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Calphalon Katana Stainless-Steel 8-Piece Knife Set with Block


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  • 8-piece Katana knife set by Calphalon
  • Includes 3-1/2-inch paring knife, 5-inch Santoku, 5-1/2-inch serrated utility, 6-inch utility, 8-inch chef's knife, kitchen shears, bamboo knife block, and diamond steel
  • Crafted from 33 layers of VG Japanese stainless steel; Damascus-style blade
  • Integrated bolster design and ergonomic poly-resin handles
  • Hand washing and prompt drying recommended; lifetime warranty


Product Details

  • Item Weight: 9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 10 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000AAT6ZK
  • Item model number: KNS08V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,468 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Named for the sacred sword carried by Japan's Samurai warriors, Calphalon Katana Series cutlery has its roots in a centuries-old tradition of superior cutlery craftsmanship. Like the awe-inspiring swords wielded by the Samurai, Calphalon Katana Series cutlery is crafted using a time-honored layering process that creates a Damascus style blade, clad with 33 stainless steel layers. This unique series of cutlery uses VG Japanese steel, which provides exceptional sharpness and ultimate edge retention. These knives also feature a patented integrated bolster design and an ergonomically designed poly-resign handle. This 8 piece Katana series set is an ideal combination for the kitchen. The set includes: a 3.5" Parer, 5" Santoku, 5.5" Serrated Utility, 6" Utility, 8" Chef's, Kitchen Shears, Bamboo Knife Block and a Diamond Steel.

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They fit well in my hand and feel very comfortable.
Kuma's Papa
Comparisons: We love our Katanas, and they make ordinary chopping/slicing a much more endurable chore with their sharpness and ease.
Jessica in NE
You can sharpen these knives to a steeper, Japanese style edge, and they will become very, very sharp.
marosi

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jessica in NE on October 22, 2007
Pros:
These knives are pretty, with a rounded black handle, and a layered damascus-style blade. This means the blade, while relatively smooth, has a wavy-layered look to it. The Amazon picture is accurate to what you will receive in your set. Out of the box, each knife is quite sharp; enough to shear paper, but not hair.

I have smaller hands, and have some trouble wielding the 8" chef's knife, but find that the 5" Santoku is excellent for chopping vegetables. The 6" utility knife is also very useful for thinly slicing meats. I do use a different paring knife (Pampered Chef) as I find the Katana paring knife a little too sharp and rigid for say, lopping the ends off string beans in my hand. We also made the additional purchase of the 9" bread knife to complete the set. The bamboo block is attractive, and the slots are wide and deep enough to put other wide-bladed/long knives in. However, note that if you get the bread knife, that only leaves 3 empty slots (i.e. no dedicated steak knife slots).

Cons:
Two slight cons about this set: (1) The diamond-sharpener looks too coarse to use on these blades, and; (2) The shears in this set are lackluster. While they are relatively heavy-duty, they do not come apart for cleaning, and the handles are a little large and unwieldy. I prefer a smaller-handled set of kitchen shears that come apart for cleaning (when I decide to cut meat instead of slicing it, a la Alton Brown). But in their defense, they do cut cleanly.

Comparisons:
We love our Katanas, and they make ordinary chopping/slicing a much more endurable chore with their sharpness and ease. If you are "stepping up" from an ordinary consumer-grade set, you will definitely feel the difference. For example, I had a $90, 10-piece Kitchenaid set.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. Haller on January 15, 2006
Couldn't resist the design, but to try these out first bought the 8" chefs bargain and then fell in love with the feel as well as the look and got the set with the storage block. Plan to expand to what is still missing (esp the honesuki and nikiri)

I find the handles a very comfortable fit, and the blades are so well balanced that I don't find them tiring at all. The parer is a precision instrument, and I love the santoku (both sizes). The sharpener is exactly that: so use with care and keep a honer handy as well for in between touch up. I used the small utility for getting every last bit of meat off of a turkey carcass after Christmas -- think the small honesuki might be even better for this task -- but the utility did a superb job and was easy on the wrists -- I find the short handles make for more finesse in handling and the knife seems to "go" where I want it more easily.

Not everyone will find these to their taste, but I think they are great!
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66 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Michael on September 26, 2005
I must say I'm a big fan of Calphalon. I own several pots and pans from both their tri-ply stainless steel and non-stick contemporary series and I love them and highly recommend them.

I bought these knives assuming that their quality in cookware would translate into cutlery. I ended up returning them after several days... here's why.

PROS:

Absolutely beautiful knives that are well crafted with very rigid stainless steel (more rigid than Henckels and Wustof). The Santoku knife is a nice addition. I loved that the steel construction went all the way to the end of the handle. The steel provided with the set supposedly actually SHARPENS the knives as opposed to only HONING them. Who knows.

CONS:

1. Very heavy. Compared to the German knives, these are not agile at all and can be painful on the wrists especially when using the very substantive chef's knife. I thought the weight would add to the cutting ease but it really did not. On top of that, the weight was unevenly distributed making the knives feel unbalanced.

2. Short handles. As you progress to the smaller knives, the handles got annoying short. This just compounded the weight issue.

3. No sharpness advantage. I ended up purchasing the Henckels twin cuisine set of knives as they were similar in design (and also has a Santoku in the set!) to the Katana series. I noticed that even though the "VG Japanese steel" was supposed to be even sharper and stronger than the German steel, I felt like the Henckels knives were still sharper and cut through everything with much more ease.

4. Slightly harder to clean.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Artw on March 13, 2006
I ordered this set for my wife. Her initial response was why did you spend so much money for a set of knives. They can't be any better than what I already have. Now that she has been using them for several weeks she is hooked. She says they are the sharpest and easiest knives she has ever used. I just hope she doesn't decide to use them on me. Excellent buy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. W. Hall on June 2, 2010
Disclaimer: I did not buy the actual set for sale, as I didn't want the block, but I purchased almost the entire set individually.

I am a professional chef, and I have to say that these are some of the most comfortable knives I have ever worked with. Comfort and balance are of utmost importance to professionals, and these knives deliver. I personally like the heft as well, and the perfect balance makes using the knife almost effortless. I purchased these as my professional set when I first started in kitchens, and they lasted me perfectly through the first few years. I have since started to invest in serious Japanese knives for my more precise tasks, but these are great all-around knives.

The only cons to these knives (from a professional standpoint) are as follows:

- The blades are very thick, making it difficult to slice certain ingredients neatly. They are particularly poor for cutting hard cheese unless you want it crumbled.

- Because of the blade shape (which is like a wedge), these knives struggle in fine-detail work. Mini brunoise is very difficult and slower than with some thinner knives, for example.

- The serration on the bread knife is EXTREMELY severe, and I have found it best suited to very hard, crusty breads, and entirely useless for soft loaves.

- Contrary to some other reviews, the shears do come apart. They take a small wrench to do this, and they loosen/tighten quite easily -- perhaps too easily, as they often get loose with regular usage.

I definitely recommend these to home cooks looking for a set of solid knives, but not so much for professional cooks, unless these cons are outweighed by the reasonable price tag.
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