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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
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0006TJ7HM
  • Item model number: 04817
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,646 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Product Description

The GINSU 04817 International Traditions Bakelite 14 Piece Cutlery Set features the Symetric Edge design which integrates identical serrations expertly matched to each side of the knife's blade. This produces a two dimensional serrated surface capable of precision center cuts. The result is no maintenance, never needs sharpening, serrated edge that perfoms with the accuracy of fine edged professional cutlery. This design is ideal for both righ and left handed use! Made of professional quality 420 series satin finished stainless steel blades, provide consumers the perfect combination of performance, balance, and style - all supported by a lifetime limited warranty.

Blocks should not be put in the dishwasher or submerged in water this can lead to blocks cracking post-shipment. 

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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


From the Manufacturer


The Science Behind Ginsu's Serrated Blades
  • Ginsu's exclusive Symmetric Edge Technology integrates identical serrations on each side of the blade for a straight, even cut
  • Dual-serrated edge prevents tearing of food like traditional serrated blades, and is great for left-or right-handed users
  • Ginsu's zero-maintenance serrated blades perform as accurately as fine-edged professional cutlery with the added convenience of never needing to be sharpened!

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

Our Most Popular Cutlery Set!

Ginsu's Essential Series knives feature all of the traditional craftsmanship that Ginsu is known for, including dual-serrated blades that offer the Always Sharp promise and perform as accurately as fine-edged professional cutlery. The stainless steel tang extends through the entire handle for perfect balance. The Essential Series’ maintenance-free design and reliable performance make it the ideal cutlery set for the Everyday Chef.

What's In the Box?

8-inch Slicer, 8-inch Chef's Knife, 7-inch Santoku Knife, 5-inch Utility Knife, 5.5-inch Boning Knife, (6) 4.5-inch Steak Knives, 3.5-inch Paring Knife, Kitchen Shears, and Storage Block.

  • Triple-rivet design ensures handles are strong and secure
  • Full tang extends throughout the handle for added strength and durability
  • Limited lifetime warranty for the assurance that your Ginsu knives will perform both now and for years to come

The Ginsu Story

Known for decades as a maker of very sharp knives, Ginsu got its start as one of the first items to gain popularity by selling via infomercial in the 1970s. But wait, there's more- The Ginsu brand 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 of the most well-known names in cutlery.


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Customer Reviews

Rust if you wash them in the dishwasher.
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They are really worth the money, you want regret buying these!!
JP
Knives are very sharp and work well for me.
Daniel

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

458 of 471 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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529 of 549 people found the following review helpful By ZenWoman 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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220 of 237 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!!!

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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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151 of 170 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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89 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Thaddena Hewes on December 11, 2009
I loved these knives....:( Unfortunately within a month the handles were loose and even after religious hand-washing/drying...rust! Contacted their customer support...they would replace the knives for 3$ each...hmmm...don't think so! NEVER AGAIN!!! Too bad really as they started out a dream.
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94 of 109 people found the following review helpful By T. Boden 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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