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4 Smart Buys for Any Home Chef at Sur La Table's Warehouse Sale

Now is the time to invest in a good all-purpose knife and Dutch oven.

Do cooking shows and the holidays inspire you to spend more time in the kitchen? Then perhaps it's time to check out the Sur La Table Warehouse Sale. The store is now cutting up to 75% off select items in its clearance section, and there are quite a few staples for budding chefs.

Below are our top picks from the sale that anyone looking to up their cooking game can appreciate. Note that all items ship free (unless otherwise specified) when you apply coupon code "SHIPFREE" at checkout.

Best Things to Buy During Sur La Table's Sale

Sizzle on the Stove Top

Scanpan Evolution 8" and 9.5" Skillet Set for $99.96 (a low by $28)

This Danish cooking brand has been producing its wares for 60 years now, and the skillets are especially well rated. Plus, they come with a lifetime warranty!

Bigger Is Better

All-Clad Cast-Aluminum Nonstick 6.5-Quart Dutch Oven for $99.96 ($120 off)

Previously, you could only get a 5-quart version of this pan at Sur La Table for this price. Today, you can size up to a larger 6.5-quart option. The thick-wallet Dutch oven is ideal for long-cooking meals, like a stew or roast.

Stylish Cookware

Sur La Table Lightweight 8-Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven for $99.96 ($100 off)

Typically, an enameled cast iron Dutch oven like this — which is in the style of the famed Le Creuset — will cost closer to $200. The shiny finish offers a cheerful pop of color, so we recommend storing it where everyone can see.

A Knife for All Purposes

Shun Classic Hollow-Edge 7" Santoku Knife for $99.96 ($75 off)

Every home chef should have a good quality all-purpose knife, and the Santoku style is a popular option originating from Japan. This lightweight knife comes with lifetime sharpening from Shun.

Not finding what you want? Check out the complete Sur La Table Warehouse Sale here, and let us know what you're planning on buying!

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Lindsay Sakraida specializes in writing about retail trends and lifestyle subjects. She's also obsessed with music, movies, and tennis. Follow her on Twitter at @LinSakraida.
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Lindsay Sakraida (DealNews)
@VashTheStampede Aw, sorry to hear you can't take advantage of the sale price. Hopefully it'll go on sale again later when you have the funds.

What kind of guitar did you get?!
Vash The Stampede
I'd love that Shun Classic Santoku. It's been on my wish list for a while. However I got a deal on a guitar that I couldn't pass up and now the bank is dry. I have the Shun Classic Honesuki and it is fantastic. It takes and keeps a great edge. I scored it at half price a little while back. The d-shaped handle on the Shun Classic Series is very comfortable in the hand. That is if you are right handed. There is no other knife I would rather have added to my kitchen than that Santoku. I really wish I had the funds right now.
There are no modern knives with true Damascus blades; due to the secrecy with which they guarded their methods, the technology was lost in the 16th century has never been fully reproduced. So all modern Damascus is "fake." The closest is pattern-welded steel, which, while beautiful to look at (and the pattern effect itself will be more durable than on the Shun), don't necessarily perform better than other forged blades. this Shun uses a VG10 alloy in its core (which forms the sharpened edge) with a Rockwell hardness of 60-61. That's 30-40% harder than most German knives, which run 57-58 (I still like German knives for other reasons/uses). Pattern welded steels vary, but are usually 57-60s. Few steels used in cutlery are harder than VG10, and they are often more brittle (dull slower, but chip if not careful).

In short, ayman hu's implication is 180 degrees wrong: modern knives made of VG10, CPM S30V, or SG2 are MUCH harder, tougher, and sharper than older blades (even Damascus).
ayman hu
The knife is not a damascus blade like those made in the Middle East and India in the Middle Ages. Instead, they are laminated knives clad with a steel with a damascus-like pattern, mainly for aesthetic reasons. In other words, these knives look like Damascus blades but are not Damascus blades. There is a huge difference in the strength, hardness, and sharpness of the edge. buyers need to be aware of the difference.
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