Victorinox Kitchen Knives Review
Victorinox kitchen knives are known unanimously as the best budget buy. No other knives in this price range can come close to comparing or give the precise cut that Victorinox knives do. Not only that, Victorinox knives hold their own when compared against the higher priced Henckel’s, Wusthof’s and the like, even though they are made through the lower quality process of stamping.
The most well known from this maker is the RH Forschner by Victorinox Fibrox and our review will be focusing on this line of knives.
Victorinox Kitchen Knives – Materials
Victorinox kitchen knives are known unanimously as the best budget buy. No other knives in this price range can come close to comparing or give the precise cut that Victorinox knives do. Not only that, Victorinox knives hold their own when compared against the higher priced Henckel’s, Wusthof’s and the like, even though they are made through the lower quality process of stamping . The most well known from this maker is the RH Forschner by Victorinox Fibrox and our review will be focusing on this line of knives.
R.H. Forschner blades are made from stamped, high-carbon stainless steel produced in Switzerland by expert craftsmen. This type of blade has been stamped out of a sheet of metal, producing a thinner and lighter blade.
Most people are of the opinion that the best kitchen knives are forged, or hammered into shape from a single piece of metal, rather than stamped as this Victorinox is. (Victorinox does offer forged knives for a higher price.) They feel that stamped blades are hard to control and flimsy. While this is true in most cases, the RH Forschner is an exception.
Most experts are amazed at how well this stamped blade knife slices compared to higher end forged knives. Also, some believe that forged knives are heavy and can be awkward to handle. Others, however, miss the heft of the more expensive, forged knives.
The blade is also approved by NSF International, meaning that there is a minimal amount of crevices in the knife that could harbor bacteria. While this is not necessarily important to the average consumer, this is very important to a commercial restaurant or chef.
There is no bolster, or lip between the handle and blade, on these knives. Some seem to miss this lip while almost all enjoy the non-slip handle.
The handles of the Forschner kitchen knives are made of textured, slip resistant Fibrox mineral fiber which is ergonomically designed for balance and to reduce tension in the wrist. The patented handle is even slip resistant when wet. Reviewers report being able to chop like a ‘TV chef’ with the Victorinox Fibrox knives.
Care and Durability
Victorinox kitchen knives are made with a special tempering process that produces a blade that can be resharpened time and time again. However, in many reviews, users mention never sharpening the blade and do not see a reason to. The blade is still as sharp as the day they purchased it.
You would be crazy to place some of Victorinox’s high end, forged blade, competitor’s knives in the dishwasher. Those knives require an extreme amount of care.
While Victorinox recommends hand washing their knives, the RH Forschner and other knives in the line are dishwasher safe. Just take the time to ensure the blade isn’t touching any other objects in the dishwasher or can bounce around throughout the cycle.
Types of Victorinox Kitchen Knives
The most well known Victorinox kitchen knife is the 8-inch multipurpose Victorinox chef’s knife, found on Amazon for around $25-$29 depending on the day. This knife is designed for chopping, dicing, slicing, and mincing and everything in between. It’s a great go-to tool for those who just need one main knife in the house. This knife was selected as the Editor’s Choice knife by Cooks Illustrated. They concluded their review of the knife by saying “This is exactly what a knife is supposed to be.” 400+ reviewers on Amazon give the R.H. Forschner 5 out of 5 stars.
Victorinox offers a set of 3 of these types of knives for around $65.
Also popular is the Victorinox 8-Piece Knife Block Set which includes the 8-inch chef knife, a 6-inch boning knife, 4-inch paring knife, 8-inch bread knife, 10-inch slicing knife, kitchen shears and a 10-inch sharpening steel. This set will run you around $170. A 6 piece set of Victorinox steak knives can be purchased separately for $30.
Victorinox Lifetime Guarantee
Once you purchase one of these knives, unless you lose it, you will never have to purchase another. Victorinox knives come with a lifetime guarantee. If anything at all was to happen to this kitchen knife or go wrong with it, send it back to Victorinox and they will send you a brand new replacement, free of charge.
Victorinox kitchen knives offer the most bang for your buck. Although probably not the choice of a master chef, these knives are a good choice as an everyday kitchen knife in the average home. Choosing a knife of higher quality would cost you double or triple the cost of these good quality knives.
Victorinox has created a great knife with a sharp blade, comfortable to grip and easy to maneuver handle, that’s a breeze to care for in an affordable package. That’s why its included on Best Kitchen Knives Reviewed.
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