While school shopping this year I strayed away from the backpacks and bobbles to house wares. I happened upon a set of Cuisinart Kitchen Pro knives and threw them in my cart. I really did not need new knives I just wanted them.
When I got home, I told my husband what I had done and then showed him the knife set. He was not pleased I spent money on an item we did not have to have. We opened the box anyway.
The wood block was the first thing we saw, as the knives were individually packaged. The block holds the cutlery neatly and is designed for function. It is heavy but not bulky. It is also rather spiffy looking with its smooth curves and metal detail nameplate.
We began opening the knives. This is where my husband raised an eyebrow. The knives are very light. I say this is a good feature since I do a lot of cutting in the kitchen. If your knife is heavy, your arm gets tired. The blades are made from high-carbon stainless steel so, light or not, they are durable.
The knives are well made. The handle is riveted three times supporting the whole blade end (full-tang), which is a sign of quality. The edges support "Fine-edge" sharpness. Let me tell you, they are sharp and cut nicely.
I have been using the Cuisinart cutlery for about two months now. While slicing with them, I found they are extremely well balanced. In fact, I can balance the handle on my finger and the weight of the blade matches the weight of the handle.
The set consists of a pair of 8" shears, 8 4 1/2" steak knives, 3 1/2" Santoku/Parer, 3 1/2" Paring knife, 4 1/2" Utility knife, 5" Santoku (multipurpose) knife, 5 1/2" Serrated Utility knife, 8" Slicing knife, 8" Bread knife, 8" Chef knife, and an 8" Sharpening Steel.
Lifetime Brands has put a lifetime warranty on their Cuisinart Kitchen Pro cutlery. This tells me they know what they are doing when it comes to knives. For what I paid, these knives have exceeded my expectations.