Unique double edge blade for precision cutting
Includes 8-Inch chef's knife, 7-Inch santoku blade, 5-Inch utility knife and 3.5-Inch paring knife in a round bamboo block
Knives never need sharpening thanks to being forged from Japanese stainless 420J2 steel
Stainless steel tang extends through the entire handle
Limited lifetime warranty
Ginsu Chikara Series blades are forged from Japanese 420J2 stainless steel that is known for its stain and rust resistance, strength, and its ability to hold and incredibly sharp edge. The traditional Japanese-style handles are made of heat and water resistant resin and fit smoothly into your hand. Japanese steel tang extends through the entire handle. Limited lifetime warranty.
- Type: Knives; knife set
- Color: Brown, black, metallic
- Weight: 3 lb 4.3 oz
- Made In: China
- Warranty: Limited lifetime
- Composition: Stainless steel, resin, bamboo
- Manufacturer: Ginsu
- Other versions: 8-piece set; 12-piece set
- Product number: 7107
|Apparent goal:||kids||gift/registry||home kitchens||restaurants||everywhere|
|Intended audience:||novice||advanced beginner||good home cook||gourmet||professional|
|Diet/nutrition:||does not apply||scary||empty promises||helpful||essential|
|Green?:||not especially||neutral||mixed blessing||earth friendly||green!|
|Innovative:||step back||standing still||progress||trendy||genius|
|Problem solving:||no better||baby steps||solid steps||giant steps||a revelation|
|Competition:||outclassed||follower||in the pack||strong challenger||likely champ|
|Ease of use:||impossible||frustrating||OK||simple||child's play|
|Quality:||cheesy||questionable||good||years of service||impressive|
|Parts to lose:||inevitable||some/many||one-piece||self-storing||not a problem|
|Clean-up:||nightmare||wipe clean||soap & water||scouring pad||dishwasher|
|Does it work?:||not at all||adequately||well||very well||perfectly|
|Availability:||airfare required||online||kitchen store||department store||supermarket|
|Easy to open?:||impossible||maddening||tolerable||good||opens itself|
|Green?:||fills a landfill||huge waste||passable||minimal waste||impressive|
|Time saving:||time wasting||not really||modest||substantial||huge|
|Labor saving:||less efficient||marginal||a bit||noticeable||remarkable|
|Money saving:||money wasted||none||$||$$||$$$|
|Beats the old way:||worse||no change||better||infinitely||entirely new|
|Where will it live?:||garage/attic||drawer||cabinet||countertop||elsewhere|
|Fulfills ambitions:||falls short||almost there||satisfies||exceeds||home run|
|How often used:||once/twice||≥daily||≥weekly||≥monthly||≥yearly/holidays|
|Worth the space?:||no||does not apply||w/unlimited space||w/limited space||absolutely|
|Need it?:||a luxury||discretionary||basic equipment||for serious cooks||get it|
|Value:||ouch!||a little pricey||worth splurging||on the money||a deal|
|Overall rating:||skip it||fair||good||very good||excellent|
Comments: We will admit that for those of us of a certain age, the name Ginsu has not always evoked a great sense of quality. We will further admit that we once straightened the trunk of a Christmas tree with our original Ginsu knife.
But times have changed.
Ginsu, holding onto its reputation for sharpness, has added boatloads of quality and style to its knives and knife sets. This 5-piece Chikara set (chikara being the Japanese word for power or energy) is forged of Japanese stainless steel, which has a reputation for stain and rust resistance, strength, and the ability to hold a sharp edge. The tang extends the full length of the handle, which is made of a heat-and water-resistant resin. The knife block, which is gorgeous, is made of bamboo. The knives have a very solid feel.
This set is ideal as a gift, or for someone just starting out. For someone with bigger hands or bigger ambitions, a 6" chef's knife and a 5" Santoku might not be big enough. But they are probably ideal for someone who is a little intimidated by big knives or for someone relatively new to the kitchen. Those wanting larger knives may want to step up to the 8-piece or the 12-piece sets, each of which includes a 7" Santoku and an 8" chef's knife.
These may be a small notch down from the best of the German knives, but they are so good and such a deal, they also deserve our overall rating of excellent. And you can bet we won't be using any of these knives on our Christmas trees….