Ginsu Knife Block Set Review, 14 Piece

Stainless Steel Serrated Never Sharpen Blades w/ Black Storage

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Ginsu Knife Block Set, 14 Piece If this is your first time shopping around for a set of kitchen knives, then I'm sure this Ginsu Knife Block Set clearly stood out among the rest. It comes with a lot of knives that never need to be sharpened, and it's a great price. You're probably asking, "What's the catch?"

Thing is, these knives are more suited for an occasional home cook on a budget, someone who doesn't need to use kitchen knives daily and may not want a better set that requires maintenance. The knives are made from Japanese high carbon stainless steel and feature double-edged serrated blades that supposedly never need to be sharpened. They arrive sharp out of the box and are paired with ergonomic handles as well as a limited lifetime warranty. (Factor in an average replacement cost of $3 per knife to cover shipping if you ever need to return one.)

The set includes a very well-rounded choice of knife options, better than some I've seen, actually. A chef's knife, Japanese santoku, bread knife, boning knife, utility knife, and paring knife are your main cutting options. Ginsu also includes six steak knives and a pair of kitchen shears to round out the set. Each piece fits into a black hardwood knife block. The knives are dishwasher safe, but to make sure rust is avoided over time, wash by hand and make sure each knife is completely dry before returning to the knife block.

However, if quality is more important to you than price, I'd forgo this set and focus on a smaller collection of well-made knives that could last you a lifetime if maintained properly. Knives that never need sharpening aren't a good match for consumers who take cooking seriously. Knives that can be sharpened and maintained to one's own preferences are a much better choice. Even though they require maintenance, the edges are much sharper in the end, and the quality is noticeably more durable. It's like comparing a Kia to a BMW.

One such option is the Victorinox Forged Knife Set, a starter set that bundles the only knives a chef needs to get by on: a chef's knife, utility knife, and paring knife. They're forged from Solingen steel and are solidly made with full-tang handles.

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