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Comments about Schmidt Brothers Cutlery Steel 12-Piece Knife Set with Block:
For starters there are 6 steak knives, a chef knife, bread knife, slicing knife, utility knife, and paring knife. I don't eat bread, but I use the rest of the cooking knives frequently. If I had to, I could do everything with just the chef and paring knives (typically they say all you truly need is chef, paring and bread in a simple kitchen), but I love being able to chose from the other two sizes. The slicer is great for cutting meat and the utility knife is great for cutting and slicing fruit and veggies.
Because these knives are forged as one solid piece of metal, there are no parts to become lose or where grime can build up. The grip on the handle is very comfortable, and the knives are neither too heavy nor too light. They come out of the box very sharp, and I hone them before each use with a knife steel (that long round metal tool with a black plastic handle, honing is not to be confused with sharpening). I was shocked at how much faster I was able to mince an onion with this set compared with my low budget Ross set. They looked similar and didn't seem dull to me, but wow I was missing out. These slice through potatoes like butter. They have a tiny bit of a rocking motion to them, but not enough to where it's very natural like in other knives I've tried (Cutco chef). It's not an issue for me, I just chop up and down, though you could do so "rock-chopping". If you zoom in on the set closely you can see that the heel, the edge of the blade closest to the handle extends down slightly; whereas, a typical knife heel would end at a 95º angle. It allows you to put a lot of pressure down on a tough cut with a firm hold. It's also a unique design that looks quite nice.
Per the care instructions and warranty rules, I hand wash them immediately after cooking, especially acidic things, dry them completely with a towel and place them back in their block. As the metal is very high quality it will not warp or rust over time as long as you don't put it in the dishwasher. I'm not sure even that will do so much damage, but it will void the warranty so don't do it! It's not worth it!
The block is very a very unique piece that serves as a decoration piece in a minimalist kitchen. The set comes with a tool that allows you to unscrew the four screws holding the plastic in place so that you can clean the inside, which has gotten surprisingly dirty. Dirty might not be the right word, but there are some water spots and dust on the inside building up that are impossible to clean up without taking the block apart. No biggie, the incredible quality of the knives and the beauty of the design make for great dual functionality. I'm very happy with these knives. When I notice the edge is becoming dull, I will properly invest in a stone.
If you want life long, sharp, quality, beautiful knives with the added bonus of being a conversation piece, you'll love these!
*p.s. Please, if you love your investment, do not use any of these as cleavers to hack through bones, as box openers or as tools for anything other than exactly what they are intended for. Use the old set for that! Also do not even soak them in the sink, follow the care instructions exactly. It's very important.