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Ginsu Chikara Series 07112 12 Piece Cutlery Set
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- Set includes: 8" chef, 7" santoku, 5" utility, 5" serrated utility, (4) 5" steak knives, 3.5" paring knife, shears, honing rod, and bamboo block
- Traditional Japanese-style handles arre made of heat and water resistant resin
- Forged cutlery blades and formed steak knife blades are Stainless Steel making them stain and rust resistant (Note: steak knife blades are not as pictured. They are finished with a black resin bolster)
- May receive knives that show "Ginsu Chikara", "Signature Series" or "Chikara" on the blade. The Steak Knives will not be marked.
- Limited lifetime warranty, hand wash only
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From the Manufacturer
Ginsu 7112 Chikara 12-Piece Stainless Steel Cutlery Set with Bamboo Block
Chikara Series Knives
In the Japanese language, 'Chikara' means power and energy. For nearly one hundred years, the makers of Chikara Cutlery have produced expertly crafted and exceptionally long-lasting knives. By embracing our heritage and modern advancements, Chikara Cutlery is able to provide technologically superior knives with the quality feel of years past, making each and every knife 'the best of both worlds'.
Chikara Series Blades
Chikara blades are precision forged and formed from Japanese steel that is well known for its stain and rust resistance, strength, and ability to hold an incredibly sharp edge.
What's In the Box?
This 12 piece set includes an 8-inch Chef's Knife, 7-inch Santoku Knife, 5-inch Utility Knife, 5- inch Serrated Utility Knife, (4) 5-inch Steak Knives, a 3.5-inch Paring Knife, Honing Rod and Kitchen Shears in a beautiful Bamboo Storage Block.
Caring for your Knives
- Chikara knives should be hand washed and dried immediately after use
- The edge should be maintained by using the honing rod before each use to ensure maximum performance
- The fine-edged blades require periodic sharpening using whetstone
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.
Other Chikara Series Sets
07133 Chikara Series 19 Piece Set
This set includes:
8-inch Chef's Knife, 8-inch Slicer, 8-inch Bread Knife, 7-inch Santoku, 6-inch Cleaver, 6-inch Boning Knife, (8) 5-inch Steak Knives, 3.5-inch Paring Knife, 5-inch Utility Knife, Kitchen Shears and Honing Rod in Bamboo Storage Block.
07108 Chikara Series 8 Piece Set
This set includes:
3.5-inch Paring Knife, 5-inch Utility Knife, 5-inch Serrated Knife, 7-inch Santoku Knife, 8-inch Chef's Knife, Kitchen Shears, Sharpening Rod, and Bamboo Storage Block.
07135 Chikara Series 5 Piece Prep Set
This set includes:
6-inch Chef Knife, 5-inch Santoku Knife, 5-inch Utility Knife, 3.5-inch Paring Knife, Toffee Storage Block.
07134 Chikara Series 9 Piece Steak Knife Set
This set includes:
(8) Stainless Steel 5-inch Steak Knives and Toffee Colored Storage Block.
Top Customer Reviews
In addition, they are forged and not stamped. As a lifetime user of stamped knives, the fact that they are forged makes a huge difference. Each slice carries more weight the the old stamped knives. If you don't know the difference, google it. You'll find it informative.
Overall, these knives were a bargain for the burden of work they accomplish and look beautiful. They have sleek beautiful handles and are just the right size for a standard kitchen. They look and feel a lot more expensive than they are.
If you get this set, make sure you read up on how to treat your knives and it will last a lot longer. Here are some golden rules:
1) Hone your knives, Sharpen once a year.
They are various informative videos on Youtube that tell you how to HONE your knives. They should be done after every use to keep it sharp and long-lasting. Sharpening is only done once a year. The set comes with a steel rod which is okay for honing. It takes a few times to master it but once you do, your knives will stay sharp and your preparation time will be a fraction of what it used to be.Read more ›
I am extremely satisfied with the performance of these knives and I am recommending them to all of my aquaitances. I was truly shocked to get such a high quality set of knives with great such great weight, strength, and balance for under $120.
Buy these knives.
When I took these out of the package, I was impressed by the feel in my hand and the weighting. I immediately hand washed them and tried them out. They cut very well and are very sharp. I especially like the handles. They have a nice feel and grip to them. Also, the handles are slightly longer than my Wusthof handles on the same size knives which I REALLY like. AT this point, I was REALLY excited about my new knives....
After being so excited, I did have a few issues arise. The biggest issue is that one of the steak knives is very noticeably shorter than the others (see my pictures posted on the product page at the top). It is not a huge issue because it still works, but when you pay almost a hundred dollars for cutlery, you expect a little more quality control than when you pay twenty five for a set. The second issue is with the "bamboo" block. I thought I was buying a bamboo block, but it turns out that only the outside it bamboo. The inside is a cheap white wood of some sort (see pictures poste). Again this does not affect the usage, but my expectation were set higher and I feel deceived.
If I had to buy them again....yes. A little hesitation, but in the end they are great knives for the money.
UPDATE: Customer Service was great! Didn't expect it to be an American company. They are sending me a replacement steak knife at no cost and I don't have to send them the short one.
I first noticed the problem with the paring knife within the first 4 months. When looking at the blade, I could see an actual indentation in the knife edge, as if I had hit it as hard as I could on something harder. Soon the knife started developing rust spots, and additional "chips" out of the beveled edge. I hand-wash all of my knives, dry them, store them, and use them properly. This was not an issue of misuse.
I contacted Amazon a few months later, and since it was beyond 90 days (maybe 180, can't recall for sure), they said they could not do anything and referred me to Ginsu (in Arkansas). Someone from there contacted me, and we had a phone conversation regarding the product. They asked about use (or misuse of the knife (i.e., did I put them in the dishwasher, cut open cans, etc...)), and then the rep actually asked if I stored them in the kitchen near the sink where they would be susceptible to rust. Seriously? Knives in the kitchen? Isn't that where they are generally stored?
They agreed to send me a replacement at no cost, which I appreciate. In the past year, that knife, the Chef's knife, and the utility knife have all had multiple chips/divots in the blade, as well as rust spots.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
At first i was impressed with the knifes only to realize after 3 weeks of use how the water spots won't go away or how some rust like is getting on the knifes... Read morePublished 8 days ago by M. B.
This is a perfect set of good knives! They are sharp, lightweight, easy to clean and easy to grab and store in their block.Published 15 days ago by Fineline Design
purchased these for my chef of a husband and he loves them.. the only issue is that they have little what I ill describe as rust spots but they are super sharpPublished 16 days ago by Draye
I wish I would've bought the pricy German knifes that I really wanted. These knifes don't hold an edge very long but at least there was an included sharpening rod.Published 24 days ago by Todd Barnett
These knifes really cut professionally and they look like they cost about $500 sitting in my kitchen. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Barvy Gerng
Love these high quality knives at a great price. Thanks ConsumerReports!Published 28 days ago by Julia M. Mills
Work great, glad I bought them when I did as I'm not sure I'd pay what they are listing at nowPublished 1 month ago by Mr David M Oakes