One of my co-workers has a daughter who went to work as a saleswoman for Cutco Cutlery. Since she was new at her job, she lined up a few girls from work to practice her schpeel. In the end, I think all of us bought knives from her, so her delivery must have been good!
I've always had an assortment of knives in my kitchen. They cut... that's all I cared about. So when I scheduled the demonstration for the Cutco knives, I was only trying to help my co-worker's daughter get a start with her sales. But I changed my mind as soon as the demo began! These knives cut through a ripe tomatoe like it was butter! The shape of the "table knife" also intrigued me. It's a steak knife, but shaped similar to a butter knife. The paring knife was another piece that I noticed. The longer handle makes a perfect grip for paring jobs.
When we were done with our session, I decided to purchase the Homemaker Set with Block. This is what it included:
2 3/4" Pairing Knife
9 3/4" Slicer
6 3/4" Petite Carver
Homemaker Set Block (solid oak wood block for knife storage)
9 1/4" French Chef
Free Cutting Board
I use ALL of the pieces, but I particularly like the French Chef knife for mincing. These Cutco knives are incredibly sharp! So sharp, that when I reached into my sink one day, I barely touched the edge of the Slicer knife, and it drew blood. So sharp, I can slice the thinnest onions, tomatoes, and potatoes. Mincing is done faster than if I take out my small electric chopper, and slicing fresh bread is a breeze! Whenever I grab one of my old knives from my past life, I realize how much work I put into preparing meals all these years. Even my daughter commented on how nice my knives were, when she was here for Easter. She bought some expensive new knives not too long ago, so I considered this a compliment!
The only bad thing about the Cutco knives is the cost! It's ridiculously high! The set I bought was between $600.00 and $700.00! There is an option to make payments over a period of time, which makes the cost a bit more manageable.
On the plus side, (besides being fantastic knives), the company offers free sharpening for life! One of my customers has had Cutco knives for many years, and she still sends them in to be sharpened occasionally. She said she's never had a problem with the service. I've had my set of knives for around 5 years now, and they remain as sharp as ever. But it's comforting to know I can have them serviced when the time comes.
I'm happy that I made the investment in a good set of knives. I only wish I would have done it sooner!