Ginsu Chikara kitchen knife

 
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Type: Fine-edge blade kitchen knives
About - Ginsu Chikara

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.


Cutting performance:
Based on food-cutting tests using the chef's, slicing, utility, paring, and santoku (when available) knives.

Handle comfort:
Panelists (hand sizes from small to large) judged the chef's knife on how comfortable that knife felt in their hands.

Handle balance:
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
info Blade type Forged
info Prone to corrosion No
info Heavy No
info Bulky No
info Set size (pieces) 8
info Knives missing from set Slicer (not available)
info Warranty Limited lifetime
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User Reviews - Ginsu Chikara
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4.0
Couldn't believe the quality
2/1/2016
Pros
Comfortable Grip
Easy To Clean
Great Ergonomics Balanc
Quality Construction
Takes A Good Edge When Sh
Cons
Dulls Quicker Than Expect
Not Dishwasher Safe
Best Uses
Bread
Meat
Prep Work
Veggies
Comment:
I was amazed when I first saw Ginsu knives showing so well in CR's ratings. I remember the original Ginsu ads and would never have considered them if not for CR's ratings. I've had my 8-pc Chakira set over 2 years now. I've filled in my knife needs with a few individual Chakira knives (bread, steak, boning, carving set). I use them for all my cutting/slicing/prep needs in the kitchen. I've never had trouble with cleaning them nor have I EVER had a single spot of rust. The edge does dull more quickly than I expected (hence the 4 stars rather than 5), but easily sharpens right back up. As I was taught, if a good knife won't take & hold an edge, it's most likely the way its being sharpened. They are well balanced and ergonomic, so they feel light-weight in the hand. My Ginsu set replaced my cobbled together group of knives -- mostly Henckels & Wustof -- lost in a house fire and I've never regretted my choice. Not only would I recommend these knives to a friend, I have recommended them to many friends.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Great knives in my experience
7/17/2015
Pros
Comfortable Grip
Easy To Clean
Quality Construction
Stays Sharp
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
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
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Knives rusted after 3 months
5/3/2015
Pros
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
Not only are they not as sharp as advertised, they rusted after 3 months.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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