Cuisinart is a staple when it comes to producing durable, dependable, and quality kitchenware that doesn’t break the bank, or compromise on quality. The Cuisinart 15-Piece Graphix Collection Cutlery Knife Block Set is an excellent example of the company’s principles and a comprehensive addition to any chef’s arsenal. It offers a comprehensive set with well-made essential knives, as well as a few specialty pieces.
- The set consists of 8-inch slicing and chef’s knives, a 7-inch santoku knife, a 3.5-inch paring knife as well as a smaller 2.75-inch version with a bird’s beak, six 4.5-inch steak knives, a pair of shears, an 8-inch steel used to sharpen the knives, and a knife block
- These knives are made from excellent stainless steel with high carbon content.
- All the knives have slip-resistant, textured handles.
- The handles are very well made. They are ergonomic and feel very natural when held. Their texture ensures a good grip regardless of the food being cut, and since they are hollow the knives are light and easy to wield.
- Stainless steel is used both for the blades and the handles. There are no rivets or other places food could accumulate, making cleanup easier and the knives themselves much more hygienic.
- Maintaining the blades’ sharpness is easy and straightforward. All of them, and especially the chef’s knife, are very sharp to begin with and can hold their edge for a long time because of the carbon present in the steel. Once they do get a little dull, applying the included sharpening steel is all it takes to get them back into shape.
- The specialty knives are great for precision work. The slicer is sharp enough to cut thin slices of roast beef or pork with little pressure, and the paring knife can be used to cut up or decorate delicate food like tomatoes without deforming or squishing them.
- The shears are sturdy as well as sharp, and you can apply a lot of pressure without fear of breaking them. They are more than just a tool for opening bags of frozen goods. They can be used to cut up herbs, vegetables, and even meat.
- The set’s overall presentation is very classy. The knives’ steel complements the black knife block very nicely and together they form an eye-catching addition to any kitchen counter. The block itself has slots for each item, even for the shears and the two small paring knives, so everything can be kept together and within arm’s reach.
- The blades don’t have a tang. Rather, welding is used to secure each one to its handle. This makes the handler more likely to break off, especially if the knives aren’t cared for properly. Rust spots may start to appear, which can cause structural damage to the blade and the connecting point.
- The handles are hollow instead of solid. This can adversely affect their stability, and causes issues with the some of the knives’ balance.
- The smaller paring knife is a bit tough to handle, given its size. People with large hands might find it difficult to use as intended.
- Since they have a high carbon count, the blades tend to rust more easily than ones made with stainless steel of lesser quality. It is important to wash and dry them immediately after use to prevent this from happening.
- The steak knives aren’t serrated. Since these are the knives which will probably be used the most, their edges will get dull faster, requiring frequent sharpening.
- The knives are not dishwasher-safe. The abrasive environment of a dishwasher is very bad for the blades and will cause them to rust, so washing them manually is the only safe option.
- The knife block is made from plastic. While this isn’t a problem on its own, flecks of the plastic may stick to the knives’ edges when they’re drawn and the flecks can contaminate food.
The Cuisinart 15-Piece Graphix Collection Cutlery Knife Block Set lives up to the brand name. These knives provide the customer with a satisfactory experience at an affordable price. The great look, excellent sharpness, and well-roundedness of the entire set should compel you to try the set out for yourself. There are a few shortcomings present, but most of them can be avoided by taking care to use the knives as intended and maintaining them well.