offers "the sharpest edge of all forged German knives." We were eager to put the claim to the cutting board.

And while the ceramic knife wasn't suitable for use on boned meats, this one could mince vegetables, and fillet fish like a champ. The length means that it's best for chef's who are a bit more serious, as it can take some time to get used to the size and heft of a larger blade. The heaviest of the three as well, by far, this blade weighs about .85 pounds. The tip was one of the sharpest we've seen, and though we generally prefer the appearance of Damascus-style steel on larger blades, the ergonomic shaping on the molded handle was both attractive and comfortable.

Messermeister also manufactures sets and cutlery for every need, including ones with wooden handles, Santoku and paring knives, and cleavers for professionals. We used this knife as out all-arounder, and while it took the most effort to get started, it was by far the best at heavier-duty tasks, making it a great purchase for someone who really wants a single great piece that they can turn to for every occasion. We'd suggest splurging a bit and picking up this one if you are looking for a one-size-meets-all knife that will hold up well, and get most any job done in your kitchen. Available now for around $130.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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