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Ginsu Gourmet Chikara Series Forged 12-Piece Japanese Steel Knife Set – Cutlery Set with 420J Stainless Steel Kitchen Knives – Bamboo Finish Block, 07112DS
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- These Ginsu Chikara forged knives are one piece of premium Japanese Stainless Steel from tip to tang so you can approach every recipe with the confidence that your knives will do whatever you ask.
- These Ginsu Chikara forged knives arrive razor sharp and stay sharp longer than the competition giving you a low-maintenance, high quality set of forged knives you can depend on meal after meal.
- These Ginsu Chikara forged knives are expertly balanced to give you the perfect blend of power and control you need to cook through even the trickiest recipe safely and comfortably.
- Ginsu Chikara forged knives have been named a Consumer Report "Best Buy" 5 times, and are backed by a Lifetime Limited Warranty.
- This Ginsu Chikara forged knife set includes everything you need to prepare and serve delicous and complex meals organized in a sophisticated Bamboo Block: 3.5-Inch Paring Knife 5-Inch Utility Knife, 5-Inch Serrated Utility Knife, 7” Santoku Knife, 8-Inch Chef’s Knife, Shears, Honing Rod, Four Steak Knives (Note: Steak Knives are stamped, not forged)”
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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.
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This item Ginsu Gourmet Chikara Series Forged 12-Piece Japanese Steel Knife Set – Cutlery Set with 420J Stainless Steel Kitchen Knives – Bamboo Finish Block, 07112DS
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|Item Dimensions||12 x 15.25 x 21.75 in||8.4 x 9.6 x 14.8 in||6.01 x 9.12 x 15 in||7.4 x 9.2 x 14.7 in||10.75 x 8.46 x 14.76 in||1.25 x 15 x 6.5 in|
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Chikara blades are precision forged and formed for balance from Japanese steel; that is well known for its stain and rust resistance, strength, and ability to hold an incredibly sharp edge. A great companion for mincing, slicing, and dicing. Knives are easily stored in a stylish bamboo block that will look great in any kitchen.
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. If a college student can do it, you can do it.)
2) Rinse as soon as you're done with it. Dish detergent can be used. Hot water is okay. Most importantly, you MUST dry it off after you use it. Make sure that from tip to handle, everything is toweled off before putting it back in the holder. Try not to cut acidic things with your nice knives but if you do, rinse it quickly.
3) Handwash, no dishwashers. In a nutshell, it causes it to rust and ruins the handle.
4 Keep it in the holder or invest in a traveler. If you just stick it in the drawer it will get dull very fast and ruins your knives. If you travel with it, get a traveling holder.
5) Get a decent cutting board. No glass, no marble, wood is best, plastic is okay. Nothing dulls a knife faster than repeated banging against stone/glass.
6) Be reasonable with your usage. No one in their right mind will open a can of tuna with their knife when a dollar will buy you a can opener.
I will post an update with this product in a few months. So far, it has been the most wonderful and much needed addition to my kitchen.
The serrated knife that came with the set cut through a thick, tough shoulder cut of steak like it was a piece of cake. No sawing required! Still amazed!
Still the favorite set in my apartment. I have been honing it extensively and the knives have not lost their sharpness or edge. The santoku has two small spots of rust on them already from lazy roommates that don't wipe off the water. But I digress, I still love these knives and will probably still love it more than my first born child.
Wow I can't believe people actually want to listen to what I have to say, but thanks and here's another update.
I STILL have this set that I bought my sophomore year of college and I'm graduating in May. And nope, I still don't need a new set and yes I (and my 3 roommates) use it everyday.
1) alas, the kitchen shears which were as sharp as ever died on us when I discovered there was rust in the joints. This is the only replacement I have made.
2) requires a bit more honing than before which usually indicates I need to sharpen them. For that I run them through the Wusthof knife sharpener (will post link later) and they are brand new again.
After almost 3 years and only one kitchen casualty (shears) I still think this was a great deal and I love everything about these knives. The blades hold up, the edges are still sharp. One commenter stated that more expensive knives remain sharper for longer. I have a Wusthof bread knife and my parents have a J.J. kitchen set at home. Not as heavy as the Chikara is, 2-3 times more expensive, and believe me my parents are "empty nesting" still and even the name brand knives will get dull and reach the end of their lifetimes faster if you don't hone them. So leave this review with this set in your cast and tattoo "HONE THEM" on yourself (or significant other) and as long as you maintain them, you won't be disappointed by the sharpness, durability, and versatility of these knives.
** UPDATE 2/21/15: Knives are still being used multiple times everyday; I now mainly use the chef and utility knife (bigger cooking duties with a bigger family!). The santoku will still make the rotation if using meat & veggies at the same time so that the blade does not get contaminated. I've gone through a few kitchen shears since then, but my knives are still beloved. There are a few kinks near the tip of my chef's knife from being dropped on the ground. More of an aesthetic damage as I rarely cut with the top 1/3 of my knife anyway.
Here's an additional tip I would give to myself if I only knew ahead of time: Make sure to wipe down your honing blade from top to bottom with a kitchen towel every week or so. It will develop rust from dew build-up from sitting in the holder.
After doing a very serious research on some good quality knife sets, all the reviews and articles ive gone through would always point or talk about this set, being under the 100$ price tag, its an amazing deal for high quality product.
So being the loving son that I am, I decided to trust these reviewers and bought these for my mom.
When you open the box it comes in, ALL of the knives are properly packaged individually.
The block that it comes with is stunning and gives your kitchen a +1 in design points.
Apperantly all knives came already sharp and ready to use!
The weight of these knives feels amazing, it feels like your holding a 100$+ set of knives.
AMAZING! I REPEAT, FOR UNDER 100$, these knives work amazingly well!
This coming from the chef herself (my mother), these are the best knives she ever worked with, they cut flawlessly, and when she usually has to either put more power in cutting is now a thing of the past.
The design on these are also another +, the handles are not glued or bolted to the knife as far as i can tell, it feels like 1 complete piece.
So far no problem with cleaning, because there are some knives out there that either the handles can fill up with water or something like that but with these, again it feels like its 1 complete piece of forged steel.
FOR UNDER 100$, its the best deal for a high quality set.