About five years ago my oldest daughter was getting ready for her first year of college. Somehow she hooked up with Cutco and started selling them. We never purchased one. I just thought them too expensive for my wallet.
Time moved on. She started school left Cutco and somehow had a set, probably her demos left at our home. I started using them and I liked what I found.
The handles are ergonomically designed to fit the contour of the hand. Somehow it is designed to fit large and small and left or right handed people. I can tell you they feel terrific in this righty's large hands.
The handles are made with some kind of thermo-resin material that is guaranteed to always last and never break and always keep a new look to it. I like the smooth glossy design, look and feel of them and they are dishwasher safe.
Blades on Knives
The blades of Cutco products are made of High Carbon, Stain Resistant Steel that have a polished finish that looks good and more important stay sharp. Mine still look good without any stains or signs of rust or corrosion.
One of the knives I have, the Paring Knife has a straight edge to it and I can sharpen on my own occasionally. This knife is good for more detailed close work that I use on vegetables. It has a good feel to it for small work.
The other knives, the Chef Knife, the Carving Knife the Slicing Knife good for bread and the Spatula Spreader have what Cutco calls a Double-D Edge that provides clean cuts. They say it differs from serrated that are just horrible when they lose their edge. They rip and tear meat making it look awful. I like the was the Double-D works and to date I have never had them sharpened. That is a minus in that you can't do it yourself. You must send them to Cutco for manufacturer sharpening. More on that in a bit.
The Carving Knife is the one I happen to use most often. It does feel good in my hand but it is lighter than I would like. It does cut well, leaves no "serrated" type marks on the meat and cleans well. I have never yet had it sharpened but I suppose after five plus years it wouldn't hurt to do so.
The one piece that I never thought would be all that useful is the Spatula Spreader. This is a wide bladed knife that can spread easily and also slice. I find I use it often, probably more often than any of the knives in the set. I like that it can spread and slice well and I don't have to look for a different utensil for each process.
They will replace any knives that have a manufacturers defect. If you break one by misuse or abuse they will replace it at half the price at the time of exchange. These are expensive knives so you will still be paying a pretty penny.
Cutco will sharpen your knives free of charge but you must send them the product and $5.00 for 1-3 knife return delivery. It's $8 for four or more. I think its an OK deal especially because sharpening the D blade is not done easily at home. I do question what one does when his better cutlery is "on the road".
Though I was annoyed at my daughter when she was "pushing" these expensive knives to friends and neighbors, I am quite happy with them in my kitchen drawers now. They look terrific, like new. They keep a sharp edge and feel really good in my hand. There is no question that I will look for these knives when carving the turkey and daily use too.
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