Rated 5 out of 5 by twinseltown Size *does* matter
I've always been the kind of gal that believed bigger was better. For the last 10 or so years, the only knife in my busy kitchen that I relied upon with any regularity was my beloved, extra hefty, extra big, extra sharp, Chef's knife. It was all I ever needed. (Seriously, I can even pit cherries with this sucker.) Then I met Calphalon's Contemporary Cutlery Fruit & Vegetable Set. Size *does* matter. Or rather, a *variety* of sizes matter. Who knew?! I love the precision of the 3.5" parer knife and the 6" Utility knife is unbelievably (wait for it) utilitarian. It's a true workhorse in my kitchen now. I also really appreciate the *feel* of these knives. The handles have just enough heft. They feel very substantial but aren't too clunky or awkward for my small hands. The weight of these knives is right on the money too. My Chef's knife is a little lonely these days but I think it understands that it's high time that I use the right tool for the right job.
April 22, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mhristie My Clumsy Fingers Thank You
I have a lot of knives. I have hand-me-down knives, bought-it-at-a-party knives, saved-up-for-a-long-time knives, and even a few not-really-sure-where-they-came-from knives. I'm not the most coordinated cook, and it helps me to have a knife that I'm comfortable with for each task I undertake. That's all changing now; my new Calphalon cutlery set is already taking the place of all of my other knives. The knives are perfectly shaped, awesomely sharp, and so well-balanced that even a klutz like me can handle them with apparent grace. With the 6" Utility knife I've trimmed several artichokes for steaming, peeled, pitted and chopped a mango (using that inside-out method that the TV cooks make look so easy but has always foiled me before), and made super-thin slices of onion for the best tasting hamburgers ever. The only drawback to the knives is that they may make me into a bit of an egomaniac; I always figured it was my lack of skill that kept me from accomplishing these tasks, and now I know I can do anything with a good knife.
April 21, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by MomBecky Cuts like butter
I have had the opportunity to use both the 3 1/2 in paring knife and the 6 in utility knife in preparing meals for my family. My first response when cutting raw potatoes was "wow, this is like cutting through butter". The knives were both very sharp and easy to use. The handle was comfortable and fit in my hand nicely. Using them both right and left handed was easy. The knives were all top quality.
I do wish the packaging said more about HOW to sharpen the knives correctly. I also wish they were dishwasher safe, the labeling stated that for best effect to hand wash and dry the blades. For my busy family life, the easier the clean up, the more I like the product.
I love my knives and I am looking forward to using the 8 in blade. I will be happy to buy/use Calphalon knives again. I look forward to using these blades for a long time in the future.
April 22, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by jkfnp Fabulous knives
These knives look great and perform flawlessly. I had been using a similar knife (different expensive brand) to the smaller one. But my old one has a significantly longer handle. When I first picked up the 3.5" Calphalon knife I thought I wouldn't like the shorter handle, but I found that it is easier to do precise work with small foods when my hand is not so far away from the tip of the knife.
I also thought that the labels on the end of the handle (that tells you the size and purpose of the knife) might look a little "cheesy" in the knife block. But I quickly got over that when I thought about how much time I have wasted over the years pulling out the wrong knife, putting it back in, pulling out another wrong knife, etc. Now I really appreciate those labels! It also facilitates other people helping in the kitchen. ;)
March 31, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by cnorth Great for small hands
I'm a bit of a dunce in the kitchen, and I normally hate all the chopping and dicing that goes into cooking. These Calphalon knives, however, make those tedious tasks almost -- dare I say it -- pleasant!
I've been using them regularly for several weeks, and they're still brilliantly sharp. I have tiny hands (my 12yo daughter's hands are larger than mine), and the shape of the handles on these knives make using them quite comfortable.
The handles feel solid and blades good and heavy. They're sharp all the way to the tip. Having good quality knives has made my time in the kitchen much more enjoyable.
These knives are a great value. In comparison to other Calphalon products, they're quite reasonably priced and a good value for the money.
Thank you, Calphalon!
April 26, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Alene P. surprisingly the best
Read reviews and looked at several different brands, found a starter set at a local retailer and decided to give it a try. Was surprised at the comfort, style and function of the knife. Decided to go on line and continue to purchase open stock. Probably would have been cheaper for me to purchase a complete set with block, but didn't want the block. With children didn't want knifes sitting out on my counter. I purchased a seperate knife holder that can be placed in a drawer, wich that it had been available through Calphalon, but none the less happy with the fit of my new knifes not only in my hand but in the drawer.
June 22, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Safirecat Knives for Life
These knives are so easy to use. They fit right into the palm of my hand and have a very nice grip. I have long fingers and I don't seem to be over shooting anything and they don't feel too small in my hands. They cut beautifully. It's almost amazing how well I now cut because of these knives. You can't go wrong with the quality. I love that you can see that the blade and the handle are all one piece. No more handles breaking off for us!
We have used it on everything. Strawberries, apples, pears, oranges, even raw and cooked meats. The clean up is easy, just toss in the dishwasher and you're done, until next time!
April 30, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by BuffeyJ Fruit and Vegetable Knives
I've had this set for about a week now and like the quality of the set. Both have a great weight and balance that feels great in my hand. They are sharp and do great with precision cutting. The handles have a nice grip that feels safe to use.
My two complaints (which are minor) are that they are not dishwasher safe, and the parer knife is larger than what I am used to using. Due to it's larger size I'm worried that my hand my tire faster doing larger tasks like peeling potatoes for a large gathering.
Overall though, they are great solid knives that I am proud to have in my collection.
April 30, 2010