I have been using Calphalon Self Sharpening Knives for a few weeks now. The actual set that I have is “Calphalon Classic Self-Sharpening Stainless Steel 12-Piece Knife Block Set” Calphalon is known for making high quality kitchen tools, and I was excited to try these self sharpening knives. Disclosure: I sometimes receive compensation from the companies whose products I review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
These knives are full stainless steel, even the handle. Even though the set is advertised as shelf sharpening, only the 8-inch Chef’s Knife, the 5 inch Santoku Knife, and the 4.5 inch Paring Knife are self sharpening.
The 6 inch Serrated Utility Knife, the 6 Steak Knives, and the Kitchen Shears are NOT self sharpening. They have a place in the Gray Wooden block, but there is no sharpening mechanism inside of their respective places.
The Calphalon Self Sharpening Knives are covered by a Lifetime Warranty, and they will replace anything that is defective when used in a normal household environment.
HOW IT CUTS
When I pulled the 8-inch Chef’s knife out of the Gray Wooden Block, the first thing I liked was the “SCHWING!” sound that it made, as it ran through the sharpening mechanism. I felt like a warrior, ready to attack with my sword. Then I realized playtime is over, and I better get to cooking, or dinner will be at midnight.
The handles are easy to grip, they have a slight roughing to the steel. The knives are much lighter than I expected.
There are labels on the top of the Chef, Santoku, Paring, and Utility knives, but not the steak knives, which kind of bothered me. I don’t know if that is normal, but call me OCD, it just seemed lazy. It made them seem like they belonged in a different set.
These knives are really sharp, and stay sharp with continued use. With the Chef knife, you can cut a potato in half, one handed. I don’t typically do this, but will probably be useful when I chop one of my fingers off with these super sharp knives.
The steak knives are really good too. Your guests will think that your steak is tender and juicy, as their knife effortlessly glides through what they believe is a perfectly cooked, juicy cut of beef. Until they get it in their mouths and realize it is tough as an old shoe. But oh, they will marvel at the quality of these Calphalon Self Sharpening Knives!
The Paring Knife is nice and small, which is what you want in a Paring Knife. It is a good tool to use to skin kiwi’s and small fruits. It does a good job, getting the skins off without mashing the fruit into kiwi sauce.
The Santoku Knife handles really well, but I gotta be honest, I always use a Chef’s Knife in every knife set I’ve owned. This one is nice compact, and it makes me want to use it. If anybody reading this is a Santoku Knife fan, I’d love to hear from you, please comment below.
The Utility Knife, I use that to open bags of prewashed salad and cut tags off of clothes. I opened some toys my kid got for Christmas with it. I didn’t wash it, and put it back. Don’t tell my wife.
The Kitchen Shears are good. They have a bottle opener notch in the one blade, which is OK I guess. Not sure I would want to wrestle with a bottle of beer with a super sharp set of scissors, but somebody might. F that, not me. They do have cool grippy teeth that will help you open up hard to get off twist caps though. I haven’t used it though, because I’m a super strong warrior, and nothing gets in my way. Where is that Chef’s Knife? SCHWING!
The set as a whole looks really nice. The Gray wooden block goes well with the matte stainless steel handles of the knives. It would look nice on any counter. I hide mine in the cupboard though, I got so much sh*t on my counters already. Juicer, blender, deep fryer, vegetable steamer. My cat has barely any room to sleep on my counter!
CLEAN UP / CARE
These knives need to be hand washed, like all stainless steel. That is a pain. Everything in the kitchen is a pain though, and if you are buying high quality knives like this, you already know that. Cooking is fun, at least for some. I enjoy it. Nobody likes to clean. Even though we have all these hand wash only items, we still manage to run our dishwasher 3 times a day.
I hope you have found this information useful, if you have any questions, comments, or any good dirty jokes, please leave them in the comment section below.