This is a listing of the knife sets available to you as a student of Mesa Community College Culinary Arts Program. We only carry knives that are of a quality suitable for work in a Professional kitchen, and as such the basic kit will suffice your needs. We have afforded various options based on the following criteria:
1) The basic set consists of Forschner (Victorinox) stamped knives. These knives are designed for industry professionals, particularly meat and poultry processors. The steel is softer than a forged knife, can be easily sharpened, and to a very keen edge. In the industry, this is considered a five year knife. Meaning that after many sharpenings, the blade becomes small and thick and should be replaced.
3) You may choose to upgrade all of your knives to Mercer Genesis.
4) Upgrade all knives to Messermeister Meridian Elite’ , a premium German knife. There are several distinct advantages to this brand. The bolster has been modified away from the edge of the blade. This makes for much easier sharpening. The angle of the bevel is set at 17 degrees, as opposed to the traditional 22. Lifetime warranty and free factory re-sharpening from Ojai, CA. So it is close and convenient for us here in San Diego. Best Camber (rocking angle of the blade) of any chef knife.