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  1. Many of us grew up with the aluminum handle stainless blade ubiquitous paring knives in our parents and grand parents kitchens. Ones that look like this: I always liked these knives and I have been using some from my grandmother's and mother's estate for quite a while. They stay remarkable sharp. The main thing I do not like about them is that over time the brushed aluminum handle gets oxidized and feels "funny" in the hand. I always wondered if the company was still around that made them. Well... some time back from another post on this forum I learned that knives were made by Rada Cutlery (http://www.radacutlery.com) and that they are still in business. According to their website " Rada Cutlery products are 100% American Made – from raw materials through construction." Blades are surgical quality T420 high carbon stainless steel. In browsing their web site i found out that the original aluminum handle style is still available but that they also now have a black resin handle version. They also have a wide range of types including some nice specialty knives not readily found elsewhere. Here is a picture of some of the ones I recently bought direct from Rada through their website. An existing aluminum handle version is in the bottom of the picture for reference. I like this resin handle style and if they hold up at all like the others have, then my grand kids will some day be using them.They stay sharp for an extremely long time. I also bought their simple knife sharpener and for their knives (and probably others too) works very well, based on touching up one of grandma's old knives, to maintain the edge when it (eventually) becomes necessary. Just thought I would post this especially for those of us who grew up with these "old school" utility knives that were bought through fund raisers and independent sellers and the "sales parties" of the day. I recommend the Rada products. I am sure you would enjoy some too!
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