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Old 01-25-2013, 08:21 AM   #1
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Your thoughts on Chicago Cuttlery?

@ walmart they have a decently priced brand of kitchen knives by Chicago Cutlery that I have found to be quite good. They are very durable and they hold an edge for a long time. They are easy to sharpen and they are solid stainless steel. Have you ever used this brand before? what are your thoughts?

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Old 01-25-2013, 09:25 AM   #2
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I gave Jr. a set one year. It included quite a few knives as a package deal and after several years, he often remarks how he still likes them.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:57 AM   #3
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20 years ago I bought a set of CC Walnut handled knives. It was my first set and it cost me $99. It was a decent set and served me well as my primary knives for years until I received a set of Henckels Professional S for a gift.

I still use the CC knives on occasion and take a couple on vacation to our timeshare each year.

That said, there is no guarantee the current sets are better, worse or as good.
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:45 PM   #4
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My CC walnut handled 6" utility knife has served me well. It's close to 40 years old. I do not know if their current knives are of the same quality as the older ones.
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:08 AM   #5
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My chef's knife is not marked, but I am pretty sure it is CC. It is stainless with a black handle, and I love it. I am sure it didn't cost more than $20--it is probably 10 or 11 years old.
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:37 AM   #6
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I've had a 6 inch CC chefs knife for about 25 years and I still use it regularly.

I'd worry a little about current quality, though.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:15 PM   #7
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My parents have had CC for years. They do sharpen well. I have a couple of them (including one of my chef's knives), a boning knife, and a paring knife--mine are probably 25-30 years old). The ones my parents have are the ones with the wooden handles (as are mine). My parents seem to have about 5-6 of the boning knives (from when they had a summer place on Lake of the Woods and a winter house). They did a lot of fishing, so the "filleting" knives were for cleaning fish.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:40 PM   #8
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I have three sets of knives - my Pro set of Mac knives that NOBODY touches but me; three Chicago cutlery knives and at the bottom of the scale a block of "Betty Crocker" knives we got as a wedding present many moons ago (TB loves these).

The CC knives are great. I actually like the chef knife better than Mac for chopping garlic and herbs. The bread knife is awesome! I have to cut TB's gluten free bread half frozen sometimes and it goes through it like butter.
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:05 PM   #9
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My parents had a set of Chicago Cutlery knives that they got for a wedding gift in 1947. When I got my first apartment (1980) they gifted me those knives and bought a new set for themselves. I used them daily up until about 2006, when I finally began replacing them with some newer Japanese knives. The set is now about 65 years old. I still use pieces of it occasionally, for example the cleaver and the meat slicer. That's a pretty good testament, I think.

Having said that, I haven't looked at CC in stores for quite some time, so I don't know if the quality of the newer knives is as good as that of my parents' old set.
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@ walmart they have a decently priced brand of kitchen knives by Chicago Cutlery that I have found to be quite good. They are very durable and they hold an edge for a long time. They are easy to sharpen and they are solid stainless steel. Have you ever used this brand before? what are your thoughts?
I have one good, forged, Chicago Cutlery 8" chef's knife, and I use it a lot. It holds a good edge, and it's comfortable in my hand. I got it from my mother's kitchen after she passed away, and she was noted for never having a sharp knife. It was quite dull when I got it, but I ran it through all 3 stages of my Chef's Choice sharpener and it's been great ever since. I don't know where her's was purchased (I think that it was a knife shop in the mall), but I know that my sister is the one who bought it for her.
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