Ginsu 14 Piece Review



The Ginsu International Traditions 14- piece stainless steel knife set comes with six serrated kitchen knives, six serrated steak knives, kitchen shears, and a natural hardwood storage block. The b lades are commercial-quality Japanese 420J2 stainless steel that extend, full-tang, into triple-riveted Bakelite handles. Users tout these Ginsu knives for their sharpness and precision performance on the cutting board.

Knives are only as good as the steel they're made with, and for under $35, knife sets reviewers say you won't find better quality steel than the commercial-grade Japanese 420J2 steel in the Ginsu International Traditions 14-Piece Knife Set (starting at $32, Amazon). More than 130 frugal cooks give this extra-sharp set five stars in Ginsu International Traditions reviews on Amazon for its precise cutting, durability, weight, look, and feel.

Ginsu International Traditions reviews on Bestcovery are equally enthusiastic, awarding this cutlery set best in class. The Ginsu 14-piece set receives an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 in cutlery sets reviews on Buzzillions, where more than a few reviewers comment on the outstanding sturdiness of these knives. One user even gives these knives points for cutting right through bone, and another user praises the strength of the kitchen shears that come with the set.

The Ginsu International Traditions set includes a 3.5" paring knife, 5" utility knife, 5.5" boning knife, 7" Santoku knife (sort of like a small, narrow cleaver), 8" chef's knife, 8" slicer, six 4.5" steak knives, and a pair of kitchen shears. The blades on these knives are full-tang (e.g., the metal extends into the handle, which adds strength and durability) and stamped. They are also serrated, and unlike other sets with serrated edges, the Ginsu International Traditions knives generally garner rave reviews for their ability to cut through everything from vegetables to steak with ease.

With minimal complaints and mostly glowing reviews, you'll definitely get plenty of bang for your buck with this set. Bottom line: The Ginsu International Traditions knives are the closest you'll get to professional quality for a budget price.

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