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Chicago Cutlery Insignia Knife Block Set

Stainless Steel Full Tang Cutlery 12 Piece

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Chicago Cutlery Insignia Knife BlockChicago Cutlery's Insignia Stainless Steel twelve-piece block set offers a low cost alternative to all metal knives from top modern manufacturers. Made in China, the Insignia series includes taper ground plain cutting edges, gap-free construction, and weight-saving hollow steel handles.

What looks like a satin finish version of today's best knife construction is actually an old method adapted to steel components. Not completely seamless, the knives are full tang with metal handle slabs triple-riveted securely and brushed to camouflage the joints. Blades are drop forged with full bolsters. Not quite as perfect as high tech welding, the tight construction is still so good that you shouldn't notice the difference.

Other important differences show up during use. The temper and steel aren't equal to the best available -- these knives need frequent touch-up with honing steels to stay sharp. That's not unusual for average knives, and many of us won't be put off by that. With ordinary care, the knives remain razor sharp.

Handle shape means nearly as much as edge quality in purely functional terms. The contours of the handles fit most hands well with a comfortable ergonomic pattern. It's a one-size-fits-all design that doesn't vary much from knife to knife. The 4-1/2 inch steak knives and 3-1/2 inch paring knife have handles nearly identical to the full sized eight inch chef's knife -- in look and feel, the smaller blades are unbalanced but functional. Both the eight-inch carving knife and five-inch utility knife are useful patterns, but there's a real need for a serrated pastry knife and a good santoku. The hardwood storage block offers sensible countertop convenience but no extra slots for expansion.

Ten high carbon stainless steel full tang blades and a sharpening steel cover a wide range of kitchen tasks and edge maintenance needs. Steel is stain-free and dishwasher safe but not corrosion proof -- detergents with acid additives could rust the blades. Any faults in construction are fully covered by Chicago Cutlery's lifetime warranty.

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