OXO Good Grips Professional 14-Piece Knife Block Set Review

The OXO Good Grips Professional 14-Piece Knife Block Set is one of the better knife sets around. One thing that I really like about this knife set is that I am not paying a fortune for a set of knives that will go dull in a matter of months. These knives are reasonably priced, not to mention after months of use they are still sharp. As a cooking instructor and a house wife I do more than my fair share of cooking and I can honestly say these are some of my favorite knives, plus they live up to the name OXO has already made for themselves in the kitchen arena.

This 14-piece knife set doesn’t come with just knives, it has quite a few extras that make the purchase worth your while. In terms of knives consumers will find an 8 inch chef’s, a 8 inch slicer, 5 inch utility, 4 inch Santoku, 8 inch brad, 3 ½ inch parer, and six steak knives. In addition to the knives consumers will receive a sharpening tool and a knife block that can be used to store all of the knives. One thing I really like about this knife set is that the block has three extra holes in it, so I can add to my knife set or store the knives from my old set that I really want to keep, including my favorite kitchen shears.

Pros
  • Not Serrated – I know most people enjoy serrated knives, such as the Ginsu knives, but I personally cannot stand them. I love how majority of these knives are not serrated; the only two knives that are serrated are the bread knife and the 5 inch utility knife. Many people think that steak knives have to be serrated in order to cut cooked meat, but these slice right through the meat without any trouble at all.
  • Sharpening Tool – I am so glad that this knife set came with a sharpening steel because it allows me to keep the edge on my knives, without the edge the knives just don’t cut very well. Many people make the mistake of thinking the sharpening steel will sharpen the knives, but all it does is align the edge of the blade, which a properly aligned blade allows for precision cutting.
  • Angled Knife Block – Some knife blocks are straight up and down, which drives me crazy because I cannot easily grab my knives out of the block. Having the angled knife block allows me to easily grab the knife I need without having to move the knife block from underneath the counters, the angle just makes it easier to work in the kitchen.
  • Rubber Handles – I love the rubber handles because it prevents the knife from slipping out of my hand, nothing is worse than trying to cut a tomato with a knife that keeps falling out of your hand. Not only are the handles nonslip, but they are also ergonomically correct so they are comfortable to use.
Cons
  • Dishwasher Safe – The knives claim they are dishwasher safe, but I do not recommend putting them in the dishwasher. The dishwasher will not discolor the handles like other knives, but it will eventually ruin the knives. To keep the knives looking and working their best they should only be hand washed.
  • Not Riveted – I personally prefer knives that have riveted handles because of the extra strength they provide the knife. Honestly when I first started using these knives I thought they weren’t going to last long due to not having any rivets in the handle. I will say I am surprised they have lasted this long, but I still think knives with riveted handles are more durable.

The OXO Good Grips comes with 14 pieces, just like the Ginsu International Traditions does, but that is where the similarities end. One of the biggest differences between these two knife sets is the serrated edges, the Ginsu International Traditions only comes with serrated knives, while all of the knives with the OXO Good Grips set are not serrated. Another difference is that the Ginsu knives do not come with a sharpening steel, but they do come with kitchen shears. The OXO Good Grips have non-riveted rubber handles, whereas the Ginsu International Traditions have triple-riveted traditional style handles.

Both sets of knives are great, but I personally prefer the OXO Good Grips even though they are not triple riveted. The OXO Good Grips are a bit more expensive, but I just like them better. The rubber handles are softer and more comfortable for me to hold, which is very important with all of the cooking that I do, both in the home and out.

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