We have a good friend (Wendy) who’s daughter is moving into her first apartment next month and she plans to outfit her new kitchen as a house-warming gift. Wendy called to ask about knife sets (apparently it was faster than checking out our site!) and what we’d recommend for her. After a few basic questions – How much cooking does she plan to do? She will cook at home a lot to save money and she like to try out new recipes on her friends. How much do you want to spend? Not more than $200 as she has a whole kitchen to buy for. Well this was a no-brainer – we told her to get the Victorinox Cultery Knife set – it is a great starter set. It is the right price and the quality will make her feel like an amature chef!
A little Victorinox Cutlery history…
Yes they are the makers of the famous, and infinetly handy Swiss Army Knife. Victorinox cutlery has been distributed in the United States since 1884 (years before the Swiss Army knife). In 1937 Victorinox joined forces with R.H. Forschner (a New York company that built butcher scales) and soon became North America’s dominant professional brand – distributed to the commercial, food service, and retail trade classes. In 2009, in conjunction with Victorinox’s 125th anniversary, the company, Victorinox Swiss Army, Inc., has decided to remove the “RH Forschner” name from all blades.
How are they made – the less technical version…
Blade: they are made of high-carbon, no-stain-steel. As far as steel quality goes…this ranks very high (similar to what you would see in a more expensive brand like Wusthof).
All blades are conically ground on the full length of the blade as well as ground crosswise and then laser tested to ensure cutting power – this is “code” for: 1)less risk of blade braking and 2)less resistance for easier cutting.
They have created a special tempering process for the edge so that it can be sharpened again and again – and still be as sharp as it was on day one! So with regular care you can keep this blade at its original sharpness for as long as you own it.
Tang: they have a full tang which means that there is a single piece of steel from tip through the end of the hilt (encased in the handle) – giving you a knife that is stronger and more solidly constructed. It is much more difficult for the handle to break off a full tang knife than one with a half or quarter tang.
Fibrox Handles: these babies have their own patent! These handles are one of our favorite features of this Victorinox Cultery set. They very comfortable in the hand and the textured surface helps to ensure a good, safe grip – even when they are wet. The have the National Sanitary Foundation (NSF) seal of approval.
What is a stamped blade – and why would you want one?
Stamped blades start out as cold-rolled pieces of steel, then they are cut into their shapes. From there they are ground, tempered, and sharpened. Stamped blades are lighter and narrower than forged ones. The advantages of stamped knives are:
• cutting and slicing is less fatiguing
• you’ll have less wrist strain
• they are easier to manipulate at faster speeds
• they are less expensive than forged knives (there are less production steps needed to make them)
Where are they made?
This line of Victorinox Cultery – a.k.a Forschner Fibrox is manufactured in Ibach, Switzerland. Victorinox is the largest knife manufacturer in Europe.
What is in the set:
- 4″ Parer
- 6″ Boning
- 8″ Chef’s
- 8″ Bread
- 10″ Slicer
- 10″ Honing Steel
- Kitchen Shears
- 9 slot Oak Block (note: there are 2 slots that are empty so you can expand you collection in the future)
What we like:
This Victorinox Cultery Knife Set has light-weight, strong knives that they perform very well everyday. The handles have great a feel and comfortable grip. They can approach the quality of a forged knife set – at a much lower price point – which is why it is our top pick of “moderate” priced knife sets.
What we don’t like:
We always like to present the whole story (good or bad) in our reviews but we really haven’t found anything wrong with these. One thing we can tell you – if you are looking for a heavier, professional style set – this is not for you.
What others are saying:
Forschner Victorinox knives have regularly appeared as highly ranked and recommended kitchen tools in Cook’s Illustrated, Men’s Health, The Cincinnati Enquirer, New York Magazine, and Natural Health, just to name a few.
We did a lot of additional online research on this product and found the overwhelming majority of people gave it a five star rating (thanks for agreeing with us!)
Here are some consumer comments that were posted:
“ I was a little hesitant to pick up decent knives that where not forged, but this set has been great”
“Really like the handles.”
“For the money, these are the best quality that I have found anywhere.”
The price (especially on Amazon) is unbeatable for the quality.
So all in all, a good deal and deserving of 5 stars based on the value.
If you need new kitchen knives, your search is over.
But can they go in the dishwasher?
We would love to be able to tell you yes….but NO really they shouldn’t. The heat and agitation can ruin the edge. And dishwasher detergents can be cause pitting and spotting on the blades. The handles could also discolor and develop a white film with constant use of the dishwasher.
We recommended to simply wash in soapy water, rinse and immediately hand dry. As tempting as it may be to just leave the dishes in the sink, soaking til tomorrow ….you shouldn’t leave your knives in water overnight!
How do you keep them sharp?
This knife set comes with a 10”honing steel. Please see our article on sharpening your knives for instructions on how to use it properly.
What Kind of Warranty?
They have a lifetime guarantee against manufacturer defects.
Where can you find the BEST PRICE?
Amazon consistently has the lowest price on this product:
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