The Global 6-Piece Knife Block Set is a great way to jump up to the higher standards of Global knives with a basic but versatile assortment of important blades. The set includes knives from both the G and GS series plus a stainless steel knife block with room for five more Global knives and a sharpening steel.
Everything about Global is either a little different or very different. The company began building all stainless steel knives in 1985, when designer Komin Yamada was given free reign to build a new line of the best modern kitchen knives possible. Basing his concepts partly on old samurai traditions and stressing the use of the best modern materials and methods, Yamada set Global Cutlery on a path that soon led to worldwide recognition.
In this set, you’ll sample some of those original and still innovative good ideas with a 7-inch cook’s knife, 8-1/4-inch carving knife, and 8-3/4-inch bread knife from Global’s G series. The other two knives come from Global’s GS series — the 5-1/4-inch utility knife and 4-inch paring knife both have the dovetail-shaped handle that most now associate with Global. A wide vertical section up front and a flaring horizontal section in back secure the knife against both fingers and palm.
Made from Cromova high carbon stainless steel, the thin blades receive hollow welded handles of dimpled stainless steel balanced with a carefully measured amount of sand, which is permanently sealed inside. Tempered to Rockwell 56-58, the blades are not ground with a Western style of edge bevel. This is one of the reasons Global knives cut so well — the blades taper gradually to the edge with an acute angle that glides through the work.
Five good knives and a matching stainless steel block are enough reason to give this set a second look. The block has plenty of room for more.
If you’re interested in a space-saving starter set from Global, try the Global 5-Piece Set with Storage Tray.