Victorinox 48792 Cutlery 6-Piece Steak Knife Set
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- Set of six 4-1/2-inch steak knives with wavy serrated edge and pointed tips
- Stamped stainless steel blades created with special tempering process to help preserve sharp edge
- Ergonomically designed, NSF-approved black polypropylene handles
- Will stand up to years of daily use without undue deterioration or wear
- Hand washing recommended; limited lifetime warranty
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RH Forschner by Victorinox is the knife of choice for professionals and consistently receives high accolades in product testing. This best-in-class commercial grade cutlery is now available for home use. RH Forschner by Victorinox knives feature high carbon, stainless steel blades, hand finished at Victorinox in Switzerland by skilled craftsmen. A special tempering process is used to produce an edge that can be resharpened over and over again, so the knife can keep its original sharpness throughout the entire life of the blade. Victorinox handles are ergonomically designed to minimize wrist tension. They provide a natural fit. A good heft and comfortable, positive grip are indications of a well-made knife. A sure-grip handle with a finger guard is valuable feature since the handle inevitably gets greasy, wet, or both. Although cutlery steel is naturally sanitary, materials and construction details of the handle minimize crevices what would offer hospitality to bacteria.
When steak is on the menu, pull out this set of six steak knives from Victorinox (model 88792), each of which features a pointed tip and serrated edge. Because the blades are stamped rather than forged the price is kept reasonable, yet the high-carbon, stainless steel is extremely durable and the ground, tempered edges maintain their razor-sharpness for a considerable length of time. The molded polypropylene handles provide a sure grip, have no grooves or rivets to harbor bacteria, and are dishwasher-safe. All in all, the knives are lightweight, very sharp, and designed to slice through meat with ease.
Started in 1884 in Switzerland, Victorinox is perhaps best known as the manufacturer of the Original Swiss Army Knife. Today Victorinox by R.H. Forschner makes everyday cutlery for the home as well as professional forged cutlery and multi-purpose tools. Hand-finished in Switzerland, the knives are covered by a lifetime warranty against defects. --Ann Bieri
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As background, I should mention that I own a LOT of knives ranging all the way from the Traditional German Makers (Henckels; Wusthof) to the currently-popular Japanese knives (Shun; Global) to REALLY expensive handforged custom knifes from master knive smiths in the U.S. and Japan.
However, I like to use serrated knives for some things, like steak.
The issue is that serrated knives are inherently disposable in my opinion. The serrated edge just cannot be maintained easily by the average consumer. These knives are often made using less expensive techniques like stamping, rather than forging. I have owned some relatively expensive serrated knives that have lasted for many years, but eventually the edges get too dull and then it is time to replace them.
Therefore I think one has to calibrate one's expectations for a serrated knife to reality.
That all having been said, when it came time to replace my Henckels streak knives I decided to go lower end this time around. So after reading a lot of reviews, I bought these Victorinox knives. Here are my thoughts:
PROS: They are ridiculously inexpensive - less than $6/knive. I cannot imagine that one could get a better knife for that little money. They arrive EXTREMELY sharp - dangerously so. After a month of fairly heavy use, they seem to be not as sharp (or dangerous) as when they first arrived, but they are still VERY sharp. It seems that the sharpness level has kind of "settled in" and I have not noticed much change after the first week or so. So I am optimistic that they will maintain their current level of sharpness for a long time. They are extremely functional: they do an excellent, effortless, job cutting all types of meat.
CONS: They do not look very elegant. Not trashy, but not classy either. Just very functional. If I was hosting a formal dinner, I might want to set out some different knives that convey more of a sense of style. But for everyday use by the family, they are plenty fine. The blade is just a wee bit flimsy. Maybe flimsy is not even the best word, but if you apply significant pressure you can flex the blade from side to side. Not a lot, but some. On some more expensive serrated knives, this is not possible. However I have not noticed any torquing or flexing at all in actual use. So maybe this is more an issue of "perceived quality" rather than actual functionality. Finally, the length of the actual blade is a little shorter than I would prefer. Maybe another 1/2" to 3/4" would be better.
Bottom line: These knifes represent a very good value for a serrated knife. I cannot give them a full five stars because of the less-than-elegant appearance and the blade length. But I am happy with my purchase, and assuming that someone's expectations are properly calibrated then I recommend they consider these knives.
After three and a half years, the sharpness has worn down to the point where I believe that it is time to replace these knives. We have used these knives several times every week over that period - probably averaging 4 or 5 times a week. Never ran them through the dishwasher - always hand washed and dried. I think that getting that much use out a cheap, stamped, serrated edge knife is very good. Unfortunately, I see that the price of these knives has gone up substantially (about 66%!!!) since we bought the last set in 2011, so I will be shopping around first before making a final decision. But if I don't find a better deal, I will not hesitate to buy these same knives again.
Note: the original knife is the lower one. New purchase is the upper one
The serrations to an excellent job of cutting. Just be sure you use them appropriately! That is, cut by applying gentle pressure and moving the knife forward and back, like in a sawing motion. The serrations should keep on cutting spectacularly even after the blade itself has grown dull. Remember, gentle pressure! You'll find these knives actually cut better when you find just the right amount of pressure to put down, or, in other words, more pressure isn't generally the way to cut better with these.
I paired these knives (plus about six various kitchen knives, also Victorinox with the same style handles) with the Totally Bamboo 20-2091 In-Drawer Bamboo Knife Block, also sold on Amazon. With this combo, everything tuck nicely away in a kitchen drawer, and the whole ensemble fits together wonderfully. Best of all, buying the knives and block separately saved me a boatload of money! Great knives at a great price! Can't knock it.
Some reviewers complained of spots on the knife blades after being washed in the dishwasher. I have not had that problem at all...maybe because I use a rinse agent. We have hard water and since the reformulation of dishwasher detergent a few years ago (to make it more environmentally friendly) our dishes, glasses and the interior of our dishwasher became very spotty/hazy without the use of a rinse agent. Except for the very first time our knives are always washed in my dishwasher and come out shiny/spot-free. The only reason I washed them by hand for the first use was because I didn't want to wait for the dishwasher!
NSF stands for the National Sanitation Foundation. These knives are NSF-approved which means they have been put through rigorous testing. The NSF seal is accepted by most county health departments, but is not a one-time deal. Products are repeatedly tested year after year to ensure that they still meet the standards. The black polypropylene handles are part of what makes these knives NSF-approved...there are no places for bacteria to hide compared to riveted knife handles.
Last but not least, they are attractive on my dinner table and very sharp! These knives slice through a steak like it was butter. Highly recommend these knives!