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Old 06-07-2018, 09:11 AM   #1
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As a favor to a friend I had a Cutco sales guy give my wife and I the pitch last nite. To say I was shocked at the prices is an understatement. I just had no idea how much these things cost. I am sure they are awesome knives but $1,200.00??

Is there a high quality knife company out there that is not as expensive as Cutco or is that just price for a high quality set of knives.

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Old 06-07-2018, 09:26 AM   #2
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:28 AM   #3
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I have the Cutco filet knife and ill say, its not my go to when cleaning fish...
We just had a home show in Victoria a month ago and Cutco sales rep had a booth. I talked to him for a while due to interest in a set of good knives including steak knives. He went from $1200 to $750 in about 5 minutes... for his 1 time end of show special. I still walked but if you're considering it, there is room for negotiation.
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:29 AM   #4
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Not sure if they went up on their pricing but when my sister sold them in high school, my parents bought a set of 8 steak knives, the kitchen shears, and a full block of chefs knives for around $600 or so. That was almost 12 years ago and everything I'm over there for dinner they're still as sharp as I remember the day they got them
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:30 AM   #5
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I have ONE like this.

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It hasn't impressed me yet.
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:34 AM   #6
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Nope. It's a big marketing racket where a bunch of people get paid. The sales guy, his boss, his boss' boss, etc.
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:35 AM   #7
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If youre looking for something for the kitchen, there are much better options. You don't see many professional chefs running Cutco.
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:36 AM   #8
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I have the hunting knife and kitchen set and IMO yes they are. Are kitchen set gets used heavily and have never had an issue.
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:52 AM   #9
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Wife bought a set when her cousin was selling them. They're good knives, haven't had any issues with the kitchen knives. I broke the fillet knife while cleaning a redfish. I sent it back and they sent me a brand new one.
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:52 AM   #10
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If youre looking for something for the kitchen, there are much better options. You don't see many professional chefs running Cutco.
Some of the Cutco tools are really great and others not so great. I have two sets of the kitchen shears and they are absolutely the best I have ever seen. One set is very old and still cuts like new. I have two hunting knives, one serrated blade and one straight edge. The guarantee on the serrated blade is legit they will sharpen in for free but you have to ship it to them but worth it. The straight edge is OK but not the best but still a good knife. I really like the handle on both of them very user friendly. I have some of the kitchen knives and 4 steak knives. The kitchen knives stay in the drawer and I very rarely use them (I have german knives for everything meat). The steak knives are excellent and we use them a lot. So there you go! Picky what you buy.
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:53 AM   #11
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I have the hunting knife and kitchen set and IMO yes they are. Are kitchen set gets used heavily and have never had an issue.
My son's buddy was selling them in college and I bought one to help him out. That knife is still my go to gutting/skinning knife and seems to be very well made. It's the only one I own but I am impressed with the overall quality if that means anything.
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:55 AM   #12
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My wife, MIL & SIL all have Cutco's, they like them. They didn't pay $1200 for them though, not sure which set we have but I believe they were around $700 at the state fair.
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:56 AM   #13
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I think they are great knives, it's their sales model that bugs me. I might try one if I could go online and buy a single knife. Instead it's a local kid, eg: son of a friend, who calls and says "I just started this new job and I need to practice my presentation. Can I come by one evening this week?" You then get the full-blown pitch along with a $1,200 price tag. No thanks.
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:58 AM   #14
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You are paying a lot for the name, can you get the job done for less, absolutely. Salesmanship sells. Only thing better if a good lookin, scantly clad woman would have been selling them. Then I there is an option to have a couple beers while your lookin at the show to loosen you up a bit. My take and 2 cent.
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:59 AM   #15
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I think they are great knives, it's their sales model that bugs me. I might try one if I could go online and buy a single knife. Instead it's a local kid, eg: son of a friend, who calls and says "I just started this new job and I need to practice my presentation. Can I come by one evening this week?" You then get the full-blown pitch along with a $1,200 price tag. No thanks.
Yep, this college kid in our neighborhood did the same thing. Ask someone they're friends with for their full contact list of the neighborhood, we got a heads up that "I gave this great kid your name. He's super cool and hard working." Kid calls, I tell him we don't need any knives, "Oh, I totally get it. Can I just run the pitch by you for practice even though you won't buy anything?" And then he puts the hard sale on and acts insulted when the answer is still no.

I know his parents. They have more money than I do. I feel no obligation to pay for his beer money, and it's annoying that I'm now the bad guy.
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:59 AM   #16
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I got one for a present back in 1968. I have never had to send it in to be sharpened(they will do it for free) and it has cleaned hundreds of deer and pigs. I probably will send it in after a few more. Not sure of the quality now but that old knife has been a great one.
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Old 06-07-2018, 10:00 AM   #17
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Nothing about the knife demands a high price. Cheap steel that they use on every knife at Walmart.

People may very well like them, but you could spend way less to get the same thing, or spend the same amount of money and get a good set.
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Old 06-07-2018, 10:13 AM   #18
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The kitchen ones are for sure.
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Old 06-07-2018, 10:15 AM   #19
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As someone who has used a knife or knives, for almost 35 years, on a daily basis, ABSOLUTLEY not... No way in hail.. They are a good average blade with a cheap, rubber handle that is very inexpensive to produce..

They have become a FAD. It will fade and something else will take there place.
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Old 06-07-2018, 10:23 AM   #20
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Anything that comes with a "free" sales pitch is not a great deal... or it wouldn't need the pitch, which you are paying for.
They're good knives, but there are PLENTY of really good knives nowadays that can be had for a fraction of that cost.
If you're a utilitarian type consider Victorinox.
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Old 06-07-2018, 10:27 AM   #21
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They absolutely are worth the money. No other kitchen knives come close.

Can you make do with a department store brand? Sure. But if you want the best and can afford it they are peerless.

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Old 06-07-2018, 10:33 AM   #22
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I'm neither a butcher, nor a meat cutter. My go to knife for cutting meat has become the Victoronix Fibrox boning knife:

https://www.victorinox.com/us/en/Pro...fe/p/5.6603.15

Between the Victoronix, a Havalon, and a Rapala filet knife I can clean and process fish, birds, deer and hogs. The Victoronix is easy to sharpen, holds an edge well, and is easy to clean. I need to have someone make a sheath for it, as well as for my Rapala filet knife.

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Old 06-07-2018, 10:36 AM   #23
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My ol man has a cutco from the 60's he skins/processes with and its pretty legit, but i bet the steel is better than new stuff, just a guess
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Old 06-07-2018, 10:40 AM   #24
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The thing about Cutco is that once you buy them your done buying knives for a very very long time. If they get dull or break send them back and they sharpen/replace the knives. My FIL has a set he bought from his nephew and its jam up. I have the filet knife and its good for trout and crappie, but the Bubba blade set is much better for red fish and snapper.
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Old 06-07-2018, 10:57 AM   #25
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I have ONE like this.

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It hasn't impressed me yet.
Really? Love mine. Makes quick work on deer/pigs
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Old 06-07-2018, 11:19 AM   #26
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I don't have complete set of the kitchen knives, but I own a lot of them. The steak knives are the best I've ever used. I have an 11 inch chef's knife that my wife messed up pretty good trying to use it as a meat cleaver. Sent it in and they replaced it - No Questions Asked. The cheese knife is the bomb. I have a couple of utility knives that get used a lot. Two sets of Super Shears - MUST HAVE. I've taken these apart and used to skin a hog because it was all I had in my pack. Worked better than my knife would have. Also have the same hunting knife pictured above in post #5 and I love it.
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Old 06-07-2018, 11:30 AM   #27
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Worth the price? Not really in my opinion. That being said it took me buying a couple of their knives to realize that. Now I wont toss the ones that I have but I probably wont buy another one.
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Old 06-07-2018, 11:48 AM   #28
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The kid that showed them to us told us how much money I could save by cutting up chickens, ribeye rolls, etc by having his expensive knives. I told him I could save $1200 off the top by not buying his knives because you can do that stuff with cheaper knives I already had in the drawer.
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Old 06-07-2018, 11:52 AM   #29
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I have some Cutco shears that are great, but the knives.....not that great. I've got a few of their carving knives and paring knives that are just "ok". They don't hold an edge very long, and I'm not very hard on my kitchen knives.
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Old 06-07-2018, 12:01 PM   #30
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Nope, they are stamped steel. Not even forged for that price.
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Old 06-07-2018, 12:08 PM   #31
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I have ONE like this.

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It hasn't impressed me yet.
I have this same knife with the gut hook. I have only skinned 2 axis deer but I love it! Stays super sharp and we caped out both animals, entire body and was very impressed.
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Old 06-07-2018, 12:11 PM   #32
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As a favor to a friend I had a Cutco sales guy give my wife and I the pitch last nite. To say I was shocked at the prices is an understatement. I just had no idea how much these things cost. I am sure they are awesome knives but $1,200.00??

Is there a high quality knife company out there that is not as expensive as Cutco or is that just price for a high quality set of knives.

Appreciate your feedback.
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From your perspective, OP. Is it clear after reading this thread if they are worth it or not?
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Old 06-07-2018, 12:12 PM   #33
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Wusthof kitchen knives are **** hard to beat for the money.
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Old 06-07-2018, 12:14 PM   #34
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Nope, they are stamped steel. Not even forged for that price.
This. They are cheap, stamped, poorly balanced knives. The reason they’ll replace a broken knife so easily is because they are so cheap.

If you have $1200 for knives get 3-4 Shuns or Mercer MX1s and a decent hone and sharpener. If you don’t want to spend $1200 get some Victorinox or Mercer forged and a Chef’s Choice sharpener. With any of those choices you’ll be passing those knives to your children if you care for them properly.

Avoid Dexter. Their handle sucks and they changed their steel a while back to subpar product.
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Old 06-07-2018, 12:15 PM   #35
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I have a hunting knife, the filet knife, and a set of shears. The shears are are awesome. I use those for doves, quail, and other various things. The hunting knife is pretty good, but I can't say it's that much better than other stuff out there for less money. I don't love the fillet knife, but I still use it. The extendable blade is a good idea, but it'll slide back in once you put some pressure on it. I don't have much experience with the kitchen knives.
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Victorinox knives are well worth the money, a better knife, and they are inexpensive.... I've wore out hundreds..

Cutco is the Kirby Vacuum of the knife world..
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Old 06-07-2018, 12:25 PM   #37
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There is room to negotiate price but yes I feel they are worth it. We’ve had ours for probably close to 10 years. They sharpen them for free for life and they hold an edge for a long time.

We just had ours resharpened. We’ve only had to have them sharpened 3 times since we’ve owned them.


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Old 06-07-2018, 12:28 PM   #38
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From your perspective, OP. Is it clear after reading this thread if they are worth it or not?
Yes and thank all of you for your input. Many times on this site a simple question or comment goes down the rabbit hole so fast the OP never get any straight advice. I commend all of you for your honest feedback

Simple answer is I will look elsewhere for some kitchen knives.
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Old 06-07-2018, 01:42 PM   #39
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I have ONE like this.

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It hasn't impressed me yet.

I have that one, and it is basically, crap.
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Old 06-07-2018, 02:09 PM   #40
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I have some Cutco shears,I think that are great
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