3 Stars By Biggest Fan on 2015-05-22
My old bread knife is about 12 years old and I could tell it was starting to get dull. I like Chicago Cutlery in general and thought I'd give their bread knife a try, since it was reasonably priced. Unfortunately, my verdict doesn't go beyond "ok"...although the knife seems very sharp, I didn't think it performed too well on bread with a softer crust. I still prefer my old knife, which I'm pretty sure cost even less than the new one. As you can see in the photo, the blade of the new knife is more serrated, which doesn't mean it's doing a better job necessarily.
5 Stars By cindylou on 2015-03-29
It was nice to see my exact same knives here on amazon
It was really neat to lay the old worn out knives next to the new ones...I have been cooking with these knives for at least 30 years, minimum. It was nice to see my exact same knives here on amazon...thank you for making an old chef very happy.
1 Stars By honda guy on 2014-04-19
Terrible quality, terrible price.
This might have been a great product at one time when most of the reviews were written, but it's definitely not the same quality today. The one I received was very poorly made with rough rivets, warped wood not fitting the blade, and a rough splintered finish. Absolutely terrible.
As for the price, it might have been OK back when these were produced in the USA, but today they are not, and given the above, it's simply ridiculous. I would feel ripped off paying $5 for this knife, let alone what's being charged here.
Save your money and your time returning this thing - don't buy it.
3 Stars By Marc on 2017-01-17
Quality is declining
Ordered 2 of these. The wood handle was loose on one of them. We have the original full set of Chicago Cutlery knives from 12 years ago. Our paring knife broke and it is one of my favorites, so I purchased 2 more to replace it. I like the original style with a curved handle and a somewhat different blade shape better, but this was all that is available now. This one is obviously a lesser quality than the original.
2 Stars By mmcgr on 2017-11-10
Bad Handle Equals Bad Knife
I've happily used Chicago Cutlery knives for decades. Bought two three-inch knives to replace one I lost. The handles have been changed into blocky and uncomfortable non-rounded square chunks of wood that are more like a junior-high school shop project than a proper handle. Chicago Cutlery needs reminding that a knife consists of two parts; a blade and a handle, and that a crappy handle results in a crappy knife.
1 Stars By G. Cox on 2016-05-31
The current knives don't cut it
Chicago Cutlery Walnut Tradition 3-Inch Slant Tip Paring Knife
I've been using these Chicago Cutlery paring knives for more than 20 years. I like them because they're well-balanced, sharpen well and hold an edge just as well as the higher-priced ones I've tried. Twenty years of dishwashering has bleached the handles a bit, but other than that, they're doing great. Best paring knives I've found.
Update Apr 2017: I initially gave these knives a 5-star rating because I had such good results with the 20-year-old knives. But then I bought a bunch of new knives. Sadly, the current generation isn't nearly as good as the old ones. They seem to be low-carbon steel and don't hold an edge very well. I can no longer recommend them.
1 Stars By Dave 0375 on 2017-04-22
I was very disappointed with the quality
I was very disappointed with the quality, fit and finish of these "Chicago" knives. I only learned, after receiving them, "Chicago" knives sold out to a firm that imports them from China. No where near the quality of the original "Chicago" knifes, many of which I have. These are not made in the USA anymore. They needed sanding to brighten the brass and round off the corners of the handles. The quality of the brass riveting was substandard. They were dull and needed sharpening. Setting that aside, if you want a cheap, China made knife, with the "Chicago" name on it, these knifes are for you. I would have sent them back, but that would have cost more than I spent on the knives in the first place. Buyer beware, I wasn't.......
5 Stars By CrazyforAZ on 2017-12-01
Perfect small knife
I already had one, but love it so much, I thought I'd better get a spare, since mine is over 20 years old. It is big enough to get the job done, but lets you have great control of the blade. Just sharpen once in awhile. Perfect for peeling potatoes, prepping apples, small chops, It's usually in the dish drainer, because I just used it. I have always kept mine out of the dishwasher. The handle can use an occasional oiling. The wood can dry out if you let it sit in water or use the dishwasher I have an expensive set of German knives which I love for heavy duty work, but this is perfect for the light stuff.
5 Stars By Rebecca G. on 2016-04-04
Great Knives! Last for Years!
I purchased these knives as a Christmas gift to my brother a few years ago. They come in a really nice package which is great for gift giving. Out of the box they are very sharp and look very well made. They are very well balanced and they look great in a kitchen. Now that it's been a few years, my brother has not had any issues with these knives whatsoever and they are still in great shape. My brother does not exactly take care of his things either so these knives must be extremely durable to make it through the beating I'm sure he's put them through. They are not dishwasher safe which is a little annoying but my brother has put them through a few times with no issues. He has sharpened them a few times which was really easy to do yourself with the right sharpener. I am glad these knives have served my brother well and recommend these knives to anyone looking for a great wedding, birthday, or christmas gift.
5 Stars By Miser on 2015-05-22
My old one is pretty much flat from top to bottom and much thinner ...
I bought this to replace a cheaper one that I thought I lost but I found the lost one after placing my order, so I can compare the two. The Chicago Cutlery knife is heavier and almost twice as expensive as the old one. The heavier weight is due to the shape of the knife. It is noticeably wider on top and tapers sharply to the cutting edge farther down. My old one is pretty much flat from top to bottom and much thinner and lighter weight. The difference in design is noticeable in the way they perform. The Chicago Cultery knife is able to cut very thin slices, far better than my old one. The reason, I believe, is that the thicker top of the Chicago Cutlery spreads the bread apart so the cutting edge can reach the bread it is cutting without having the cut pieces grabbing the top of the knife and slowing it down. That shows the designers of the Chicago Cutlery knife are perfectly knowledgeable of what is needed to make a better tool. The extra metal, better design, and the nice walnut wood handle makes the Chicago a much better value than the knife I bought previously. I bought it because I thought that all bread knives are similar. Now I know better. Lastly, the Chicago Cultery knife is also much longer so I can cut larger loaves.