Ewok Reply to on 8 February 2015
|I did hours upon hours of research on knives. Different types, different metals, different blades, etc. I didn't want to spend a fortune, but didn't want more cheap knives either.
X50 CrMov 15 (Chrome Molybdenum Vanadium) is a widely used decent German metal for knives. It's not the best, but it's up there when it comes to knife metal. It has a good rockwell hardness of about 56. Not as hard as Janapese blades, but then, not as expensive as decent Japanese blades. And not as hard to resharpen as harder steels. The whole "Sabatier" thing though...although not a brand name, a lot of knife manufacturers just use the name as it's respected name for top quality French metal workmanship, the name has been somewhat watered down with use. The Richardson Sheffield name is well respected, has been around making knives a long time, so they know what they're doing.
So bottom line...are these knifes sharp? Yes they most certainly are. I've got the cut fingers to prove it. Which I must say, I've struggled to re-teach myself proper cutting techniques from youtube videos because these knives will leave a good gash with the slightest pressure. I sharpen lightly before every use. You don't need much, just a few sweeps each side on the steel. The bread knife is excellent. The general utility knife is a very good most used knife. And the carving knife is just sublime. The carving fork that comes with this set is useful too.
Although it says dishwasher safe, and although X50 CrMov also has good corrosion resistance, I highly recommend you do not wash in a dishwasher, they will rust. Wash and wipe your knives dry after use.
So why only 4 stars? The handles are a bit blocky/chunky. Not hard to use, just the same classic handle design seen on knives for many many years, just not that elegant these days. If you've big chef hands - not a problem. Also, the sharpening steel is a bit too short. Luckily I already have a longer steel bought from Amazon. See my reviews if you want to know which one I bought.
So do you need a nine piece knife set for everyday cookng? Probably not. There really is a knife for every purpose with this set. I mostly use the same 4 knives. But damn does this set look good on the kitchen counter! :)
As for the free frother...well it's in the drawer, hasn't been used. Looks cheap and tacky. But still, it was free!