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Cuisinart 21-Piece Knife Set with Block and Bonus Poly Cutting Board

3 out of 5 stars 105 customer reviews

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  • Stainless steel forged blades are durable, easy to use and clean
  • Vibrant red triple riveted handle are strong and ergonomically designed for easy handling
  • Cut and prepare all sizes of fruits, vegetables, breads, and more
  • Perfectly weighted for optimum balance, control, and performance
  • Bonus 8 by 11-inch poly cutting board with red accents

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Product Description

Cuisinart's 21-piece triple riveted knife set is made of forged stainless steel and includes everything necessary to prepare your favorite recipes. The set includes: an 8-inch chef knife, an 8-inch serrated bread knife, an 8-inch slicer, a 7-inch santoku knife, a 6-inch chef knife, a 5.5-inch serrated knife, a 5-inch santoku knife, a 4.5-inch serrated utility knife a 3.5-inch paring knife, eight 4.5-inch steak knives, a sharpening steel, an 8-inch all-purpose household shears, and a wooden storage block. Also included is a bonus 8 by 11-inch poly cutting board designed especially for chopping, slicing, and mincing meat, poultry, and cheese without sticking or tearing.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 10.4 x 8.3 x 14.4 inches
Item Weight 14 pounds
Shipping Weight 14 pounds
Manufacturer Cuisinart
ASIN B000B8TY30
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Item model number CA4R21N
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3 out of 5 stars 105 customer reviews

3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #474,550 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#5,178 in Kitchen & Dining > Kitchen Knives & Cutlery Accessories > Cutting Boards
#49,571 in Kitchen & Dining > Kitchen Utensils & Gadgets > Kitchen Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com October 21, 2004

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I was so excited to find these knives on sale for $49.99, but that excitement was short-lived. When I unwrapped the knives I thought the plastic of the handles looked a little strange, and on closer inspection I found there were small cracks at the rivets on many of the knives. I knew these tiny cracks would only get bigger with use, so I returned the set to amazon for a replacement. But when I received the replacement set, I found that one of the knives had a big crack all the way through the handle; back again to amazon for a replacement. Third time's a charm, right? Wrong! More like three strikes, you're out! Once again, one of the knives had a big crack in the handle. So, I gave up and just sent the knives back to amazon for a refund. Obviously, these are just some really poorly made knives. Don't waste your time.
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I guess one of these days I'll learn to believe the reviews. My set came with multiple cracked handles. One was cracked completely across. I was also missing knives. The large chef and small santoku were nowhere to be found while there were two of the large santoku. As others have mentioned, no reply from Cuisinart so I am returning the set. There needs to be better quality control.
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There are several reasons for the low rating. First of all, when I first ordered this beautifully looking (on the picture) set I was surprised to see quite different color of the handles when the knifes were unpacked. It not as bright red as pictured, but very dull color. Secondly, some of the knives were defective - curving blades, deep scratches and minor cracks on the handles. The set was exchanged by Amazon quick and without any hassle. The replacement set was slightly better, but still not perfect. The main complaint right now is rusting. You basically have to wash and dry the knives immediately after use, otherwise they will get covered with rust spots really quick - this is what happened to one of my knives after I left on the table for a few hours after slicing a tomato. It's a huge hassle to do, especially if you are cooking a big dinner and use a lot of knives. Unfortunately, I have to strongly recommend staying away from this set.
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The knives are not the quality you would normally expect from Cuisinart. Steak knives are thin, bent and overall crappy. I received 4 steak knives and 4 extra 4.5" utility knives, which are much better quality. That and the price I paid ($70) were the reasons I did not send the set back.
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I was very disappointed in these knives. While quite sharp, the steel was *very* thin. They don't have enough weight to be a good chopper, plus chopping anything makes me nervous that the blade will shatter. Every single one of them rusted after being run through the dishwasher. It did come right off with a couple swipes of an abrasive pad, but had I left the dishwasher full while on vacation I'd have had to use a lot more elbow grease. I would definitely not buy these knives a second time.
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I bought this set - in black - at a local retailer and paid more than the $79 that Amazon has it for here.

While I would tend to agree with the previous poster that the steak knives are a little flimsy and they're the only thing keeping these from a 5 star rating, I will say that they're very sharp and go through steak like butter.

As to the rest of the knives, they're very nice - solid, with a nice weight to them. So far (we've had them about 6 months), I'm very pleased. The two santoku knives especially get a workout at our house - absolutely great for chopping up veggies and the like, my Sunday morning potatoes for home fries are a breeze. Also, the shears are very nice, with tight blades that never just tear, they actually cut.

Additionally, the little cutting board may seem like no big deal, but when you're cutting up something small, it's pretty nice - the rubberized sides keep it nice and firmly planted, so you don't have to worry about it sliding out from under you when you chop quickly.

UPDATE after 3 years of ownership:
Still a good set, but I've replaced the steak knives, which were always the weak point in this set anyway. The real problem with them were how badly stained they got in the dish washer - one guest described them as "rusty" and wouldn't use them (it's not really rust, just stain, but still), so the next day they got replaced with a set of Chicago Cutlery that are dishwasher safe and have a better heft to them.

The other knives of the set continue to hold up very well - they're all still nice and sharp after 3 years of nearly daily use. I will say, I sometimes do throw them in the dishwasher (which the instructions say not to do) and some have a spot or two of stain from this. However, they still work well and have suffered no other effects - no dulling of blades, no cracked handles, etc.

Overall, I'd still by this set again.
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I just bought this set on sale and you definite get what you pay for. All the larger knives have small cracks in the plastic handles. But more importantly, they develop rust spots no matter how careful you are. The 8" Chefs knife rusted after my first use. I removed the rust, lightly oiled the knife and was made sure to complete dry each knife after washing only to find the rust came back. The metal is very poor quality and after 2.5 weeks of regular use the blades are starting to dull. I am returning these knives. I highly recommend that you do not buy them.
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