Ginsu Kitchen Knives

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Ginsu knives first became popular in the late 1970’s after being featured in a series of popular infomercials. Since their launch, millions of Ginsu knives have been sold and they’ve been repeatedly praised by Consumer Reports for their good value and strong performance.

Where are Ginsu knives made?

Ginsu knives are manufactured in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas by Ginsu Brands.

How are Ginsu knives made?

Ginsu uses different manufacturing processes for different series. The Essentials and Koden series knives are stamped while the knives in the  Chikara and Damascus series are primarily forged (steak knives in these sets are stamped).

Fun Facts
  • Ginsu knives were originally branded “Quikut”, the brand was later changed to Ginsu to evoke the exceptional build quality and precision of samurai swords
  • Ginsu is credited with being one of the first infomercials to feature the popular catchphrase “But wait, there’s more!”

Essential Series

Ginsu’s entry level series which features knife sets with scallop serrated edges. Knives in this set are stamped not forged. Essential series sets are available in a variety of colors for those looking to differentiate their kitchen’s aesthetic.

Typical Price Range: $25 – $75

Amazon Rating: 4.0/5

Knife Set Configuration

Items Included

14 Piece Set

  • 8″ Chef’s Knife
  • 8″ Carving Knife
  • 7″ Santoku Knife
  • 5″ Boning Knife
  • 4.5″ Utility Knife
  • 3.5″ Paring Knife
  • 6 x 4.5″ Steak Knives
  • Kitchen Shears

10 Piece Set

  • 5″ Santoku Knife
  • 4.5″ Utility Knife
  • 5″ Tomato Knife
  • 3″ Paring Knife
  • 4 x 4.5″ Steak Knives
  • Kitchen Shears

Koden Series

Similar to the essential series, Koden series knives feature scalloped serrated edges but have modern stainless steel handles.

Typical Price Range: $60 – $90

Amazon Rating: 4.0/5

Knife Set Configuration

Items Included

14 Piece Set

  • 8″ Chef’s Knife
  • 8″ Carving Knife
  • 7″ Santoku Knife
  • 5″ Tomato Knife
  • 4.5″ Utility Knife
  • 3.5″ Paring Knife
  • 6 x 4.5″ Steak Knives
  • Kitchen Shears
  • Knife Block

10 Piece Set

  • 6″ Chef’s Knife
  • 8″ Carving Knife
  • 5.5″ Utility Knife
  • 3.5″ Paring Knife
  • 4 x 4.5″ Steak Knives
  • Kitchen Shears
  • Knife Block

Chikara Series

Ginsu’s premium series which features forged, Japanese stainless steel knives. This series specifically has been rated a “Best Buy” by Consumer Reports and also features a limited lifetime warranty. The Chikara series is our favourite of all of Ginsu’s offerings. We reviewed the 12-piece Chikara set in detail here.

Typical Price Range: $75 – $100

Amazon Rating: 4.0/5

Knife Set Configuration

Items Included

19 Piece Set

  • 8″ Chef’s Knife
  • 8″ Carving Knife
  • 8″ Bread Knife
  • 7″ Santoku Knife
  • 6″ Cleaver
  • 6″ Boning Knife
  • 5″ Utility Knife
  • 3.5″ Paring Knife
  • x 4.5″ Steak Knives
  • Kitchen Shears
  • Honing Rod
  • Knife Block

12 Piece Set

  • 8″ Chef’s Knife
  • 7″ Santoku Knife
  • 5″ Tomato Knife
  • 5″ Utility Knife
  • 3.5″ Paring Knife
  • 4 x 4.5″ Steak Knives
  • Kitchen Shears
  • Honing Rod
  • Knife Block

8 Piece Set

  • 8″ Chef’s Knife
  • 7″ Santoku Knife
  • 5″ Utility Knife
  • 5″ Tomato Knife
  • 3.5″ Paring Knife
  • Honing Rod
  • Kitchen Shears
  • Knife Block

Damascus Series

Ginsu’s top of the line series are forged using the Damascus method of rolling and hammering multiple sheets of stainless steel together. This series also benefits from the company’s proprietary cryogenic cooling process which uses liquid nitrogen to cool the blades rapidly, in doing so drawing the knives’ steel molecules close together to form an extremely sharp edge.

Typical Price Range: $200 – $350

Amazon Rating: 3.5/5

Knife Set Configuration

Items Included

9 Piece Set

  • 8″ Chef’s Knife
  • 7″ Santoku Knife
  • 6.5″ Cleaver
  • 6″ Boning Knife
  • 5″ Utility Knife
  • 5″ Santoku
  • 3.5″ Paring Knife
  • Honing Rod
  • Knife Block
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