This ten-piece block set in the Classic Chef pattern from Chicago Cutlery does not represent the best that China offers today. Out of this large assortment of imported standard kitchen knives, only the wooden knife block gets an honorable rating.
Serrated knives — and all knives in this set are serrated — appeal to those who don’t care to sharpen knives, but serrated knives still have to begin as sharp blades. This assortment of high carbon stainless steel prep and steak knives often doesn’t show that good beginning. Unless you own the sharpening equipment necessary to touch up the edges of these knives out of the box, you could be disappointed. Chicago Cutlery does offer a lifetime warranty for the set, and certainly not all will arrive with poorly prepared cutting edges, but buying this basic assortment does entail some risk.
That’s a shame, because otherwise this is not a bad deal. This inexpensive knife block set includes a stamped stainless steel chef’s knife, slicing knife, and bread knife with seven-inch blades and triple-riveted full tang slab handles of durable and stable polymer. A five-inch utility knife, three-inch paring knife and four 4-1/2-inch steak knives complete the set.
The hardwood knife block provides ten slots — four for the steak knives and six for the assorted prep knives. There’s no port for a honing steel (which is useless on serrated blades) and no room for expansion. Chicago Cutlery recommends hand washing, and since the bar has been set rather low for this collection, do not put them through the dishwasher.
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