No doubt these are popular knives. Cuisinart is a household name and they’ve done the trendy thing by creating light, stainless steel, bolster-less knives.
And they’re really not that bad. Cuisinart has paid good attention to detail here, providing an attractive set that will meet all of the needs of a hobbyist home chef.
So what’s the problem? The main thing is that this set is overkill. At OnlyKnives, we recommend spending your money on a small set of high-quality “essential” knives and then building that set over time.
Check out our guide to essential kitchen knives for more on that, but the gist of it is that you’ll be much happier with just three excellent knives than with nineteen mediocre knives.
In this set, you’re paying extra for a mess of steak knives, a kitchen shears, a sharpening steel, an extra paring knife and an unnecessary utility knife. If you want all those things, buy them as inexpensive add-ons, not as part of a set.
So what’s a better option? You can get a much smaller, much higher-quality set of knives by stepping up to the Messermeister Elite knives. Or you’ll find an unbeatable value in the Forschner Black Fibrox knives.