Ginsu Gourmet Chikara Series Forged 12-Piece Japanese Steel Knife Set Review

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Ginsu Gourmet Chikara Series Forged 12-Piece Japanese Steel Knife Set - Cutlery Set with 420J Stainless Steel Kitchen Knives - Bamboo Finish Block, 07112DS

1. I got the package today and used them right away. Overall, I am satisfied with this purchase. Check out the product image review I posted, these pictures should provide a better visual reference for future buyers. The blade is softer than I thought, knives may not tolerant abuse. It is not as good as Shun knife when you want to cut thin, but for what you paid this set of knives can still be considered good. Plus, you may not want a knife that is too sharp. I cut myself so many times using Shun knives.

2. This knife set seems pretty good for the money. Most of the knives are quite sharp. I like the solid construction and the feel of the knives. Some of the knives already have little rust spots on them and we have only had the set for 2 weeks and wash them according to the instructions. The slots in the knife block are straight up and down (as opposed to tilted like some sets). This makes it impossible to get the knives in or out when the block is underneath a kitchen cabinet.

3. I have had these knives for about a week now and can’t stop chopping things to cook. I really love the feel of these knives. The only thing I have found is that I have been really careful with these knives (ie. washing them, using them, putting them in the block, etc.) and I noticed last night that the Santoku knife has a little nick in the blade. Not very noticeable and the knife still cuts wonderfully, but still stinks none the less. However, I believe the knives have a lifetime replace for $5 a knife to cover s & h. Only another thing that is negative is that the scissors don’t come apart for cleaning. I tried to look at this before buying it and couldn’t find a pic or anything anywhere. I REALLY THINK THESE KNIVES ARE WORTH THE MONEY.

Ginsu Gourmet Chikara Series Forged 12-Piece Japanese Steel Knife Set - Cutlery Set with 420J Stainless Steel Kitchen Knives - Bamboo Finish Block, 07112DS

4. I’ve only used a couple of the knives a few times, but currently, I think they work great. Cut well, good weight and feel in my hands. I intend to take good care of them, washing them and drying them by hand after each use, but the honing might take some practice. It would have been helpful if the care instructions included more information about using a sharpening steel. I looked up some videos on YouTube so that’s helpful. The knife block seems good and doesn’t take up too much of my limited counter space.

5. For this price, these knives are great! Granted, I have only had them for 2 weeks, but they are very sharp and look expensive. The only minimal complaint I have is the design of the block. It’s completely vertical, making it hard to get the knives out if you want to keep them under your cabinets. I rearranged my kitchen a little bit and have managed fine.

6. Pro – I like working with very sharp knives, and these are very sharp. They also have a substantial feel to them.
Con – They can rust. I sometimes revert to my older stainless knife when I can not dry the Ginsu soon after use. Also, the wooden block housing the knives are shaped like a rectangle requiring the knives to be removed/ replaced straight down. My older block was cut on an angle so I could remove/replace the knives from the side, a great advantage if the knives are tucked under a low kitchen cabinet.

Ginsu Gourmet Chikara Series Forged 12-Piece Japanese Steel Knife Set - Cutlery Set with 420J Stainless Steel Kitchen Knives - Bamboo Finish Block, 07112DS

7. It’s still pretty new, and I like it a lot. I promise not to ruin this set by putting any of the knives into the dishwasher. The one thing that drives me crazy, as with any knife, is that when slicing things like potatoes, they stick to the blade-like they’ve been glued on! Other than that, so far this is a very good knife set, nice and sharp, and they glide through whatever I’m cutting.

8. I am very disappointed with the product I received! After doing a lot of research I decided to go with the Ginsu Chikara knife set however, I did not receive the Ginsu Chikara series. I received a chef knife with the Ginsu Chikara Series logo on it and the block with the Ginsu Chikara logo but the rest of the knives all have a Signature Series logo on them. The handles on the Signature Series knives look worn. The chef knife seems to be of high quality but I haven’t been able to test it out since I will probably have to return the set.

9. I’ve had these for over two years, and they’ve been a disappointment all the way. First, I learned the hard way that the tip of the chef’s knife bends if you accidentally put it in the santoku slot. Second, the scissors fell apart – literally – after less than a year. Third, the blade of the santoku knife actually fell off of the handle while I was handwashing it. Fourth – the remaining knives (except for the paring knife) cannot keep an edge after two years of moderate use. I regret not spending more to buy a Henckels set.