Chicago Cutlery Cabrera Review



Chicago Cutlery Cabrera 12-Piece Knife Set with Block is a full-tang knives set featuring four steak knives, utility knife, Partoku knife, Santoku knife, kitchen shears, and a sharpening steel; the handles are white polymer. Users give these knives points for their handsome appearance and the weight and strength of the forged, high-carbon stainless steel blades, and particularly like the light weight of the Santoku and Partoku knives.

Chicago Cutlery usually makes high-priced knives and enjoys a solid reputation for producing sharp, good-looking knife sets. Chicago Cutlery Cabrera 12-Piece reviews say this low-cost knife set lives up to the Chicago Cutlery name but steers clear of the big price tag. It takes third place in the "under $40" category on Bestcovery, where it scores points for the sharpness of the blades. Many users posting reviews on Amazon< give this set a four- or five-star rating, and particularly praise the value for the price, the everyday practicality, and the handsome look. The handles on the Chicago Cutlery Cabrera set (starting at $37) are full-tang (the blade extends into the handle for better strength and durability) and made of white polymer, a feature that has numerous fans on Amazon and a couple of critics on Bestcovery who consider the handles tacky-looking and tough to keep clean.

This set includes a few unusual utensils aside from the more standard 3.5" paring knife, 5" utility knife, 8" bread knife, four (stamped) steak knives, kitchen shears, and increasingly common 7" santoku knife. There is also a 5" Partoku knife, which is a trademarked design that's part santoku knife (akin to a small narrow cleaverand part paring knife, although its size makes the Partoku knife better for chopping and slicing than for paring. These two knives get the most shout outs in Chicago Cutlery Cabrera reviews on Amazon by consumers who say these pieces are very sharp and well-designed. Which brings us to the included 8" sharpening steel, which you can use to keep the forged, high carbon stainless steel blades razor-edged sharp.

For home cooks concerned with the aesthetic quality of knives, this set is a smart budget buy made by a well-respected brand. And i f you follow Chicago Cutlery's advice and wash these knives by hand, they should serve you well a good long time.

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