Rada Cutlery S38 The Starter Knife Gift Set
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82 of 87 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2007
Fancy an all-metal set of knives? Tired of cheaply made knife sets made from crappy steel? Is made in America important to you? Not impressed with the cuts you get from "permanent edge" knives?

This set of Rada knives is made in Iowa, and has a knife or tool for almost any task the ordinary cook will face. It feels a little light in the hand at first because the handle is aluminum but the balance is right on. The handle also has a "brushed" finish which helps with the grip

I would definitely recommend this set, and also the "steel wheels" sharpener, which really simplifies a task I've always had difficulty with.

It is shipped in a box that is nice for gift giving and storage.
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2008
My husband loves to cook so I purchased this set of Rada (Made in USA) Knives for him. These are absolutely the best knives we've ever used. The Cook's Knife is our absolute favorite and Rada makes the sharpest and best veggie peeler I've ever seen. These knives are truly amazing to have such a low price point. Anyone who is a chef or who loves to cook would be amazed at the sharpness of these knives. Please be careful with them though, because they are like razor blades. I'm surprised the folks at the Food Network haven't talked about these knives.

The knives are very, very lightweight, but they do the job! The Rada Company is very impressive, to be able to make such a quality product at such a low price. It's also nice to buy a product that's actually Made in America instead of Made in China.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
I own Henckels, Sabatier, Wusthof, Shun and Chicago Cutlery knives. They are all good but the best blade--up to now--was the Shun. That was up to now. Since buying the Rada knives, we simply don't use the others. The blades sharpen literally to a razor edge, they hold that edge and if they dull a little, they hone nicely and easily to recover their sharpness. I have not used the Rada sharpener, so I can't attest to how well it works. We use a sharpening steel, which works wonders. I simply can't believe the value of these knives! All of the others we own are top shelf, not the cheap consumer versions, and these blew them away. The German and Japanese knives each cost more than twice what this entire set cost. I feel like a fool for spending that kind of money on those knives. Why don't people know about this company? The knives are just amazing. We bought them because my wife had a Rada pairing knife inherited by her mother, which we loved but which was accidentally thrown away by a houseguest. When I went looking of an "aluminum handle" knife (I did not know the Rada name), I found these and they were so reasonably priced I bought a set. Best value purchase I have made in years. Try them and you won't believe it; you simply won't believe how fantastic these are.
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2009
I can't believe the superb quality of these knives. My first piece of Rada cutlery was the short bread knife, which I bought from an online retailer known for selling only the best cook's equipment. I did wonder, though, how a good knife could cost so little compared to the cost of the big-brand-name knives. Well, I was so impressed with the precision slices the bread knife made that I decided to buy from Amazon.com the 7-piece starter set, the 7-piece starter set part 2, the French chef's knife, the chef's dicer, the carver boner, the large bread knife, and the sharpener. Now my whole kitchen is Rada knives, and I have every knife I ever need. Rada knives are the only ones I use now. The knives are extremely sharp and cut with precision. (I have cut myself a couple of times as I get accustomed to the sharpness.) They are light but feel solid in the hand. The brushed aluminum handles give a good grip and look good, too. I also like that they are made in the USA. This is the best purchase I have made in a long time!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2011
I review knives regularly, and I fully admit that I wouldn't have chosen RADA knives, but this set was a highly regarded gift and I will give them a whirl! At first glance, I'm taken aback by RADA's simplicity and sharpness. After all this says "Starter Set" so, they look kinda thrifty and plain (not for snooty folks??). However, the blades have a nice shine to them, and are of timeless design; the edges are very sharp (sharper than you'd expect at this price-point). There is a small RADA logo stamped on each blade and these knives have a good, but somewhat light weight to them. If you're a person who loves to cook, and keep your knives hidden out of sight (and reach of children), these are perfect for the you and the value minded shopper. In fact, they'll likely perform as good/better than anything you've got. They are a perfomance value (drive and feel like a Mercedes, but don't look it). RADA will be great for abusive cooks, or those who don't want to baby an expensive set, or want to hand-wash their cutlery. Also, this would make a good back-up set; especially if you do a lot of entertaining or group cooking. Heck, buy two sets for that reason. I chopped up a salad with these, and I was very impressed.. these things cut like butter. My wife said the peeler was out of this world.

Ok - the handles could be better and the appearance could be improved. The Chef's knife could be thicker for more control/stability and it would also be nice if you had a block option, or set option which included the block and steak knives. Or, maybe RADA could come out with a professional series etc.. If you want sexy looking knives which are part of your act, or scene, then you may not/won't like these, they are just plain looking kitchen knives and are just a tad flimsy (not of any consequence). However, they just happen to show up and punch in and do their job extremely well for a great price.

Overall - These are good quality, made-in-the-USA- sharp-a** knives and you won't find any set close for this price. In fact, there may not be a close second. I was eye-balling the Kai Pure Komachi set (Kershaw), before I got these as a gift first.. I'm sure the Komachi knives are awesome too, but, they are colorful, and funky looking.. (I don't mind that they are different and they too have a good price point - set, block and all for about $80). So, I will check out the RADA's for a while and I like them and will replace my set of worn knives for these (many of which are more pricy than this whole set). For young folks, or young cooks, this set is perfect. For older folks, this is a great value set, or back-up set which will rival your expensive knives - great if you need lots of clean knives and don't want several sets. You get the point.. . (don't forget the RADA sharpener, which is really a steel which will straighten your edge when needed). Try'em - you'll like'em.. . but, please be realistic. I like value and sharpness for the dollar; I like American made too. RADA = Worthy!

Update:
After more use, these are still rock-solid. I've been using the chef's knife to chop and slice, and have had to sharpen it after several uses. The RADA sharpener works very, very well with this knife. It just took 3 or 4 swipes with little pressure to re-shape the edge.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2010
This knife set has confused me every since it arrived.

I really wanted to like this knife set more. They do cut nicely, but I just don't know. I wish Amazon had half-star increments, as I would have put this at 3.5.

Too start off with, I was under-impressed when they arrived. I don't know if is just Rada's new handles, as I haven't used their standard aluminum ones, but to be blunt they look like something bought from a "dollar store." This led to me thinking, "I have been had..." They just look so cheap. Small, thin handles do nothing to help them out. These things aren't something I want to display on my counter, they will stay in their box, hidden in a drawer. After using them I really would like larger handles for my long hands.

Now I will say they are anything but blunt they are very sharp and cut much better than my previous knives. It was a night and day difference between my old knives, which even after sharping were nowhere near these Radas.

Well to finish off, here are my pros and cons:

Pros:
Made in USA (Huge for me)
Nice variety in this starter set
Very sharp

Cons:
Aesthetics
Ergonomics
I like my random vegetable peeler much better than this Rada, it's too small and when peeling potatoes, constantly left pieces in the blades which prevented peeling without pulling out the peels with my hand. This will be a backup.

I am glad I purchased them, but I was expecting a little more out of them. I know my review sounds more on the negative side, but they do cut very well and they are U.S. made, which I feel is important in our current economy.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2010
I have already reviewed another set of RADA knives I bought my wife... and the same applies here... i'll just paste what I said from that review here....

I have been looking for some knives for my wife since she basically had NO decent knives. I did a ton of research on various knives and was looking at getting her a good brand name knife. I looked at all the big ones Henckels, Shun, RH Forschner, Wusthof, Global etc... I even looked at a few deals I found on Ginsu (insert mockery and laughter from professionals against the overly commercialized knife brand here :-)...) I'm not saying any of these knives are bad in any way, they each server their purpose and every person (and person's hand) is different, that's why these brands have been around for so long.

I had to consider my wife though... She's not big on spending $400 on a set of knives that she has to send off (or take somewhere) to be properly maintained/sharpened, and a lot of times, doesn't want to spend her time after preparing food, hand washing the knives. Well, my mom (and several other co-worker's moms) have had Rada knives for most of their lives and swear by them. The biggest issue I had with them was the handles... I didn't particularly care for them myself... Then I found they had a new black composite type handle, specifically designed to throw in the dishwasher... This was PERFECT for what my wife wanted. I purchased this with the RADA sharpener and any time one feels like it's loosing its edge.. I pull it across the sharpener a few times, and it's good as new.

I know these aren't on the same level as the big professional brand names, but the cost/value for our house outweighed everything else I looked at. I would recommend this to anyone professional or not... Who DOESN'T need a few knives you can throw in the dishwasher every once in a while? :-)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2012
I am really happy about this knife set.

I order them yesterday with 2 day shipping and surprisingly I got them today, only 1 day later.

This set is beautiful, really light weight and balanced knives. They are super sharp. I bought it because I was looking for serrated knife, but when I saw this really good deal for $39.50 with such high ratings, I took my chance.

I really think just couple of these knives are worth the money, but all the extra knives are a plus.

So really, why spend hundreds of dollars of all your hard earned money in just one knife when you can get the same quality and value from this product that is actually made in the USA!.

Buy confidently, Rafa.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2012
I've spent 42 married years with some pretty awful knives. The thought of buying good knives just wasn't one of my priorities until several months ago, when I finally decided I had to make some kind of decision to make my kitchen experience easier. I had considered all the so-called best brands and was a little cautious about spending a fortune on a set of knives and then having to "baby" them to keep from ruining them. Just by chance, a knife discussion came up on a recipe forum I frequent, and one of my friends there said her favorite knife was a Rada paring knife that her daughter had found in an apartment she rented and gave it to her. I had never heard of Rada before.

Then I spoke with my cousin's wife who had raved about her tomato knife several times in the past and had bought one for her daughter and daughter-in-law. Then I came here and read all the reviews, so I decided to take the plunge.

I ordered this gift set plus six serrated steak knives, a chef's knife, an extra paring knife (all black handles), and the Rada sharpener for about $108 total (including shipping from two different vendors here).

At first, I was struck by how lightweight they were, and that was a bit different for me to get used to. And the look and feel of them seems on the cheap side, but MAN, ARE THEY EVER SHARP!!!!!!!! I've cut myself three times already. lol But the slicer went right through a raw acorn squash with very little effort, when I used to have to position my Santoku knife on top and pound it down with my meat mallet!

Per the reviews here, I chose the black handles. The brushed aluminum looks classier, but several people said they discolored. I did learn just last year that sodium carbonate (main ingredient in dishwashing detergent) will discolor and pit aluminum, which explains why some of my cooking utensils and lids look so tarnished. Even though I often hand-wash knives as I go, I wanted the option of putting them in the dishwasher.

I could probably have gotten by with just a chef's knife and the super parer (or two). I use them constantly every day. I like the super parer over the regular parer. It is longer and seems to give me a little more leverage. I'm not sorry I have the others, though. I know they will come in handy. I reached to get one of my peelers this evening to clean some carrots and found the Rada peeler that I had totally forgotten about (was more interested in the knives when I got the set). Wow, that thing is great!

Tip--don't rake the side of the blade with your finger to remove cut food particles stuck to the knife. If you must, at least rake downward instead of sideways. Trust me on this one...

I am VERY pleased with my purchase and recommend them to anyone. They are inexpensive and made in the USA! Go RADA!!!!!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2014
I bought these knives based on other reviews. Even though I bought a knife block to store them in they still don't seem to hold an edge very well. They do come razor sharp and using the Rada sharpening system (Unique in that you draw the knife through the junction point of two hardened steel wheels rather then the usual V-notch carbide blades) you can return them to razor sharpness with just a few strokes. They kind of mystify me since usually a soft stainless steel knife will not take an edge this good and metal that generally will doesn't usually lose it's edge so quickly. Overall I'm satisfied for the price.
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