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Ginsu 04817 International Traditions 14-Piece Knife Set with Block, Natural

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  • Symmetrically-cut, two-dimensional serrated edges for precision slicing
  • Stainless-steel blades never needs sharpening
  • Full tangs triple-riveted to handles
  • Hand Wash Only
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 5 x 9 inches ; 1 pounds
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  • ASIN: B0006TJ7HM
  • Item model number: 04817
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Product Description


Many associate Ginsu knives with the product’s kitschy infomercial from the ‘70s that begins with a karate kick to a watermelon and proceeds with a demo of these knives cutting through just about anything in the house. Like the original product, Ginsu’s International Traditions is designed for the home cook who is not attuned to the maintenance required of a more high-end knife. However, this line is an improvement on the original, offering the weight, balance, and style of a commercial-quality knife, while meeting current design trends and performance expectations.

This 14-piece set stocks a kitchen with most cutlery needs, and packs all knives in a contemporary black hardwood storage block. The set includes: an 8-inch chef’s knife, an 8-inch slicer, a 7-inch santoku knife, a 5-1/2-inch boning knife, a 5-inch utility knife, a 3-1/2-inch paring knife, and six 4-1/2-inch steak knives, plus a pair of shears.

Ginsu blades are constructed from stainless steel and feature a two-dimensional serrated edge that is symmetrically cut on either side for more accurate slicing and for either right- or left-handed use. Edges are still as low-maintenance as ever and never require sharpening. The blades have full tangs that extend through lightweight bakelite handles and are triple-riveted for strength. Ginsu covers these International Traditions knives under a limited, lifetime warranty and recommends manual cleaning with hot, soapy water to keep them in top shape.

What’s in the Box
3-1/2-inch paring knife, 5-inch utility knife, 5-1/2-inch boning knife, 7-inch santoku knife, 8-inch slicer, 8-inch chef’s knife, six 4-1/2-inch steak knives, shears, hardwood block

Product Description

Ginsu 14-piece knife block set View larger.
Serrated blade
Serrated blade never needs to be sharpened.

14-Piece Knife Set with Natural Wood Block

Ginsu Essentials 14-piece knife block set stocks a kitchen with most cutlery needs, and packs the Always Sharp Never Needs Sharpening knives in an elegant natural hardwood storage block.

Key Features

Always Sharp blades with symmetric edge technology: The blade has the serrated blade pattern which is mirrored on the opposite side for a blade that performs like a fine-edge knife without the need to ever be sharpened. This also allows the knife to be used by both right- and left-handed users.

Triple-riveted handles ensure the handles are strong and secure.

Full tang extends throughout the handle for added strength and durability.

Hardwood storage block to store and protect your cutlery. The beautiful natural finish will compliment any kitchen.

Limited lifetime warranty for the assurance that your Ginsu knives will perform both now and for years to come.

Proper Care

Ginsu's Essential series are easy to maintain. The knives should be washed by hand, and the serrated edges will never need sharping. The fine edge Santoku will require periodic sharpening.

Set Includes

8-Inch Chef's Knife 8-Inch Chef's Knife Known as the most versatile of all knives, the chef's knife may be used to peel, trim, pare, slice, dice, and chop.
8-Inch Slicing Knife 8-Inch Slicing Knife Often used to cut and carve meats such as ham and turkey, the slicer features a long, consistent cutting edge that allows for a smooth slice in a single stroke.
7-Inch Santoku Knife 7-Inch Santoku Knife A traditional Asian-style knife that excels in chopping, slicing, and making paper-thin cuts. The Kullens grind on the blade adds a unique visual appeal, as well as aiding in preventing foods from sticking to the blade.
5-1/2-Inch Boning Knife 5-1/2-Inch Boning Knife The narrow, strong blade of the boning knife allows it to get into narrow spaces to separate flesh from bones in meats such as beef, pork, poultry, and seafood.
4-1/2-Inch Utility Knife 4-1/2-Inch Utility Knife The utility knife is a great tool for generally any type of use. It excels at cutting smaller portions of meats and fruits, but can also be used to pare, trim, peel, slice, and dice foods.
Six 4-1-/2-Inch Steak Knives Six 4-1-/2-Inch Steak Knives The steak knife is used to cut through prepared foods after the meal has been served. It may also be used in a kitchen environment to peel, slice, and trim smaller portions of food.
3-1/2-Inch Paring Knife 3-1/2-Inch Paring Knife Due to its small size, the paring knife allows fine control of the blade and tip of the knife, making it great for fine and precision cutting. Peeling, garnishing, and small chopping tasks can quickly and easily be accomplished with the paring knife.
Kitchen Shears Kitchen Shears The kitchen shears are the most versatile tool in the kitchen. Use them to cut anything from poultry and vegetables to twine and plastic bags. The handles have a built-in twist-style bottle opener, jar opener, and nut cracker.
Hardwood Storage Block Made from richly grained hardwood, the block stores and protects fine cutlery when not in use.

The Ginsu Story

Known for decades as the maker of very sharp knives, Ginsu has evolved to create incredibly sharp, technologically superior cutlery with the highest quality standards. Ginsu draws from the ancient Japanese methods of Samurai sword smiths to produce the same level of precision and craftsmanship in our contemporary knives. The Always Sharp blades and beautifully shaped, ergonomic handles have gained respect from generations of consumers, making Ginsu one the most well-known names in cutlery.

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The knives work very well and are very sharp.
She left them in the dishwasher to dry & after several washing found rust spots on the knife blades.
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They are really worth the money, you want regret buying these!!

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

450 of 467 people found the following review helpful By AmazonDiva TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 3, 2007
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Suddenly, I feel like cooking again. Chopping onions, dicing carrots, making perfect juliennes with red peppers and mincing the garlic fine for my famous (!) vegetable medley is...effortless. All because of these knives. Ooh they are sharp! So be careful or you may end cutting yourself!

I love the fact that the knives are sharp right out the box. Many people swear by their forged knife blades but that makes the knives heavier. I have another set from Pinzon (Amazon's brand) and yet another from Cuisinart that I barely use as they are heavier and not as sharp as these knives. I think stamped blades are great as they are lighter and thinner like these Ginsu knives. If you cut vegetables more than meat then you need knives like these. For meat you need heavier blades with more balance and "brute force". For slicing a tomato so fine that you can see through it you need a Ginsu. With a Ginsu in your hand you'll end up sculpting roses from your radishes!

Update 11/5/08: I have been using these knives for 1.5 years now. They're still doing fine and are still very sharp. I regularly throw them in the dishwasher and they have not shown any signs of rusting. I love these knives and miss them if I am cooking somewhere else. I use the steak knives as everyday knives for slicing veggies and they work very well. If I ever purchase another set I will go with Ginsu again.

Update: 8/27/2013: Still using these knives after 6 years. Still going strong and are pretty sharp. Although we took to using some as box cutters and for other reasons and lost a few of the steak knives. Luckily, Amazon sells steak knives separately in packs of 4 Ginsu Essential Series 4-Piece 4.5-Inch Stainless Steel Steak Knife Set with Triple Riveted Polymer Handles 4805 so I ordered more.
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224 of 230 people found the following review helpful By Josh on May 14, 2007
We bought this set 2 months back after reviewing them on Amazon. Since this is our first knife set I can not really compare with other name brand products in the market. But these were cheapest among the lot, and we are very pleased with their initial quality. As mentioned by other reviewers they are very very sharp, and easily cut through straight. The blades are thick and the handles look solid. We always wash/dry them by hand right after the use and never put them in dishwasher. We have not seen a single rust spot or any discoloration of handles. I will definitely buy more of these to gift friends and family.

Update on Sept 30, 2007:
After 6 months of use, I still stand by my review. The sharpness is intact and there are no rust spots at all. Very pleased with the quality and super low price. I regret not picking more of these from Sears Clearance, where I bought them for less than $20.

Update on Nov 26, 2010:
Just wanted to give a quick update that these knives are still performing great.

Sept 28, 2011:
Still going strong. No issues. No rust. the two knives that we use every single day, have lost some of their sharpness, but they still have few more years left in them.
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199 of 211 people found the following review helpful By Roy Gordon on November 25, 2006
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We needed some new knives, but I couldn't see spending hundreds of $$$.

Yes, these are at the lower end and there are undoubtedly much better (and more expensive) sets out there.

But these feel OK, are very sharp (as other reviewers reported), seem to be sufficiently sturdy, and have ably carried out the various mundane tasks we've put them to.

For $24.99, what a value!!!


Update 11/21/08: We've had these 2 years now. The very sharp edges have gone, but the steak knives still are OK cutting, not great. But, I never sharpen them. I don't like the long thin knife (it's not serrated, so not a bread knife): the blade isn't stiff enough. (Hey, we're talking less than $30 for the set!) I really don't use the others.

I liked the steak knives so well that I ordered a second set of just them. It's a little weird at first doing paring with a serrated blade, but then you get used to it.

I'm still very pleased with the purchase overall and regard it, even as the price has increased a few dollars, as a true bargain.
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129 of 140 people found the following review helpful By BRKLYN on September 13, 2008
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If you are on a budget but need good sharp knives to last you for a little while...these are great! They are sharp and they do their job well. But be warned, these do rust after about 8 months if you aren't careful. I suggest washing after every time you use them and don't put them in the dishwasher to make them last longer. Other than that, they are sharp enough for general kitchen cutting,
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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Tamara A. Lakeman on April 23, 2007
Okay, so we'll be honest here... These aren't the BEST knives ever. They aren't nearly as heavy and solid feeling as some might like.. but for this price you absolutely cannot get a better knife. I bought this set as a gift for someone who has a bit of a love-affair with "sharp knives"... and he was absolutely 100% pleased with this set. They are incredibly sharp and easy to manage. Best knives ever? Of course not-- but do they get the job done (meaning, do they CUT well?) absolutely yes!

As a side note-- in response to those who are complaining about rust spots-- that is what happens when you put knives in a dish washer. All knives should always be washed BY HAND and dried immidiately (regardless of what the packaging says!) Complaining about rust spots after having put them into a DISHWASHER is like complaining about ruining your silk shirt after putting it into the washing machine. With proper care, these knives will not disapoint someone looking for a good, sharp everyday kitchen knife.
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