Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Cutco Knives - Review & Giveaway

carving knife
Carving Knife image from Cutco.ca

I love to cook! I don't always have the time I'd like to be able to prepare home-cooked meals for my family, but when I do, I enjoy everything about it - selecting fresh produce, prepping ingredients, smelling the delicious aromas, watching my family sit together to share the meal. (And, yes, for the moment I am trying to not think about the inevitable pitfalls of the family table experience. It's always Norman Rockwell at my table, didn't you know?)

An important aspect of making meal prep enjoyable is having the right tools for the job. Quality knives, pans, etc., work to make your job easier.

Have you checked out your knives lately? How are the blades? How is the balance between handle and blade? Are they comfortable? These are all things to consider when choosing a knife, and there are probably many more. I know that I have a lot of cheaper knives that don't exactly live up to my expectations. But now I have at least two knives that that surpass them!

CUTCO Cutlery is the largest manufacturer and marketer of high-quality kitchen cutlery and accessories in the United States and Canada, and has been in business since 1948. All knives are manufactured and individually tested in North America (Olean, NY).  Why hadn't I heard of them before? I don't know. But I am pretty pleased now that they reached out to me to try their products, and I'm delighted to spread the word.

I selected the 9 inch carving knife (pictured above) and a 4 inch paring knife to review. Both are super sharp and very comfortable to hold. The molded handles fit beautifully in my hand, and Hubs finds them great in his (much larger) hand as well. I tend to tear apart any meat I am trying to carve, but this carving knife allowed me to slice nice, thin pieces off our roast the other night. The first thing I tried the paring knife on was a super ripe tomato, and it went through like a hot knife through butter. Amazing. Again, nice thin and even slices with a really easy movement and no difficulty getting started through the skin.  I then cut an uncooked potato and it did a wonderful job slicing easily through that much harder specimen.

The knives are produced from a high-carbon, stain-resistant steel, allowing for a particularly sharp blade that retains its edge. The handles are made from a highly-engineered thermo-resin material that won't chip, fade or absorb, and is dishwasher safe. The blade runs the full length of the handle, giving great strength and balance to the knife.

All CUTCO products are guaranteed for life, and all knives can be returned for free factory sharpening if needed. (You just pay a small shipping charge.) You can read the full Forever Guarantee here. What is really impressive? Even if you damage your CUTCO through your own misuse or abuse, you can contact them to have them replace it for 50% off current retail, plus tax. This company is serious about customer service and maintaining great relationships.

And they have come out with a new business model - Cooking with CUTCO follows an independent consultant and home party model.

About Cooking with CUTCO

Cooking with CUTCO is an exciting new venture within the CUTCO Cutlery family that gives individuals the opportunity to run their own business from home.

Cooking with CUTCO combines the best of both worlds –Cutlery and Cookware! The CUTCO Cooking Experience allows you to showcase our amazing products in action in the kitchen as well as educate the client on how to cook nutritious and healthy meals for their families, in a fast and cost effective manner. But most of all you will have a tonne of fun creating these experiences for yourself & your clients! This business is fun and easy- we will provide you with hands on training, video training and so much more! For more information, check us out at www.cookingwithcutco.ca.

We would love to have you be a part of our CUTCO Family!

The Contest

Santoku Knife
Santoku Knife image from cutco.ca
CUTCO Canada wants a lucky Raising My Boys reader to have a knife of their own. They are providing a 7 inch Santoku knife (retail value $138) for one of you. Contest is open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec. Entry is via the Rafflecopter widget below, until midnight EDT, November 9.

Best of luck!

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