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Dec 5, 2010 07:34 AM

Celebrity Knives Review from Consumer Reports

This is a bit of an old new, but I only came across this now. A pre-review of celebrity knives (Paula Dean or Rachel Ray) ...

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  1. Thanks for the link Chem.

    I went to the link for a fuller review, but you need to sign up as a member from Consumer Reports to see much, which I'm not gonna do right now.

    They do have an overview of terms and principles for buying knives posted (you don't have to be a member) but many of the little tips and such are outdated - stuff like how a bolster protects your hands, recommendations for cutco, etc.

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    1. re: cowboyardee

      I guess saying things like a bolster protects hands take some creditability from the Consumer Reports article. Nevertheless, I still believe these celebrity knives are pretty bad -- based on other sources. :)

      Come to think of it, I think there is at least an exception, isn't there? The Henckels Miyabi Morimoto knives are good knives. They may not be great, but they belong to a whole different league than Rachel Ray Furi knives. Of course, if we count Bob Kramer and Ken Onion as a celebrity, then there are many more.

      1. re: cowboyardee

        That's the one complaint about CR and they have two different subscriptions online AND magazine to see the full report. Some online TV stations test CR and put it online where you can access it free.. I usually have to copy/paste in Word...chang it to PDF for my 'frends' to see.
        There are other FREE online reports just Google the subject and add review/scams/reports to your subject of interest.

      2. Tie-in/celeb endorsement are among the most inane forms of advertising--think Spiderman sheets and pajamas. It's the same pitch to adults for this glut of spiffy 3rd rate cutlery and cookware(Paula Deen knives!?)that makes shelves sag this time of year in dept. stores and bigbox discounters. Something like the Victorinox Fibrox blades are way better, usually cheaper, and are sold separately.

        1. I've picked up some of those goofy orange RR Furi knives at screamin' deal prices, as it turns out I like the shape and weight of the ones I have, they're sharp as all hell, and the serrated ones are great and I don't think i'd buy more of them but I really really like the ones I have. I'd have no problem taking them camping or to Mexico for a long weekend (rental houses there have the worst cutlery on earth) and if I accidentally leave one I won't beat myself up like I would if it was one of my better knives.