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Dec 19, 2006 02:50 AM

Cutco knives ??


I'm trying out a couple of Cutco knives on loan and wondering what the big deal is.

I think its the made in America thing, but the handle of the 10-inch chef's knife is huge -- and I have big hands -- and while the edge is good I haven't seen any advantage over my favorite German knives so far.

The other one is a very thin serrated knife which I guess is primarily for bread -- with which it works very well. I have't tried it yet with a roast, but I suspect it is too thin a blade to hold its own.

Any experiece with the brand? Love, it, hate it, why?


  1. Bob,
    In summary, Cutco has a unique marketing approach, and they cost too much.

    Cutco knives are somewhat harder than Wusthoff or Henckels, but softer than Shun or Global. We don't have a Rockwell Hardness tester here, but we think they'd test out at C-57 or 58. As a result, it will hold an edge slightly longer and take slightly longer to sharpen.
    But like all knife makers, selling them is an art. Because there are no accepted, repeatable measurements for sharpness, like there is for hardness, knife makers can legally make any claim they want, no matter how outrageous. Cutco claims it is "The World's Finest Cutlery" and get's college kids to sell it between semesters.

    Cutco also trys to promote their knives by saying that they will sharpen them for life for free, which sounds good until you actually try to find the packing materials to pack them up.

    Does that help?

    1. If you or anyone else besides Cutco touches your knives for sharpening, you void your warranty. The only way I see being able to send your knives back to the manufacturer for sharpening is to buy two sets. It's a total PITA, and there is absolutely no knife made where it won't need to be sharpened.

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      1. re: personalcheffie

        >>> If you or anyone else besides Cutco touches your knives for sharpening, you void your warranty.

        What warranty is there to void?

        Sharpening is considered maintenance, no matter who does it. "Reasonable" maintenance doesn't void warranties or is it considered abuse. It is just that those costs would be your responsibility if done by anyone else.

        I do not question their Forever Guarantee at all, but I do agree it is a PITA but so is sending back in a Zippo. ;-)

      2. Hey,
        Cutco's are great knives: full tang, hardened steel blades, lifetime warranty. But I only have my set because I got dubed into the "Make $13 an hour, plus commission" want-ad about six years ago.
        I can tell you they are still pretty great today though, and their top product the "Super Shearers" actually do cut pennies into curly cues, as I actually had to learn how to do this in my sales presentation. But unless your neighbor's kid gives you the puppy dog face, don't fall for the hype.

        1. I love my cutcos. bought a few from the son of a client as a gesture of good will and i really like them. Forget about sending back to sharpen, i sharpen them just like i do my forshners every month.

          I currently own the large bread, the samll serrated and a chef's. Bot DW and I use all the time. It is a little heavy for my every day stuff but I recommend as much as my forschners and I have been using that puppy sine 1978.

          1. My husband got the small chef's knife as part of the goodie bag at a Direct Selling Association meeting about 8 years ago and I've been using it ever since. It gradually became the one I grab day-in, day-out for just about everything, along with a paring knife. I drag out the big killer chef's, mezzaluna or mandoline for some tasks but that's my go-to. I steel it every time I use it. Now that I think about it, I don't think I have ever sent it over to be professionally sharpened. I do that myself periodically.
            I think that Cutcos are fairly expensive vis-a-vis other knives but I didn't pay for it. I don't have any particular knife fetishes and have really good knife skills so I'm really happy with it.
            It's a damned good knife.

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            1. re: MakingSense

              I got a couple as gifts many years ago, so don't know what they cost. I was just using the serrated spreader today and thinking how I use it as much or more than any of my other knives. I also got a regular serrated and it's nice. So I can't say about their regular knives but I love the two I have. My other knives are Henkels and I can't say they don't fit in with them.