KitchenAid KA1SS14TB 14-Piece Stainless Steel Knife Set with Block
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- 14-piece contemporary knife set includes 8-inch chef, 8-inch slicer, 7-inch santoku, 5-1/2-inch utility, and 3-1/2-inch paring knives
- Also includes black hardwood knife block, 6 steak knives, a sharpening steel, and a pair of kitchen shears
- High-carbon, stainless-steel blades; forged steak knife blades
- Ergonomically designed brushed stainless steel handles
- Hand washing recommended
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KitchenAid Stainless Steel 14-Piece Block Set. Set includes: 8" Chef, 8" Slicer, 7" Santoku, 5" Serrated Utility, 3 1/2" parer, Sharpening Steel, Black Kitchen Shear in a Black Traditional Block. A full complement of cutlery for every use.
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The 3 big knifes are amazing. The spine (back edge) is rounded for comfort. The bolster (where the blade meets the handle) is rounded and extremely comfortable to use for long periods. Also the bolster / heel design eliminates the chance of cutting yourself from a sharp edge at the base of the blade. The balance is really good as well. These are really comfortable knives to use for extended periods of time. If you do not know knife skills please look them up and use a pinch grip for slicing and chopping. These knives are almost ergonomic for the pinch grip. I second guessed the quality of this set I got as a gift till I saw how much thought was put into the design and researched the materials used. These are my best knives I own and I use them daily with pride.
If you use your knives daily you will need to care for them. Cut on only plastic or wood, hone with the sharpening steel every couple of uses (more on that below), and keep it sharp by a professional or sharpen them on your own. Never put a quality knife like this in the dishwasher. When you are done with it rinse it and wash if needed, hand dry and place back in the block. Not only will it keep your knives in their best shape but it is a basic safety measure. Dishwashers destroy sharp knives. Not only do the detergents damage the edge, but the heat can weaken the temper of the edge since it is so thin. The carbon content of these knives will rust if not properly taken care of. This is not pure stainless, this is a professional set of high quality knives. This might seem rude, but if you cannot take proper care of your knives you do not deserve this set.
The sharpening steel is a name that suggests it actually sharpens, it does not. It should be called a honing steel. What it does is straighten out the edge to correct any rolling of the edge that has happened after use. The steel included is very good and magnetized to collect burs that might be removed during honing.
I have had these knives professionally sharpened and then started sharpening them myself. They hold an edge very well and the quality of the metal shines through. I do not know of another set that has so many great design qualities and is made of such fine materials for the price. I would recommend these to anyone and buy them as gifts if only my friends cooked at home as much as I do.
My only complaints are:
- the scissors are not as strong as I would like. I replaced them with a more robust pair
- the steak knives are a bit blunt and not too sharp. I used a sharpening stone to sharpen them to my liking. I understand why they came that way though.
- the serrated knife is a bit small and hard to work with. I would of liked a bigger and better designed serrated / bread knife.
Still not enough to dock a star for the price point.
As to the comments about sharpness, all knives get dull. If you have stainless steel knives, they will eventually get dull. When they do, they are extremely hard to sharpen. (First thing I did at work was to get rid of the large, straight-bladed knives with stainless blades.) I sharpen all our knives once a month with a high-quality electric sharpener.
Conclusion: these KitchenAid knives will give very good service at a low price. To give you a price comparison, my one Henckels chef knife cost more than this entire set of KitchenAid knives.
I highly recommend them.