Cuisinart’s 14-Piece Knife Block Set includes a wide range of useful prep knives and should cover the needs of the average kitchen well. The block does not offer room for expansion and does not provide storage for the bonus santoku.
If you’re not looking for a massive knife block to organize your entire cutlery collection, this practical assortment from Cuisinart could be a welcome temptation. The set offers a sharpening steel and kitchen shears as well as six good steak knives, but the heart of the Cuisinart selection is the assortment of prep knives. An eight-inch chef’s knife is the fundamental blade with an eight-inch carving knife and bread knife to match. For smaller work, there’s a 4-3/4 -inch utility knife with serrated blade and a 3-1/2 inch paring knife with fine edge. The knife many sets miss is right here — a seven-inch bonus santoku will cover most of your fine slicing needs.
Edge quality may not be the best straight out of the box, so expect to do some touch-up work on your own. The design of these knives is heavy with fully forged blades and bolsters and triple-riveted handle slabs. This old style is functional and tough, but does include a few extra ounces of steel. The extra weight should only be a fatigue issue if you work in the kitchen for a living.
As with most brands of cutlery today, the knives in this set should not be washed in the dishwasher. Modern steel formulated for good edge retention is stain resistant but not stain proof, and could spot-rust if washed in high temperatures with caustic cleaners. Letting food dry on the blades could also mar the steel. The best way to maintain the finish is to wash by hand in mild detergent immediately after use.
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