Pros: incredibly sharp, perfect balance, light weight, cool looks, all-metal
Cons: pricey, but you get what you pay for
Kitchen knives are something that all of us use, and almost as many of us take for granted. Most people use those cheap (and dangerous) pieces of stamped cutlery one would find in the gadget aisle at their local supermarket along with disposable vegetable peelers and neon-colored chip-clips. But you, epinions reader, are different, for you have taken the time and effort to quest for something better. Head East toward Japan, but forget about Ginsu. You're going Global.
What sets Global apart.
Any good knife will have even balance, high-quality steel (or ceramic) blade, a comfortable, durable handle, and the ability to be sharpened. But its in how Global achieves these goals that sets them apart.
Global knives are crafted to be a single piece of metal, and the weight of the handle section is perfectly matched to the weight of the blade section. This way you can wield the knife more comfortably for longer periods of time, and it also makes your cutting more precise.
The Global blade is made from a thin, lightweight, yet very strong high-carbon steel. The blades utilize molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel, are ice tempered and hardened to Rockwell C56-58 (degrees) and that makes them hold a razor sharp edge longer than any other steel, as well as resist rust, stains and corrosion.
The Global handles are part of the one-piece knife construction. There is no wood to warp or wear, and the dimpled handle provides a semi non-slip grip, while at the same time looks really, really cool.
I have the 8" deep bread slicer, and I can honestly say its the sharpest knife I've ever used. Its serrated blade cuts so well that you can just about push it through a loaf of crusty bread, as opposed to having to saw with it, like most bread knives. Its deep shape functions much like an offset bread knife so you can cut all the way through something without your knuckles smashing on the cutting board. I've used this "bread knife" for tomatoes and steaks in addition to bread, and it handled everything with extreme ease.
Because the metal of Global knives is harder than most other fine cutlery, you need to get a special "sharpening" steel than the one you may already have. Global sells a special ceramic (harder than metal) steel that is perfect for the Global knives, and work just fine with any others you may have. They also sell a nice array of whetstones for those of you who are so inclined to do all your own sharpening.
How I came to Global.
I'd seen Global knives on TV, and read a lot about them over the past few years. I was very impressed by their qualities mentioned above, plus they look cooler than any other knife out there. They're also rated #1 in sharpness by some European publications. Since there are so many great knives out there, I own a few of several different brands to take advantage of the best each has to offer. I have three Wusthof-Trident knives, one Kyocera Ceramic knife, and now my new Global knife. I couldn't pick one as a favorite, but when it comes to bread and tomatoes, I reach for the Global first.
Global makes such a high quality knife, that you absolutely can't go wrong with buying one, or a few. The knives are pricey, but its consistent with their quality. If you'd like to try one out in your own kitchen, you really can't go wrong with the 5.25" utility knife for about $40. I think you'll be very pleased, and find yourself getting more of them. Be a kitchen Samuri with a fine Japanese Global sword.