Cuisinart Knife Set Review

A knife set makes a great gift for someone just setting up a house. A block set, like the Cuisinart Knife Set, places an assortment of essential kitchen tools in easy reach in an attractive holder.

Nothing is more useful to someone working in the kitchen than having some basic knives and a set of kitchen shears.

First, a Word about Rust

Almost all the user complaints about the four knife sets we are comparing focus on rust spots on the knives. Some users complained that the knives didn’t do well in the dishwasher.

Others said that they got rust spots when left to air dry. All kitchen knives regardless of price point should be handled with care. They should not be washed in the dishwasher.

They should not be left to air dry. They should not be left soaking in the sink. They should be washed and dried as soon as conveniently possible after use.

This is true for the chef’s knives costing anywhere from $500 to $1000 each, and it’s true for the starter knives in the sets we are reviewing.

Professional chefs would never put their knives through a commercial dishwasher both for concerns about the high temperature of the water and wear and tear on the blades.

They often carry their knives with them in a fitted case to protect them from misuse.

We will not be mentioning rust spots as a negative for any of these knife sets. A starter knife set is the opportunity to form the right kind of habits of taking care of knives so when the day comes that you graduate to an expensive chef’s knife, you will know how to treat it.

About the Cuisinart Classic Stainless Steel Cutlery 15-piece Block Set

The Cuisinart Knife Set is a complete starter set filled with the basic cutting tools that every home cook needs.

The set comes with an 8″ chef knife, 8″ slicing knife, 7″ Santoku Knife, 5.5″ serrated utility knife, 3.5″ paring knife, 3.5″ Bird’s Beak paring knife, 8″ sharpening steel, household shears, six 4.5″ hot-forged steak knives and a heavy wood block to hold them all.

This is a popular knife set and gets high marks from its users.

Product Features of the Cuisinart Knife Set

The Cuisinart Knife Set contains six knives made with quality high carbon stainless steel blades and six hot-forged steak knives.

The blades are precision-tapered ground blades that narrow gradually to a sharp, fine edge. The knife handles are made of stainless steel and have been ergonomically designed with a sturdy bolster for stability, control, and comfort.

The bolster is the thick junction between the handle and the knife blade and serves to provide a smooth transition from the blade to the handle.

The bolster adds strength, durability, and counterbalance to the knife, compensating for the fact that the knife handle is lighter than the blade.

Pricing

The four knife sets we are comparing are basic starter sets at prices ranging from around $20 to around $120. All four of these knife sets are products of top manufacturers of knives.

These sets create an opportunity for those companies to develop brand loyalty by putting decent complete sets in the hands of young cooks, some of whom will develop the taste for more expensive knives and knife sets.  All are available through Amazon.com.

How this Cuisinart Knife Set Compares with Others

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

Farberware 15-Piece Stamped Stainless Steel Knife Block Set

J.A. Henckels 15700-000 Fine Edge Synergy Knife Block Set, 15 Piece

Chicago Cutlery Fusion 18pc Block Set

Cuisinart Knife Set

Cuisinart C77SS-15PK 15-piece Hollow Handle Block Set, Stainless...
  • SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE: Cuisinart’s 15-piece Superior high-carbon stainless steel blades for precision and accuracy
  • TOTAL CONTROL: Strong, durable bolster for perfect stability and control. Lightweight knives that slice, carve, and chop...
  • WELL BUILT: Precision-tapered ground blades that narrow gradually to an extremely sharp, fine edge – Ergonomically...

Price

This Cuisinart Knife Set is priced at around $45. In this comparison that price places this set above the lowest priced Farberware set, slightly below the J. A. Henckels set, and well below the Chicago Cutlery set.

Design Quality

This knife set has a contemporary sleek look with its dark block and all steel knives, and it includes both stainless steel blades and handles.

Cuisinart’s emphasis on the sturdy bolster indicates an awareness of the importance of this feature for the balance of the knife.

The bolster is the thick junction that provides a smooth transition from the handle to the knife blade. Since the handle is lighter than the blade, the bolster is important to strengthen the knife, add durability, and provide a counter-balance.  

Warranty

Cuisinart offers a one-year limited warranty on this Cuisinart Knife Set. The consumer is to pay to ship both to and from the company.

On a knife set in this price range, it would be cheaper to replace the piece than to send it in for repair or replacement.

Pros

  • An excellent value in a complete knife set
  • Attractive contemporary appearance of both knives and block
  • Set includes sharpening steel

Cons

  • Steak knife edges are not serrated, although the importance of that is a matter of debate
  • Some rust spots may occur despite careful washing and drying
  • Slits in the block not always a good fit 

Farberware 15-Piece Stamped Stainless Steel Knife Block Set

Farberware Stamped 15-Piece High-Carbon Stainless Steel Knife Block...
  • High quality blade: Each blade is expertly crafted from superior quality, high carbon stainless steel which ensure the...
  • Comfort grip: Featuring a satin finish, the handles are crafted from stainless steel and are ergonomically designed for...
  • Perfect set for back to college: Best gift for new college students, grads, newlyweds, or anyone setting up a first time...

This Farberware Knife Block set has 15 pieces including an 8-inch chef’s knife, 8-inch bread knife, 8-inch slicer knife, 7-inch Santoku, 5.5-inch serrated utility knife, 3.5-inch paring knife, six 4.5-inch steak knives, a pair of all-purpose kitchen scissors, a sharpening rod, and a black wood storage block.

This brand is the number one selling knife brand in the U.S. Farberware makes quality knives that match the cooking skills, interest, and budget of cooks at every level. This is a starter set that introduces the user to this line of knives.

Price

This Farberware Knife Block Set is priced at around $20, making it the least expensive set in this comparison.

Features

The Farberware blades in this set are crafted from quality high-carbon stainless steel. The stamped blades are designed to have sharp edges and hold their sharpness longer than conventional stainless steel.

The knife handles are ergonomically designed to have a comfortable grip and the knives are balanced to provide precision while cutting.

Design Quality

This is a nice-looking set with a dark wood holder, The knives themselves have a brushed finish on the handles and the contemporary look of an all stainless steel design.

Warranty

This knife set has the Farberware Lifetime Warranty, but even more than the Cuisinart set, by the time the user pays shipping it would be cheaper to replace the defective piece.

Pros

  • Complete knife set including steak knives and sharpening steel at a very low price
  • Attractive knife and holder design
  • Ideal for a college student or young single just setting up a kitchen

 

Cons

  • It’s hard to find fault with a 15 piece knife set that includes shears, sharpening steel and wood storage block for around $20

J.A. Henckels 15700-000 Fine Edge Synergy Knife Block Set, 15 Piece

J.A. Henckels International Fine Edge Synergy Knife Block Set, 15...
  • High-performance, fine-edge blades with the comfort and convenience of a soft grip handle
  • 15-pc set includes: 2.75-inch paring knife, 6-inch utility knife, 5.5-inch boning knife, 5-inch tomato knife, 8-inch...
  • Ergonomic heavy duty break-resistant handles

The J. A. Henckels Synergy Knife Block Set is a 15-piece set that includes a 2.75-inch paring knife, 6-inch utility knife, 5.5-inch boning knife, 5-inch tomato knife, 8-inch bread knife, 8-inch chef’s knife, 8-inch carving knife, six 4.5-inch steak knives, 9-inch sharpening steel and a hardwood knife block.

Price

This J. A. Henckels Knife Block Set is priced at around $52.

Features

The knives in this set are designed with high-performance, fine edged blades with the comfort and convenience of a soft grip handle.

The handle has an ergonomic design to be easy to handle and comfortable. It is made of a break-resistant material.

The company specifies that these knives are dishwasher safe but still recommends hand washing and drying.

Design Quality

This is a very attractive set with the contrasting black knife handles and the block holder with the distinctive Henckels logo.

Some users have suggested that the block should be more vertical to take up less counter space, but it is a visually interesting shape and really doesn’t take up that much space.

Warranty

This knife set has the Henckels lifetime limited manufacturer warranty.

Pros

  • Soft grip handle made of break resistant material
  • Sharp edges knives
  • A good selection of knives including steak knives

Cons

  • Set has no kitchen shears

Chicago Cutlery Fusion 18pc Block Set

Chicago Cutlery | Fusion 18 Piece Forged Premium Knife Block Set with...
  • 3.25" parer, 3" peeler, 5" utility, 8 4.25" steak knives, 7.75" chef, 8" slicer, 7.75" bread, 5" partoku, 7" santoku, 8"...
  • Professional high carbon stainless steel forged blades with black comfort grip poly handles
  • Exclusive taper grind edge technology provides optimum sharpness for precise cutting and is easy to re sharpen

The Chicago Cutler Fusion 18pc Block Set is designed to meet the needs of the everyday home chef who wants to improve his or her cooking skills and upgrade from starter knives to a better quality set.

The Fusion series of knives have high-carbon stainless steel forged blades with Taper Grind Technology to give a long-lasting edge.

The black poly comfort grip handles give the user good performance and control while still being comfortable to use. The set includes a 3.25″ parer, 3″ peeler, 5″ utility, eight  4.25″ steak knives, 7.75″ chef, 8″ slicer, 7.75″ bread, 5″ partoku, 7″ santoku, 8″ stainless sharpening steel and the block.

Price

This Chicago Cutlery Block Set is priced at around $120. This is the highest priced knife set of the four we are comparing but it is still at the low end of knife sets available in the market.

Features

This Chicago Cutlery Fusion Block Set has professional quality high-carbon stainless steel forged blades with black comfort-grip poly handles. Chicago Cutlery’s exclusive Taper Grind edge technology produces optimum sharpness and it easy to re-sharpen. The stainless steel blade resists stains, rust, and pitting.  

Design Quality

This is a very handsome knife set with an attractive stainless steel plate on the black knife handle and a stained pine wood block. The blades are very strong but not heavy.

Warranty

Chicago Cutlery has a lifetime limited warranty. The company warns the user not to place these knives in the dishwasher, to hand wash and dry only, not to try to cut bones or to pry apart frozen foods.

While this set is higher priced than the others, the warranty really isn’t meaningful on knives in this price range which can be replaced about the same price if not less than the cost of shipping to the manufacturer.

Pros

  • Beautiful design with stainless steel plates on black knife handles
  • Set contains eight steak knives compared to six in the other sets
  • Designed to provide a more professional experience at a moderate price

Cons

  • Set does not have a kitchen shears
  • Steak knives do not seem as sturdy as the other knives in the set

Conclusion

The Cuisinart Knife Set is a good example of a value product that gives the consumer a variety of useful kitchen tools at a very reasonable price.

While more expensive than the Farberware set, this model offers a higher quality tool and is still very affordable. All of these sets are excellent ways to give a person a good start in the kitchen.

The Chicago Cutlery, at a little more than twice the price of the Cuisinart and Henckels sets, may well be a second set for a cook gaining in skill and confidence.

All of these sets, with their attractive wood block storage units, can have a long life cycle. All of them come with the steel sharpening rod, a very important tool for continually honing knives to maintain their sharpness.

Practicing using the rod on these sets is a great way to develop a skill that can later be used with confidence on more expensive knives. U-tube videos on honing offer good tips on how to use the sharpening rods.

For people who don’t cook much and may never advance to higher-priced equipment, these sets provide everything they may ever need for the food preparation they do.

We give the Cuisinart Knife Set 4.5 stars on a 5-star rating system. At its modest price point, it provides a very good set of tools in an attractive package complete with a wood block holder.

Last update on 2022-05-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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