Chef’s Edge is a set of knives that offer a natural ceramic sharpener inside of the knife stand. They also provide a set of four steak knives to accompany the first set of Chef's knives. The company points out that traditional knife sharpeners from name brands are expensive, while electric sharpeners are dangerous if not used properly. Trying to sharpen by hand with the metal dowel piece is equally dangerous, as you slide the knife across it and run the risk of hurting yourself or others. Chef’s Edge has the sharpener built in, as mentioned, while top brand names sell sharpeners separately.
Total Cost Breakdown
- Built in Sharpener
The stand has a built-in ceramic sharpener for each of the knives so that you don’t have to purchase a separate sharpener.
- Stainless Steel
The knives are made from forged stainless steel which is second only to high carbon materials for kitchen knives.
- Ergonomic Design
There is a full-tang handle design for those who enjoy regular cooking. What’s more, these handles have ergonomically friendly contours. The handles are decently comfortable and the knife can be swung back and forth easily which is good.
- Professional and Personal Use
The overall design is considered great for professional kitchens or personal use.
- Many Knives
Chef’s edge comes with many knives, which makes it a rather comprehensive set which includes a range of knives for various uses. This is better than other sets which traditionally come with a set of different sizes of knives all for the same use.
The Chef’s knife is ideal for precisely slicing meat or vegetables.
The Santoku knife is perfect for mincing and chopping.
The boning knife is ideal for fish and poultry.
The utility knife is perfect for small food preparation like cutting through a single lemon.
- Self-sharpening System
What’s more, Chef’s Edge is a self-sharpening system. This cutlery system has a ceramic blade sharpener built into the knife stand. The way is works is that each time you put your knives back in or take them out they slide across the ceramic blade. This functions the same way they would slide across a traditional or electric sharpener but it alleviates the risk of injury associated with other sharpeners. Likewise, it alleviates the actual need itself to regularly stop and sharpened the knives because they are being naturally sharpened with each use. The company claims that it provides a razor-sharp edge meaning you won’t ever face a dull knife or a potentially dangerous hand sharpener again.
- Takes Effort to Sharpen
The idea that sliding the knife in once and out once will keep it razor sharp is a bit misleading. You might have to take your knife and still slide it in and out multiple times along the ceramic interior the same way you would have to sharpen a knife with traditional tools. If you use the knife heavily for one particular meal, and it dulls dramatically, then one slide won’t be enough. Again, if you take out one of the smaller knives and all you do is cut a lemon into four pieces, then slide it back inside, that will certainly be sufficient to keep it sharp. However, most knives are used more heavily than this and might require regular sharpening. That said, while this aspect of the informational advertisement is misleading, no matter how many times you are sliding it back and forth into the ceramic base, you are still avoiding the blade exposed. By not having the blade exposed you alleviate the primary safety concern associated with sharpening knives.
- Free Gift is Required
When you place an order for the cutlery collection, you must pay only forty dollars plus shipping and handling which is quite inexpensive compared to other culinary sets. What’s more, there is a bonus gift included which takes the form of the four steak knives and the kitchen shears which is technically free of charge. However, you will be required to pay separate shipping and handling which is ten dollars. This is seemingly odd given that the entire package should be mailed as a single unit with a one time shipping and handling fee not two.
- Warranty Costs You
The company does offer a warranty such that if you are not completely satisfied with your purchase or there is issue with it, you can return or replace it. However, in such cases you are not refunded the original shipping and handling costs. Yet, you are still responsible for paying the second round of shipping and handling for sending your products back or receiving a new set. So the process of doing this would equal the same dollar amount as the original knife set itself.
They do have customer service available in the form of an email address or phone number, but calling about your product will cost money, because the number is not toll free.
The offer is currently not available in stores, but you can get it on Amazon for free shipping if you are a prime member. This will save you money.
The knives are made out of stainless steel which is not as solid as high carbon blades, but is likely made from a decent mixture for traditional home cooking. While the company claims that this knife can be used in professional grade cooking, it is not recommended that stainless steel be used for these purposes; instead high carbon is better. That being said, high carbon knives do rust better than stainless steel so the Chef’s Edge won’t require as neat of care to prevent rust. The stainless steel design also offers decent wear resistance, and is the go-to material for most of the knives out there that are not the top brand names. This means that for the first few years of use, it will be fine without rust. However, if you want a long term investment, something you can use for years and years to come, this is not the knife set for you.
How it's Different from Competitors
The separate sharpeners can be used for all manner of knives, not just those produced by the same company. With Chef’s edge, you can only sharpen their knives because their knives are designed to fit into the spaces on the knife block. This makes it impossible for you to sharpen any other knives you have. If you invest in a hand sharpener you can use all knives on it. Those made by Wusthof have a place to naturally re-curve your knife if it has sustained bends in addition to sharpening it. The Wusthof company is the leader in culinary tools, particularly knives. They are absolutely higher quality and better ergonomics but each knife costs an average of three to five times what the special Edge set costs with shipping. So naturally, anyone who is simply looking for a nice knife collection without breaking the bank is better off with the Chef’s Edge. Anyone who enjoys cooking and wants to invest in something that can be relied upon for the rest of your life should go with a Wusthof collection.
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