Find out which kitchen cutlery set is best for you.
Have you ever wondered why there are so many Kitchen Cutlery Sets with such a wide range of pricing, when all you want to know is how well the knives cut? Our friend Janet did some research on the subject and found there are a variety of factors involved, besides just performance and longevity.
To start with, there is an old saying that says “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” When it comes to choosing a cutlery set to meet your individual needs, you may think that the more expensive cutlery sets are a waste of your hard earned money. You might also think you’d be more satisfied with something that is a fraction of the expensive set’s cost.
On the flip side, you might think that a cutlery set has to cost well into the hundreds, or possibly even the thousands, before you would even consider looking at it, much less using it in your beautiful kitchen. Like this set of Cutco Cutlery for instance.
Marketing has a lot to do with the wide price range. It considers the specific customer market the manufacturer is trying to reach. Obviously, marketing is not the main factor involved in determining the cost of any item.
Here is a list of considerations before purchasing a kitchen cutlery set:
- The type of material the blades are made from, such as steel or ceramic.
- The type of material the handles are made from, such as wood, plastic or steel.
- The quality of the materials used in the blade, such as Damascus steel or German steel.
- The quality of the materials used in the handle, such as Olive wood or hickory.
- The process used to make the blade, such as forged or layered steel.
- The process used to put the handle on, such as riveted, bracketed or all one piece.
- The quality of the finished product, such as exemplary workmanship or seconds because of some possible flaw.
- The style of the handle, such as ridging in the plastic for a better grip, conveniently placed curves for a better fit in your hand, or even an adjustable weight system that allows personal preferences.
- The job the specific knives are intended for, such as filleting or chopping.
- The durability of the blade, such as not easily chipping or bending.
- The staying power of the blade’s sharpness.
- The durability of the handle.
- The ease of the cleaning process.
- The reputation of the company making kitchen cutlery sets.
- The reputation of some well known person that has been asked to use or demonstrate the kitchen cutlery set for endorsement purposes.
- And yes, the prestige of the market the manufacturer is trying to target will be factored in.
When looking at kitchen cutlery sets overall, there are a few other factors that greatly influence the cost of the individual kitchen cutlery sets. The number of knives in the set, the type of knives included, the expand-ability of the set, and whether or not a knife block is included.
Inexpensive Knife Block from Chicago Cutlery
The inclusion of a knife block will also bring in several of those factors mentioned above. You need to apply them to the kitchen block itself, such as material, quality, and style; it then adds capacity and counter space as further factors to consider.
No matter what individual factors go into making, pricing and marketing, it is the personal preference of the cook that will determine which kitchen cutlery set is best for you.
What are your main factors when looking for new kitchen cutlery? Leave us a comment below.