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Best knives not made in Germany,
This review is from: Chicago Cutlery Insignia2 18-Piece Knife Block Set with In-Block Knife Sharpener (Kitchen)
I just got these knives and I love them. Regarding the rust problem, all quality knives are made of high carbon steel. They will all rust if left in water. This includes henckles, shun, wustof ect.
Regarding the spaces that others have been complaining about, high quality knives are forged out of a single piece of metal. It is impossible to get a uniform shape for every knife this way. Chicago Cutlery uses a poly handle that has uniform in shape (unlike wood handles), hence the spaces.
These knives are very sharp. You can see how sharp a knife is by holding it loosely by the handle and pulling it over a tomato without applying pressure. I have done this with the sontoku from this et and it slices through like butter.
Handles are a matter of taste. these are thick handles, I like them this way. If you like thinner handles go with Shun. Of coarse one chef's knife will cost you twice as much as this whole set.
The only minor complaint is the steak knives. Steak knives should be serrated; the steak knives in this set are basically long paring knives.
These are great knives and %99 of users will be just as happy with these as with a $500 set from henckles.
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Initial post: Dec 17, 2008 6:02:28 AM PST
Douglas A. Carson says:
Yes, yes, yes!!! You are absolutely right (except I love the steaks knives. Keep them sharp and the heck with serrated).
Posted on Jan 19, 2009 10:16:13 PM PST
Mike Corcoran says:
Steak knives should NOT be serrated...it tears the flesh of the meat!
Posted on Dec 12, 2009 8:55:40 AM PST
J. S. McDowell says:
Although I agree Chicago Cutlery are a great starter set and a great value, they are not high quality. High quality knives are not forged out of a single piece of metal. Shuns for example are pounded out of 16 layers of High Carbon stainless steel.
Posted on Mar 26, 2010 10:36:05 AM PDT
C. Willey says:
Thanks for the info on the steak knives; I hate serrated knives as they are impossible to sharpen and they tear instead of cut.
Posted on Nov 23, 2011 7:22:47 PM PST
i've had my henckles for 12 years no rust, ever
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2012 3:55:12 PM PDT
I'm with you! To heck with tearing through your steak with a serrated edge - why not slice through it with a good sharp knife! These knives are great - they stay sharp a long time!
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2012 3:56:15 PM PDT
I so agree with you! A good sharp straight edge knife to slice through your meat is much preferred to tearing through it with a serrated edge knife.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2012 4:00:49 PM PDT
I've had more expensive knives and I've never had hold up any better than these! I've had my set now for seven months (we do a lot of cooking - we entertain often) and I've not yet had to sharpen them - they still slice through tomatoes like butter (and they'll slice through a finger too if you're not careful!).
Posted on May 29, 2012 3:16:12 PM PDT
H. Coleman says:
We don't leave our knives in water. I don't put them in the dishwasher. Nothing. And my Chicago Cultery knives are starting to show rust spots :( I have only had them for three weeks too.
Posted on Sep 12, 2012 4:33:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 12, 2012 4:40:10 PM PDT
J. Luff says:
Disagree. Best knives are made by RADA in United States by Americans since the 1940s and can be had here on Amazon. No rivets, enclosed aluminum handles, used by professional chefs, lifetime warranty and about the same cost as these. These are Chinese crap like the rest. The RADA sets here on Amazon blow these out of the water..not to mention European made knives. Not only that, is you get certificate with each set signed by the actual knife sharpener at the factory in the mid west. Ok..rant over. Sorry, came here to find these knives on a wedding registry, and uggg.. there are so much better out there, but none of my business.