This basic Victorinox 7-Piece Knife Block Set includes four useful knives from the stamped steel and Fibrox line of Victorinox cutlery. Lightweight but high quality, these practical knives are one of the best cutlery bargains available.
Aside from the standard block set tools of kitchen shears and honing steel, new owners will get a fine hardwood storage block and a basic assortment of prep knives. The 3-1/2-inch paring knife, 4-1/2-inch utility knife, and both 5-inch and 8-inch chef’s knives will all find frequent use in any kitchen. The black Fibrox handles enclose wide tangs of the same high carbon stain-free steel as the blades. This permanent tight fit excludes food debris and bacteria and reduces the risk of cross-contamination of food.
From a distance, the knives may look plain — but up close, you find strong but flexible high carbon stainless steel blades, accurately ground and shaped for efficient cutting. Handles have a simple shape but are designed well for each task and knife size, with larger handles allowing better grip and control for the larger blades. All knives except the utility knife are easily sharpened at home, usually only needing a touch-up on the honing steel. The one serrated blade is long-lasting but when dull should be sharpened by a professional.
Approved by the NSF and recommended by respected critics from New York Magazine, Cook’s Illustrated, and many others, the R.H. Forschner by Victorinox product line began in 1937. The Forschner brand name dropped off the Victorinox company logo in 2009, but returning customers will find the same good knives and high standards as before. The biggest problem with the set is that you’ll soon want more — the best news is that Victorinox manufactures over 300 styles and also sells by the piece.
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