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Your complete guide for finding the best Cuisinart Knife Block Set
Let’s all agree on one thing:
For home cooking, you need a knife block set that will offer you superior comfort, sharpness and reliable durability.
That means you have to stick to a tried and tested brand, and one such name happens to be Cuisinart.
Who is Cuisinart?
Well, they’re an American home appliance brand (yes I know you’ve seen some of their pots and pans before) and they’ve been around since 1971, which says a lot. A lot of their popularity actually has to do with the fact that great celebrity cooks like Julia Child and Craig Claiborne started using their knives and accessories publicly.
What Knife Block Sets are available from Cuisinart?
Actually loads of different models. Cuisinart boasts an impressive lineup of 3 different collections: Advantage, Classic and Elements, each respectively boasting better quality and higher price tags with the Advantage being the top-tier line.
The Advantage line boasts 2 different knife block sets, the Classic line has 7 block sets (plus 2 classic non-stick Edge Sets, 2 Classic Triple Riveted Sets and the Artisan Collection block set) and the Elements line has 1 ceramic knife block set on offer.
That’s a total of 15 impressive knife block sets on offer from a very reliable name.
But here’s the problem:
How the heck do you figure out which one to opt for?
Luckily you’ve got me to help you out here. I’ll show you the best Cuisinart Knife Block Set options so that it’ll be easier for you to make a pick!
Cuisinart Knife Block Set Reviews
I’ve rounded up all the bestselling Cuisinart knife block sets which will work perfectly for the avid home cook. Here they are in no particular order:
Cuisinart 8-Piece Pakka wood Block Set
While this knife block set looks and feels like real hardwood, it boasts the same easy care and hygienic features as plastic would offer. The blades of the knives in this set are made from high-carbon stainless steel and since they’re precision tapered and boast gradually narrowing blades, they sport razor sharp edges.
For the stability and control you want and need, these knives have extra-wide safety bolsters in place as well as stainless steel rivets that secure the full tang blades to the ergonomic handles. The set includes an 8 inch Chef’s Knife, an 8 inch Serrated Utility Knife, an 8 inch Slicing Knife, a 7 inch Santoku, a 5 inch Utility Knife, a 4.5 inch Paring Knife, an 8 inch Sharpening Steel and a Pakkawood block.
- It’s an amazing quality set for a great price
- These knives hold their edge pretty darn well
- They handle really well with a nice balance and a comfy grip
- The block isn’t as great as the knives themselves
- I don’t like how I could feel the rivets on the handles every time, and this totally threw me off
Cuisinart Classic 17-Piece Stainless Steel Forged Cutlery Set
From Cuisinart’s classic line, the 17-Piece Stainless Steel Forged Cutlery Set comprises of all the essentials you could ever need for the home kitchen. The blades are made with high-carbon stainless steel that bring blade precision and sharpness, fine edges to the table and with forged stainless-steel handles, these knives are comfortable and easy to use.
The set includes an 9 inch Chef’s Knife, a 6 inch Slicer, a 5 inch Santoku, a 4.5 inch Serrated Utility, a 3.5 inch Paring Knife, a 3 3/4 inch Bird’s Beak Paring Knife, 6 Stamped Steak Knives, a Kitchen Shear and a Sharpening Steel. As a bonus you also get a 6 inch Boning Knife, a 3.5 inch Santoku, utility Shears and a good looking knife block.
- This set is very comprehensive
- It comes with good quality knives
- The knives are lightweight and very comfortable to work with
- These knives rust very easily
- I just wish they were a little sharper out of the box
Cuisinart 15-Piece Stainless Steel Hollow Handle Block Set
I love how the knives in this set takes care of slicing and dicing like most professional knives would. The blades are made from high carbon stainless steel and boast smooth and impressively sharp edges. As far as the handles go, they’re pretty ergonomic so they provide a lot of comfort and control. This set includes an 8 inch Chef’s Knife, an 8 inch Slicing Knife, a 7 inch Santoku, a 5.5 inch serrated Utility Knife, a 3.5 inch Paring Knife, a 3.5 inch Bird’s Beak Paring Knife, a Sharpening Steel, a set of Kitchen Shears and a neat block to store it all.
- It comes with a lifetime warranty
- The knives are easy to clean and take care of
- The knives are easy to hone
- It’s made in China, like all other Cuisinart lines, which is the main reason why I’m not sold
- The block might look great but in essence it sucks because it doesn’t really protect the knives
Cuisinart Seven-Piece Non-Stick Cutlery Set with Acrylic Stand
Look I was very impressed with the attraction factor this knife set boasts. The knives themselves have blades made from high carbon stainless steel and boast hollow ground dimples (oh this is supposed to be the “non-stick” feature by the way, but do yourself a favor and check out John’s article on The Fluting Knife before you get sold on the idea).
The dimples on the blade actually help create smoother slicing action, but it DOES NOT prevent food from sticking to the blade. I liked the handles on the Edge knives since they created non-slip, soft grips that allows for a more comfortable cutting experience.
If you like the idea of hollow ground blades and serious style is up your alley, this would be a perfectly good pick for your kitchen.
- The set looks fantastic
- It’s slim so it doesn’t take up a lot of counter space
- It’s very affordable
- The quality is not what I would have liked to see, but then again you always get what you pay for right.
- The “non-stick” claim is totally bogus. Food still gets stuck to the blade regardless of the hollow ground dimples
I just showed you 4 of the best options when it comes to investing in a Cuisinart Knife Block Set. If you didn’t find something that tickled your fancy here, be sure to check out the post where I cover you best buying options for a Cuisinart Cutlery Set.
Coming up next though I’ll be telling you all about the Cuisinart Knife Block and what your alternatives are for storing your Cuisinart knives without their branded block.