As we’ve had our collection of Cutco knives and implements for almost two years [correction: one year], I thought it was time to post a Cutco cutlery review.
History: about a year ago, our friend Deanna Scortino made an appointment with us to view her Cutco cutlery, which we assumed was a collection of high-end knives. I’ll admit that I had zero interest and zero intention of buying knives, so I easily agreed. Maybe one, but that was all. <grin>
Deanna showed up with a large collection of knives, scissors, cooking utensils, other implements and brochures, and began her demonstration. Sure, she’s a good salesperson, but suffice it to say that it wasn’t long before I could see the obvious superiority of the knives. They were nice-looking, not too heavy, built to last, and sharp — but built in a way that it’s not so easy to cut yourself. Let me put it this way: these are knives that would serve us well. And, when I saw the kitchen scissors and the garden clippers (two items I’d wanted for ages), I wanted them. We purchased a rather large set.
Our Cutco shipment arrived not long thereafter, each item packaged carefully to protect it during shipping. We unpacked and carefully washed our assortment of new Cutco knives, steak knives, a kind of knife-cum-butter-spatula item, cooking utensils — and the aforementioned kitchen scissors and garden clippers. Then we tried them.
I have to say that I was surprised at just how good (and how light) the knives were — the steak knives easily cut through anything we tried.
But the real show-stopper was watching George remove the skin from a pineapple — always a business that requires both strength and elbow grease. One begins in anticipation of enjoying fresh, juicy pineapple, but the difficulty in removing the skin takes some of the pleasure out of the experience. At any rate, I watched George place the knife into position near the top of the pineapple and then -THWOP!- cut right through to the bottom of the pineapple. No sawing motions. No earnest hacking away at the skin. Not quite believing it, I tried it myself. To be honest, it peeled the pineapple so quickly that it was over before I was done enjoying the effectiveness of the knife. (I decided that I wasn’t really up for buying a lot of pineapples just to enjoy peeling them quickly.)
One more thing: the kitchen scissors come apart, so that they’re easily washed, leaving no "gunk" in the joints. And the garden clippers are very precise — using them gives you the feel of high-quality engineering.
We’ve had our Cutco knives for almost two years now and they’ve served us well. I have to admit to being a little smug about them. Last Christmas, Deanna had offered to sharpen them for us but we didn’t see the need. Maybe this year.
Our old knives got relegated to other duties or were given away. And I’ll say that it’s funny how a good knife adds to the dining experience.
Note: Lastly, I realize that this article sounds a little like a gushy marketing piece. I really don’t intend it to; I’m just happy with the product, and this article is just another in a series of "things I’ve found excellent" that started on our DesignerJones website. Secondly, we were offered nothing for this review, and if we did, our policy would be to say so.
Cutco (aka The World’s Finest Cutlery) has been one of the top-selling knives in North America for the last 15+ years. Known as "the Craftsman Tools for your kitchen," Cutco dates back from 1949. Cutco knives are hand-crafted in the US-based factory in Olean, New York.
Not only do Cutco implements stay much sharper than the average knife with their very own "Double-D Edge," they also have an ergonomic handle designed for people with arthritis. Cutco’s quality is absolutely unbeatable. Cutco uses a very expensive thermo-resin called Celcon (similar to the material used in bowling balls, football helmets, and what’s used to line dishwashers) for the handles and the highest quality steel available in cutlery today for their blades — 440A steel to be exact (many doctors and dentists use this steel in surgical instruments). Cutco handles are also complete with nickel-silver rivets (yes, the same nickel-silver you find in jewelry).
The Forever Guarantee: Lastly, Cutco wouldn’t be Cutco without its most well-known and admired feature: its famous FOREVER Guarantee. To clarify, it is not a Lifetime Guarantee, but quite literally FOREVER (in fact, most Cutco owners to write Cutco in their wills). To sum it up, you can break it, rust it, throw it down the dishwasher disposal, etc. and as long as you send your knife back to Cutco, they’ll send you a new knife for no charge. Customers’ favorite part of this? You don’t even need a receipt. And, when you first purchase Cutco, you can try Cutco out for 15 business days. If you’re not satisfied, they will refund your money, no questions asked. There’s a reason Cutco does about $200 million in sales each year — their Guarantee works and their customer service is incomparable.
Cutco pricing is pretty comparable to high-end cutlery sets in stores today. Sets go from about $300-$2000, pieces $25-$150. The only way to purchase Cutco is through your local rep, or at specific home and remodeling shows. Cutco sales reps work solely from referrals, so friends and family can also refer you to a Cutco rep if they already know one.
Be on the lookout for Cutco on "John Ratzenberger’s Made in America" on the Discovery Channel, "Unwrapped" on the Food Network Show, and coming soon on the History Channel’s "Modern Marvels."
Since Cutco is only sold through sales reps, if you’re interested in a demonstration of Cutco’s high-end cutlery and kitchen implements, contact Deanna. She’ll be at the LA Fair at the Pomona Fair Grounds until Sunday, September 30th. She says, "We will be in our usual spot in Building #5 so come by and say ‘Hello’ to me at the CUTCO Booth! We will have many fair specials and new products to take home!"
UPDATE: The LA Fair fair normally runs Wed-Sun for the month of September, and the Cutco folks are now in Building #9.
If you’ve missed it, or wish a home demonstration:
- Ask for Deanna or Rick: (323) 687-8287
- Visit Deanna’s Cutco rep website
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