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I compared this to my other quality knives...
on October 28, 2010
I waited a few weeks for this review, because I wanted to break in the knives a bit, so I could fairly compare this with other knives. Since cutting ability is the most important feature of a knife, I did a cutting comparison.
I chose to test the straight/smooth blades of the chef's knives because serrated knives tend to work well even over time without sharpening. I took the chef's knife from this set and the ceramic Victorinox knife that I own (which my kids call 'the terrorist knife' because it's so sharp) and a Cutco chef's knife.
I cut some chewy artisan bread with each knife, sawing slowly and applying a light amount of pressure. I felt the lighter knives did the best, with the ceramic knife (the lightest) performing a hair better than the Cutco. But then I tried more dense foods, like summer sausage and hard cheese, and it seemed like the heavier forged knife from this set performed a little better. The heavier weight kind of held the knife down to the surface and kept it in place as I cut down. It was easier to cut even slices with this forged knife. For the cheddar, which is a medium weight cheese, all knives seemed equally as good. So my conclusion is that for the ideal ease in cutting, you should match the weight of the knife with the density/weight of the food. That said, all three knives performed well.
For feel, the ceramic knife is very lightweight, will supposedly hold its sharpness the longest and it's 'cool'. But I know it can break easily, from being dropped or even in the dishwasher. The Cutco is medium weight. I love the elegant white handles and they sharpen their knives for a nominal fee for the life of the product. This Victorinox set excels in feeling solid and looking as sturdy as it feels. I thought I would not like a heavier weighted set, but I do enjoy working with it and the knives give you a feeling like they will last forever. Sleek.
I give it 4 1/2 stars knocking it a little because the lighter knives were a little better at the bread.