My sister is getting married in about 8 months. She recently asked me for a list of household items that I absolutely love but that might not be on her radar to add to her registry. One thing that immediately crossed my mind was high quality knives.
We received Cutco knives as a wedding gift 9 1/2 years ago, and to this day, they have not needed to be sharpened. They get used constantly. I absolutely love them.
But let me tell you what I DON’T love….the hoops you have to jump through to buy them, and the expense. While I think the price is ultimately justified by the quality, it really stinks having to fork over so much money for a knife. I don’t even dare to dream about owning a full set of those bad boys. But what is worse than the price is the fact that Cutco knives are difficult to buy. There is NO option for buying directly online. You MUST contact a local sales rep and work through that person.
And I’ve already explained how ambivalent (at best) I feel about working with direct sales reps. The pressure to buy more always feels like it is there, and that just makes me uncomfortable. And then you get asked to consider hosting a party, which can be tempting because it would be nice to get a hefty discount on your own purchase. But then you’d have to host a party. When all you want to do is buy a knife. Sheesh.
There are a few key benefits to using a ceramic knife:
1. Ceramic knives’ hardness means that the ceramic blade will resist wear and remain sharper than a steel blade.
2. non-stick surface makes the ceramic blade easy to clean.
3. No metallic taste or smell. The ceramic blade will not interact with your food’s taste, as metal can do.
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary product for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are strictly my own.