Gotham Steel Pro Cut
Gotham Steel Pro Cut knife is a steel blade designed to make cutting easier. Normally two types of blades are required for basic kitchen use but this blade claims to do it all, working with the ribbed scallops to slice through bread, fruit, cheese, and anything else. Instead of needing two blades, this one knife covers all the functions of two blades in one, claiming to cost less than traditional knives of the same quality too.
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It is made out of 100% Japanese steel.
It has scallops designed with air gaps so that it slices right through things like cheese block.
It offers a non-slip grip handle for safety when handling.
It is designed to last for life, with a lifetime guarantee.
It is a razor sharp blade that can cut fruits into paper thin pieces.
- High Quality Steel
The steel used for this knife is aus-8 which is a Japanese steel. It is medium carbon and a high chromium combination. This means it has a good balance in terms of its toughness, how sharp the edge is, and how resistant it is to corrosion. The Japanese steel is very good for everyday use, though its edge retention is not very high. This simply means that anyone looking to use this knife regularly would need to sharpen it, which is very challenging if not impossible because of its striations in the blade.
- Effortless Slicing
The blade slices through with no effort, so it does not exacerbate conditions like arthritis. This is good for people who do a lot of heavy cooking and cutting. For example: slicing through sweet potatoes is challenging at best, but the strength of the knife is what allows consumers to do so with very little resistance. This means that long term use is not exhausting for the consumer.
- Gifts Not Free
The infomercial claims that consumers will get a free storage case and a knife block for free. However, trying to sign up for the purchase of the first knife no longer offers these options and it is not guaranteed that consumers will receive them. The Mini Gotham Steel Pro Cut is the only option available as a “free gift” for which consumers are required to pay ten extra dollars. Given that the normal shipping and handling for the main knife is just below seven dollars, this seems excessive for a smaller item. It begs the question whether or not the higher cost is covering the item itself.
- Low Quality Handle
The handle is made out of plastic and does not come from Japan like the steel. Of a lesser quality, the handle is still somewhat ergonomically friendly even if it is not the highest quality. Nonetheless, the company guarantees their products so even if it does break or crack it can be replaced.
- Dulls Quickly
The titanium steel used in the blade, as mentioned, does dull quickly. Due to the scallops on the inside of the blade, consumers cannot simply get a blade sharpener and fix the issue at home. This means that as the blade dulls, so does its usefulness. Perhaps customers can take advantage of the lifetime warranty each time it becomes dull.
How it's Different from Competitors
In total it is around twenty dollars per knife, with seven dollars in shipping and handling. Compared to other steel knives designed with the same quality and ribbed inner edges, it is about the same price. Consumers might be able to find a similar knife online with companies that offer free shipping, but it all comes down to about the same cost; give or take a few dollars. It is significantly cheaper than the professional grade Wusthof knives which are the highest quality German cooking knives on the market.
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