What's this? Based mainly on cutting performance and handle comfort and balance, it also factors in corrosion resistance, sharpness as received, and other attributes of the four basic knives in the set-chef's, paring, slicing, and utility-and a matching santoku (when available).
$65.00 - $119.99
Summary:This model has been tested by our experts.
The Ginsu Chikara is part of the kitchen knife
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, kitchen knives
models like the Chikara are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Based on food-cutting tests using the chef's, slicing, utility, paring, and santoku (when available) knives.
Panelists (hand sizes from small to large) judged the chef's knife on how comfortable that knife felt in their hands.
Panelists (hand sizes from small to large) judged the chef's knife on how well balanced that knife felt in their hands.
Features & Specs - Ginsu Chikara
Manufacturing process used to make the blade.
Stamped or forged: Forged knives are created by a process in which a single piece of molten steel is cut and beaten into the desired shape. Stamped knives are created by a cookie-cutter-type machine and are usually the same thickness throughout, except at the cutting edge.
Prone to corrosion The knife is more susceptible to rust if knife is left soiled and/or wet for prolonged periods.
Prone to corrosion
Heavy Knives are weighed and judged to be heavy or not.
Bulky Panelists judge how bulky the handle is.
Set size (pieces) Smallest set available with the four or five knives we tested. In some cases, sets held less than five pieces. For these sets, we bought the missing knives as open stock.
Set size (pieces)
Knives missing from set Indicates which of the mainstay knives (chef, paring, slicer, utility, santoku) aren't in the set tested. Usually, these knives are available separately.
Knives missing from set
Slicer (not available)
Warranty The type and term of the warranty under which the knives are covered.
I've had my four-piece set for a little over two years and have had no problems with rust spots as some others have mentioned. (I do rince them off right after use and then dry them before returning them to my wood block.) I also usually touch them up with my honeing rod after each use to assure continued sharpness-as I would with any quality knife. In fairness I will mention that mine do get light use since I save them for special jobs where sharpness is particularly important--like cutting up a chicken or thinly slicing meat. Everyday jobs are handled with other lower quality knives that I keep sharp enough with a sharpener.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Disappointed shopper
from Chicago, il
Knives rusted after 3 months
Not only are they not as sharp as advertised, they rusted after 3 months.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Sun Lover
from Vancouver, WA
Not Dishwasher Safe
Those one-star reviews sure don't describe the product I received. I bought mine from Amazon and also bought an additional bread knife. The bread knife is great.The chef knife is perfect for veggie prep. No rusting at all. I am happy to use quality products when I cook and these qualify.