From Simply Calphalon, this three-piece cutlery set offers two excellent knives and a pair of kitchen shears that’s handy but a little disappointing. Since there’s no way to disassemble the shears, cross-contamination could be a problem.
The forged six-inch santoku and 4-1/2-inch paring knife both feature classic polymer slab handles triple-riveted to the knives’ full tangs. Handles are comfortable and withstand extremes of moisture and temperature without distortion. The gap-free construction prevents buildup of food residue between the grip and tang and makes cleanup a simple task. Like most other stain-free cutlery today, hand washing is recommended since running this steel through a dishwasher could blemish the blades. A slight reduction in corrosion resistance is balanced by a much longer-lasting cutting edge.
These high carbon stain-free steel blades are taper-ground for efficient cutting, and the santoku features friction-reducing granton hollows above the cutting edge. The granton prevents most foods from stacking up on the blade, and when used to slice meat, the knife’s hollows collect lubricating juices for thin slicing without tearing. The paring knife may be a little large for some prepping chores, but the extra length will come in handy in many other ways — as a boning knife, utility, or sandwich blade, the slim blade and forged stainless steel bolster will serve well.
The kitchen shears double as nutcrackers and bottle openers but shouldn’t be used for preparing meat, since they don’t come apart for cleaning.
Supplement this good trio with the Chef’s Choice Poultry Shears — made to disassemble, and specifically designed for cutting meat.
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