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Old 01-07-2016, 01:21 AM   #1
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Has anyone tried the Cuisinart Arista set?

I want to get a decent set of knives but don't want to spend a lot of money on one at this time. I'm a newbie at cooking so I don't need a professional set of knives, just basic functionality.

I saw this Cuisinart 11-piece set on Amazon and was intrigued because it got great reviews. It looks like it would be attractive in my kitchen as well

http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-11-P...B00MUZSFSW#Ask

Would love to hear if anyone has used this set or has any thoughts about whether it would be a good choice.

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Old 01-07-2016, 04:30 AM   #2
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I would not get it because the handle looks too large to fit my hand. I think you should find this in the store and try the fit before you buy.
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Old 01-07-2016, 07:26 AM   #3
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I would look very closely at the steel used in those knives. At that price point I doubt that it could be very good and will probably not hold an edge very well.
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Old 01-07-2016, 09:02 AM   #4
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The way the knives sit on edge in the block will dull them pretty quickly.

The general advice from experienced cooks on this forum is to go to a store that sells quality knives and handle them. It's important that it feels comfortable in your hand. And knife sets are generally not a good buy. You usually end up using two, maybe three, out of the set. Just buy what you need.
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Old 01-07-2016, 10:49 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone! Sounds like I need to make a trip to the store and see what they have. Bed Bath and Beyond has an okay selection. Sur La Table might be better. I don't know what types of knives I would need to have the basics. Does anyone have recommendations?
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Old 01-07-2016, 12:24 PM   #6
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Most of us recommend against buying a set.

The basic requirements are generally considered to be:

A chef's knife or santoku for slicing, chopping, etc.
A paring knife for small hand work.
A serrated bread knife.

I'd focus on these three in a good quality knife brand and model and add them as you can afford them.
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Old 01-07-2016, 12:58 PM   #7
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Most of us recommend against buying a set.

The basic requirements are generally considered to be:

A chef's knife or santoku for slicing, chopping, etc.
A paring knife for small hand work.
A serrated bread knife.

I'd focus on these three in a good quality knife brand and model and add them as you can afford them.
Agreed.
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Old 01-07-2016, 01:06 PM   #8
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I just bought a Cuisinart 8" serrated bread knife. The quality seems to be pretty decent, but how can I tell? Here's the link. The description is wrong (it says 7").

Buy Cuisinart® Classic Triple Riveted 7-Inch Bread Knife from Bed Bath & Beyond
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Old 01-07-2016, 01:08 PM   #9
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Can 8" serrated bread knives be used with other food items besides bread?
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Old 01-07-2016, 01:24 PM   #10
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Can 8" serrated bread knives be used with other food items besides bread?
Sure it can KG. My dented sterling handle serrated "bread knife" sliced my wedding cake when I was a 19yr old bride in 1963.

You've had good advice from above about shopping for knives. Time to go to a store and shop.
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