The best knife set in an affordable budget

Admit it; whenever you go to the supermarket to buy some equipment, or simply some vegetables or fruits, you always think ‘where can I get more for less?’ Well, everyone is attracted to getting two things for the price of one, and that case is the same for kitchen accessories. Knives are very expensive, and one can cost from $10-$30, so admit it or not, you always keep a lookout for getting as many as possible in your budget, and that’s where knife sets come in.

A knife set is a set containing many different types of knives, ranging from regular to butcher ones. Usually the cheapest sets are made of stainless steel, but they are very fragile and can go blunt fairly quickly than others. Carbon steel is a better option if you have more money in your pockets, while Ceramic ones are for the rich ones or you if you’re planning to buy them. But the question arises, which is the best of the best in an affordable budget?

Well, if you ask about my opinion, the Chicago Cutlery Insignia2 is the best. Let’s look at in detail.

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The Chicago Cutlery Insignia2:

The Chicago cutlery insignia is perfect for those people who just want a pleasant experience without crying about their money while cutting onions. It comes in a block set, and is an 18-piece set, which not only includes knives, but also other important accessories. It contains paring, boning, utility, bread, santoku, chef’s, slicing, and forged steak knives, with accessories including shears, a sharpener and a block for storage. All the tools are extremely sharp, but are very light weight and comfortable to grip, making it good for the price range. The next paragraph is for people who are generally familiar with knives and their specifications, so skip it if you don’t want to get confused.

The blades are made of high-quality Carbon Steel, with heavy-duty bolsters, increasing the total resistance of the blade and handle against damage, while the triple rivets secure the polymer handles for better control and grip. Each knife measures an approximate of 8 by 7 by 13 inches, and is not suitable for a dishwasher, but can be easily cleaned through hand washing.

Most people don’t believe without seeing and are cautious, here’s the link for the product on Amazon. You can read the reviews and decide for yourself whether it’s the right choice for you or not.

Overall, in my opinion, this knife set is on par with some of the most expensive sets on Amazon and in markets, and is the best if you’re on a budget or simply want to buy some knives for yourself without going into the technicalities and stuff.

Thanks for reading!

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A Beautifully Orchestrated Professional Knife Set

In a single day, I spend ample time preparing food in the kitchen. For this reason, I have realized how important it is to have the best and the most professional knife set that is not only affordable, but also highly effective, durable and reliable.
In my passionate career as a professional chef, I have learnt that professional knives are vital kitchen instruments that require state of the art craftsmanship and manufacturing technology.

In any modern kitchen, having a great knife set is like having an off-road four wheel drive truck on a muddy terrain. The following professional knife sets are in my list of favorites;

1. The Wusthof Classic Ikon 11 piece Knife set

This is a professional looking black and silver knife set that have met all my chopping and slicing throughout my career. Most are the times I drop of items in the kitchen and break them. This means incurring tremendous maintenance costs. However, this knife set comes with a lifetime warranty hence I never spend a dime maintaining all the amazing 11 pieces.
In terms of comfort, all the knives in this set give me the best grip, which means no knife can ever fall off whenever I chop or slice like a pro.
All the knives in this set are made of high-carbon stainless steel which ensure they give my kitchen that desirable aesthetic look and also ensure all the blades stay sharp and clean for many years.

2. The Global Deluxe 6-piece Knife set

As a lover of a beautiful and charming kitchen, this professional knife set works miracles for me. For a fact, it is the most attractive set I have used in years. Made from top-notch Japanese stainless steel, the aesthetic quality of all the 6 knives is indisputable. It comes with a lifetime warranty hence I never have to worry about maintenance costs whenever I break one knife. In terms of comfort, every knife in this set has a hollow handle packed with silica which ensures perfect grip and balance.
Are you worried about sharpness? Well, I can assure you that all the knives in this set has razor-sharp blades that will remain intact for a long time.

3. The Henckels International Classic 15 Piece Knife set

I am a quality enthusiast who always go for the best. This set is undoubtedly my best in terms of quality of service. Apart from having a lifetime warranty, this set has super-sharp blades with unbreakable handles that provide exceptional comfort and outstanding balance. The carbon-impregnated stainless steel in all the 15 blades ensures durability. What else could you be looking for in a professional knife set?

Do you want a professional chopping experience? If you do, the above professional knife sets are worth your time and money. Good luck in your cooking!

Musical Instruments for the Hearing Impaired

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As Beethoven is one of my favorite musicians, this is an interesting piece to read from blogger deafeanedbutnotsilent.

Best and Worst Musical Instruments for People with Hearing Loss

As a hearing impaired audiologist, and amateur musician, I often get asked by parents to help select a musical instrument for their child with hearing loss.  Although I have not seen a specific research study analyzing this exact question, we can, based on what we know about hearing loss, make an educated recommendation.

Lets first take a look at some fundamental components of music.  These include Pitch, Timbre, Harmonics, Loudness, and Rhythm.

Pitch is the frequency of the sound, measured in Hz.  For example, middle C is 256 Hz.  When we hear a melody we hear changes in pitch. In Western music, the smallest unit of pitch change is the semi-tone and there are 12 semitones in one Western octave.

Unfortunately, people with hearing loss have reduced ability to recognize pitch due to the damage in the hair cells of the cochlea.  In other words, some people with hearing loss cannot tell the difference between two pitches that are close together.  They need larger and larger differences between two pitches before they can tell that they are different.

Harmonics are a series of tones that are multiples of the fundamental frequency.  So if I pluck a middle C on a guitar or a piano, you will not only hear the fundamental frequency of 256 Hz, but also mathematical multiples of the middle C such as 512 Hz.  Again, this is a pitch based perception task and is hard for people with hearing loss.

Timbre is the unique combination the pitch, harmonics, the attack and release times of the note, that gives each musical instrument its unique colour and character.  Timbre is what tells us a guitar is a guitar or a violin is a violin.  This can also be hard for people with hearing loss.

Intensity of sound is measured in decibels.  We perceive intensity as “loudness”.  Of course when we have a hearing loss, soft sounds are inaudible, but hearing aids and cochlear implants do a pretty good job of allowing us to hear the soft sounds again.

Finally rhythm is the arrangement of sounds in time.  It is the beat or pulse of the music, and fortunately, people with hearing loss can still perceive rhythm quite well.

So based on what we know about hearing loss and about the components of music, it is clear that we will have greater difficulty with instruments that require good pitch perception abilities.  Below are two suggested list of instruments.  The first is a list of good instruments to select for people with hearing loss.  The second is a list of instruments that may be too challenging for the hearing impaired ear.  These lists are based on theory and some practical personal experiences, but are only recommendations.  If you, or your hearing impaired child, have your heart set on playing a particular instrument, by all means give it a try.

  1. Piano.  Piano is a good instrument for people with hearing loss for many reasons.  First, it is professionally tuned, so you do not need to tune it up every time you play.  If it is out of tune, then then the other instruments playing with the piano, must be tuned to the piano, and not the other way around.  Moreover, it is kind of like typing.  You see a symbol on the music staff, and you have to hit the corresponding key of the keyboard.  The hard part about piano is the same for all people, whether they have a hearing loss to not, which is learning to read multiple note music.
  2. Acoustic or Classical Guitar.  Guitar has frets on it, which precisely cuts the string at the correct point to give the correct note.  Daily tuning is required, but the easy solution here is to buy an electronic tuner.  I also think acoustic guitar is easier on the impaired ear than electric guitar.
  3. Fretted Electric Bass Guitar.  The fretted electric bass also has frets that precisely cut the string at the correct point.  Interestedly, this is why Leo Fender, the inventor of  the first electric bass, called it the  “Precision” or “P-Bass”.  It was the first bass with frets.  With bass, one only plays one note at a time, making this easier on the ears to perceive.  Also, it is also a rhythm based instrument which should be easier for people with hearing loss.  (Although some people just have no rhythm period).
  4. Electric Guitar.  I ranked electric guitar lower than acoustic guitar because when used with a lot of distortion, it is hard to hear the notes through all those harmonics.  If you plan to play electric guitar, stick with genres like indy or popular music, and stay away from heavy metal, or hard-core.  However, a plus of electric guitar is that you can get an amp with a headphone jack and plug your FM system into that for practicing.
  5. Digital Drums.  One of the problems with drums is that they can get really loud and overload the microphones of the hearing aids and cochlear implants.  So this is what is nice about a digital drum kit.  You get a volume control that allows you to set the volume at a perfect level, not too loud or too soft.  Moreover, all the digital drum kits I have seen have headphone jacks to plug your FM system in.
  6. Flute.  General the woodwind instruments can be good choices because there are lots of keys that allow you to make the correct note more precisely.
  7. Clarinet. Same as flute
  8. Saxophone.  Same

Challenging Instruments to Play with Hearing Loss.

  1. Violin.  Violin does not have any frets on it.  It requires one to listen carefully to make sure you are pressing on the correct part of the fingerboard.   However, I have heard of people with hearing loss still successfully playing this instrument.  It all depends on your hearing capabilities.
  2. Viola.  Again, same as a violin
  3. Cello.  Same issue as violin.
  4. Upright or Fretless Bass.  Same as violin
  5. Trombone.  Trombone shares some of the same characteristics of a fretless string instrument.  One must move the slide to the correct point to produce the proper pitch and therefore requires good pitch perception.  Not easy on the ears.
  6. Acoustic Drums.  The reason I put acoustic drums on the “Challenging” list is that this is a very loud instrument.  Very loud sounds can over-saturate the microphone or the analog/digital converter in a hearing aid or cochlear implant.  This will make things sound really distorted.  Interestingly, when I play in my band, I actually try to move as far away from the drums as possible.  I still keep the beat using the device I made.  See this previous posting.
  7. Trumpet. Trumpet uses a combination of three buttons or valves to partially produce its pitch.  The other influence is the shape of the lips.  Therefore, it does require a bit of hearing pitch perception to make the correct note.  I successfully played trumpet when I was in high school, but I only had a moderate loss of hearing at that time.
  8. French Horn.  Similar issues to a trumpet.  However, I found that the shape of the lips affected the pitch more in a French Horn than trumpet.  Not sure why, but the French Horn players in our high school band had a harder time keeping pitch than the trumpet section.

So there you have it.  If you are currently playing an instrument and you have a hearing loss, please share your experiences!