Cuisinart Classic Triple Rivet Santoku Knife, 7-Inch

Cuisinart Cutlery Knives Review

An in-depth look at the Cuisinart Kitchen Knives – Cuisinart Cutlery Knives Review


I want to get you one the same page I’m on right now regarding Cuisinart and their knives. So for the greater good of home cooks everywhere, I’m going to show you a comprehensive Cuisinart Cutlery Knives Review.

First up, I tackled the Cuisinart Santoku before I field tested the 8 Inch Chef’s Knife and finally the Ceramic Chef’s Knife.

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You should know that Cuisinart knives were made with the budget-conscious cook in mind, which is why I’ not going to list hundreds of products here, I’ve covered the best basics and that’s it.

Cuisinart Cutlery Knives Review

Number One – The Cuisinart Classic Triple-Riveted Santoku

I suppose despite its inconsistency, the Cuisinart Santoku is decently sharp, and I have to say that I was totally fooled by the price into thinking it wouldn’t be sharp at all. I have a lot of beef with the Santoku despite the fact that it came with a sharp edge out of the box. Overall it has a nice thin stock, a full grind, a thin, lightly curved and acute edge, so things seemed good to go in the initial stage.

With its well contoured grip and a decent length blade, the Santoku would be a great fit for pinch grip lovers, but then again you’d have to be able to deal with the flaws like edges that just don’t stay sharp, the massive burden or sharpening the edges once they dull out and the fact that the Santoku is extremely prone to rust and corrosion.

The Pros:

  • For its price, the Cuisinart Santoku delivers above average cutting performance thanks to its thin edge, high flat grind and thin stock
  • It came with above average initial sharpness
  • They grip was comfortable to hold onto and the knife was easy to clean up after prep

The Cons:

  • The blade can and will rust faster than most other top-end knives out there
  • It just doesn’t feel as durable as I would have like it to feel
Cuisinart Classic Triple Rivet Santoku Knife, 7-Inch

Cuisinart Classic Triple Rivet Santoku Knife, 7-Inch


Number Two – The Cuisinart Triple-Riveted 8 Inch Chef’s Knife

I really wanted to like this knife, but despite boasting a forged blade with a full tang and rivets to secure the handle to the blade, it just couldn’t perform the way I needed it to. The chef’s knife is hard to control and the balance is just off. It does boast high carbon steel for the blade and a full flat grind with a thin edge that seemed sharp on first impression. I’m definitely not recommending this one to anyone out there.

The Pros:

  • The handle at least offers a comfortable grip
  • It looks like it could do some serious cutting
  • Overall, it’s a sleek looking knife

The Cons:

  • The edge isn’t as sharp as it needs to be
  • The balance is disappointing
  • The lack of control I had over the knife makes it downright dangerous
Cuisinart CA-X Open Stock 8-Inch Chef's Knife

Cuisinart CA-X Open Stock 8-Inch Chef’s Knife


Number Three – Cuisinart Element Ceramic Chef’s Knife

The 8 inch ceramic chef’s knife from Cuisinart boasts a ceramic blade which is known for being sharper, stronger and more durable than stainless steel. The manufacturer claims to have used a new blade technology that allows the blade to retain its edge for even longer, but that’s something that can only be tested in the long run.

This knife is backed by a 5 year limited warranty, which says a lot about the quality (other Cuisinart knives come with lifetime warranties), this unfortunately means that I’m not convinced of its overall quality. I did like the initial sharp-ish blade it came with and the ergonomic handle gave me enough control over the knife along with a good enough grip.

The Pros:

  • The blade was pretty sharp out of the box
  • It comes with a blade guard
  • It’s a budget-friendly option if you want to test the waters of ceramic knives 

The Cons:

  • Ceramic is prone to chipping and breaking
  • The edge isn’t nearly as sharp as many of the contending knives
  • The limited 5 year warranty is a major issue
Cuisinart Element Open Stock Ceramic Chef's Knife, 8-Inch

Cuisinart Element Open Stock Ceramic Chef’s Knife, 8-Inch


Final Thoughts:

As you can see, I didn’t really elaborate too much in my Cuisinart Cutlery Knives Review and the reason is rather simple actually: I’m not a massive fan of the brand.

It’s an acceptable name to opt for if you’re a little tight on cash, but my personal motto is to rather save up and invest in the best that will withstand the kitchen’s test!

Make sure you don’t miss out on my thoughts regarding Chicago Cutlery. I have a very informative piece coming up next where I’ll share my Chicago Cutlery Insignia Review with you before I’ll show you more about the Chicago Cutlery 14-Piece Knife Set and finally round things up with info on the Chicago Cutlery Boning Knife.

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