Consumer Reports’ Kitchen Cutlery Test, May 2009

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ginsu-chikara-consumer-reportsThis month, Consumer Reports published the results from their latest kitchen test, determining which among 49 different knife sets presented the buyer with the best functionality and value for their money.

Included in this test were several knife sets from celebrity chefs, namely Paula Deen, Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse, and Rachael Ray. The quantity of knives in each set ranged between 3 and 20 pieces, and were priced between $50 and $600 per set.

Testers in this experiment measured the chopping, paring, and slicing abilities of the respective knives in each set. They used the bigger chef's knives, cleavers, and/or santokus for chopping carrots, onions, and celery, then used paring knives to cut several potatoes. Testers rounded out the experimental process by using utility or slicing knives on salami, determining the overall cutting performance.

So which sets "made the cut," so to speak? Forged cutlery sets scored the highest marks overall. CR pointed out that while forged steel might be more expensive than stamped steel, knives made from forged steel will be sturdier and less apt to warp or bend, thus extending their longevity and saving money in the long run.

Interestingly, none of the celebrity chefs' knife sets even made the top 10. Quite a few were at the bottom of the list.

And Consumer Reports' "Best Buy" turned out to be the 8-piece Ginsu Chikara knife set, priced at $100. They highlighted the Chicago Cutlery Metropolitan 8-piece set as well.

Sources: Consumer Reports

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