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The Best Ceramic Knives Money Can Buy - Updated for 2014

Updated on September 8, 2014

Beauty and Durability

I have yet to own one of these amazing knives but I think they're great. I'm going to show you some of the best ceramic knives I could find, selected for their quality and value. You have a lot of choices, but after doing the research I decided that Kyocera makes the best ceramic knife, so I'm featuring only Kyocera products in this lens. Buying online will get you the best price, especially compared to high end kitchen stores, so this lens features my top selections at the most affordable price. Lots of other types of kitchen tools too!

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Can't decide? Get this one.

Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Kyotop Damascus 5-1/2-inch Santoku Knife with Pakka Wood Handle, Black Blade
Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Kyotop Damascus 5-1/2-inch Santoku Knife with Pakka Wood Handle, Black Blade

The santoku is probably the most versatile knife shape in the world. I have several knifes and I rarely use anything but my santoku. Peel, chop, slice, dice, mince, de-bone, a santoku can do it all and this one is the best ceramic version I've seen.

 

Basic Ceramic Knives for Home Cooks

Here are my top picks for simplest, most versatile knives from the Kyocera line. They make a lot of different knives and here are the ones I thought would be best suited for the way I cook. I use a ton of fresh fruits and vegetables and cook mostly Asian fusion. These are really versatile knives that would be safe picks for most people.

Kyocera Revolution Series Paring and Santoku Knife Set, White Blade
Kyocera Revolution Series Paring and Santoku Knife Set, White Blade

Kyocera is one of the best known manufacturers of ceramic knives. This set includes 2 knives, a 7" Santoku, a versatile knife shape that's good for fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry and fish.

The smaller blade is a 5" Paring knife. This is Kyocera's standard line of knives and this

2-knife set is a good deal if you're looking to start a set of knives.

 
Kyocera Paring Knife, 3-Inch White Blade
Kyocera Paring Knife, 3-Inch White Blade

After you've fallen in love with your Santoku, you may find yourself wanting a good paring knife to match.

 
Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Revolution Series 6-inch Nakiri Vegetable Cleaver, Black Handle, White Blade
Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Revolution Series 6-inch Nakiri Vegetable Cleaver, Black Handle, White Blade

Everyone needs a cleaver and this is probably the best you can ever hope to buy for less than $100!

 

How do they make ceramic knives?

Are you wondering how ceramic knives are made? I was too so I did some research.

I learned that it's a pretty fascinating process that mixes traditional knife making with modern technology.

Here's how it works: Ceramic powder and water are mixed in a drum, sort of like a cement mixer. This helps to make uniform particles, essential for creating a hard blade. Then, this liquid mixture is sprayed out flat and dried. After the liquid evaporates, it leaves behind a fine powder that will be the base for the ceramic blade. Next, the powder is poured into the knife mold then pressed at over 10,000 PSI (pounds per square inch) into a solid piece that will be turned into the finished blade. Then, the unfinished blade is removed from the mold and fired in a kiln heated to a temperature of roughly 760 degrees. During this process, the knife blank shrinks to about 1/4 of the original size and the ceramic becomes extremely dense and hard. Finally, the edge of the blade is sharpened with a diamond sharpening wheel and a handle is attached.

The biggest factors that affect the quality of ceramic knives are the heat of the kiln and the amount of pressure used on the blank. The higher the pressure and more precise the temperature of the kiln, the better the finished product. A high quality ceramic knife can be sharpened many times, and to a much finer and sharper blade than a low quality knife. A lower quality knife will not be as sharp as a high quality version. That's why the Kyocera knives I've chosen are a much better buy that their cheaper counterparts.

Caring For Ceramic Knives

Your knives will come with care instructions, but here's some general information.

Keeping your knives sharp is the most important part of their care. Dull knives will handle poorly and you're more likely to damage them.

The best place to store your knives is in the package they came in, or a vertical knife block. If you want to keep them in a drawer, place them in plastic sheaths.

Keep your knives clean - it will prevent the spread of bacteria.

Simple soap and water is okay, if your knives are stained, try a mild cleanser. Kyocera reccomends Bar Keeper's Friend.

Always hand wash good knives, never put them in the dishwasher. It's bad for wooden handles and the blades could chip.

Are ceramic knives really better?

Pros:

Sharpness - Ceramic knives stay sharper longer than metal knives

Odors - Ceramic knives won't absorb flavors or odors from foods. They're also non-reactive

Rust-proof - No metal means no rusting.

Lightweight - Ceramic knives are lighter than their metal cousins

Cons:

Brittle - Dropping your knife may shatter it, similarly, cutting bone or prying may break the blade

Price - A good ceramic knife costs more than a cheap metal knife, though not as much as a high end metal blade

Watch a Kyocera knife in action

Pretty in Pink

Kyocera knives also come in pink! For each set sold, Kyocera will donate $5 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, helping to raise breast cancer awareness and advance the search for a cure.

How Kyocera Sharpens Ceramic Knives

I love that Kyocera will sharpen your ceramic knives for free - just pay the shipping and handling. Here's how they do it:

Sharpen your Kyocera Knives at Home

Kyocerca Advanced Ceramic Electric Diamond Knife Sharpener- for Ceramic and Steel Knives
Kyocerca Advanced Ceramic Electric Diamond Knife Sharpener- for Ceramic and Steel Knives

If you don't want to wait for Kyocera to ship your knives back to you, they offer this at home sharpener. Ideally you should sharpen your knives about once a week, or whenever you noticed their cutting power decreasing.

 

For the Professionals - (or anyone who appreciates luxury)

Kyocera also makes higher end knives. They're very popular with professional chefs. These knives undergo a secondary process known as a "hot press" that makes them extra hard, extremely sharp and turns the blades an incredibly attractive black. They've also got fine Pakka wood handles. Here's my top choices from their very finest blades:

Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Kyotop Damascus 5-1/2-inch Santoku Knife with Pakka Wood Handle, Black Blade
Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Kyotop Damascus 5-1/2-inch Santoku Knife with Pakka Wood Handle, Black Blade

The only knife you'll ever need? Not an outlandish claim. Just look at this bad boy!

 
Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Kyotop Damascus 8.25 inch Sashimi Knife with Pakka Wood Handle, Black Blade
Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Kyotop Damascus 8.25 inch Sashimi Knife with Pakka Wood Handle, Black Blade

For pros only! Anyone who's tried slicing sashimi before is probably already drooling. I know I am.

 

Other Ceramic Kitchen Tools

Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Coffee Grinder, Black
Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Coffee Grinder, Black

Nothing's worse than an old, rusty manual coffee grinder. Kyocera's ceramic version looks like it would last a lifetime!

 
Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Adjustable Mandoline Vegetable Slicer w/ Handguard-Black
Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Adjustable Mandoline Vegetable Slicer w/ Handguard-Black

A mandoline is great for making precise, even slices of everything from fruit, to veggies and even things like hard cheese or garlic. Kyocera's version is likely the best you can buy. The ceramic blade makes paper-thin slices of anything!

 
Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Perfect Peeler, Black
Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Perfect Peeler, Black

If you've ever tried to use a metal peeler you probably know that most of them don't work very well. This ceramic version will make quick work of any carrot, potato or anything else you throw at it!

 

Do you love them or would you just as soon use a metal blade? On the fence? I want to hear about it.

Do you use ceramic knives?

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      Tom Christen 4 years ago from Switzerland/Ecuador

      A fantastic lens Thank you very much for sharing.

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Yes, I have a ceramic knife, although it's not a Kyocera. Just bought it at a market on day on a whim, but it's been very useful.

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I have many knives of various types, but no ceramic knives so far. I am going to have to look into them. Another reason to keep your knife sharp is so it will be less likely to cut you. At least this is true with good grade steel knives.

      TonyB

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      Tom Maybrier 5 years ago

      @Aibrean82: Oh man! I really, really want one!

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      Aibrean82 5 years ago

      We bought a Kyocera ceramic knife almost a year ago now, and I was just blown away by it! It's so sharp, and easy to clean. I would recommend it to anyone!

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      CornellMarCom LM 5 years ago

      I use a ceramic knife and love it. I didn't know how to sharpen it so I am grateful for the info.

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      onlyforwork 5 years ago

      Cute lens.

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      Delia 5 years ago

      I have never heard of this product, how interesting made of ceramic! I will have to check that out! Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great Lens, well thought out and constructed. Good luck in 2013.

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      I'm going to have to share this lens with my husband!

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      victoriahaneveer 5 years ago

      I've never even heard of these before but I'd certainly be open to trying one out. We need a new set of knives anyway.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It doesn't seem like these would be overly strong. They're impressive. What an amazing process to make one of these knives.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I just saw these at a warehouse store the other day - you've got me interested now.

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      Tom Maybrier 5 years ago

      @earaja: Same here! My fingertips probably feel otherwise, however!

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      Ceramic knives? I had never heard of such a thing! Seems they're worth trying, since they stay sharp longer than metal.

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      earaja 5 years ago

      when i saw how sharp ceramics knives are i want one

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      Im2keys 5 years ago

      these all look very very nice, I'd love to get one!

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      AstroGremlin 5 years ago

      I've never used a ceramic knife although can imagine how well one might hold an edge. Comprehensive lens, and appreciate your research on how ceramic knives are made and re-sharpened. Knowing both the pros and cons has convinced me to give one a try.

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      HomeDecorKnight 5 years ago

      Ceramic knives is nice one, great lens.

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      Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

      Ceramic knives are awesome, I remember my mom having a few in her kitchen.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have one that a friend gave me. I love it.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      I'd love one, they're a little out of my price range right now; thanks for all the great information, when I am ready to make a purchase I know I can make wise decision.

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      Asher Socrates 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Very cool knives! I have a couple of them in my collection. Huge Benchmark Fan here. Keep up all the great work. Thanks

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      I will have to try one someday....fascinating technology.

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      Good selection of ceramic knives.

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      Tom Maybrier 5 years ago

      @Millionairemomma: Thank you!

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      Tom Maybrier 5 years ago

      @mbgphoto: Thanks!

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      Tom Maybrier 5 years ago

      @RomanaSwan: Agreed! They're fragile, which is a downside, but they are so versatile and useful, I think they're worth it.

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      Tom Maybrier 5 years ago

      @jed78: Thank you!

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      Tom Maybrier 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Can't hurt to try it! Thanks!

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      Mary Beth Granger 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Great descriptions...love your recommendations.

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      RomanaSwan 6 years ago

      These knives are quite expensive but it looks like they could pay off in the long term. I still have not decided.

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      jed78 6 years ago

      I don't use them , but I wouldn't be against it! Nice lens BTW

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm on the fence, but would certainly be willing to try a ceramic knife. Nice job on this lens!

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      cooksalot 6 years ago

      I didn't know that they sharpened the knife for free. I just may get one.

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      jeffersonline 6 years ago

      Great lens Tom - I'd never even thought of ceramic knives before I read this.

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      AJ 6 years ago from Australia

      I am yet to try using a ceramic knife, but you have certainly pushed me in that direction. Thank you for the introduction.

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      Alex Graham 6 years ago

      I haven't used one before but now I am going to try one out!

      Thanks!

      Alex

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      BestRatedStuff 6 years ago

      Never heard of them, but this lens sure makes me interested.

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      MariaMontgomery 6 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      I've never tried them, but your descriptions make me want to try some. I'll have to think about it. Thanks for the info.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Pretty Sharp

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yes, this is something new to me. I really enjoyed your lens.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ceramic knives are new to me. Will have to try this out.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Waw I have never seen a knife cut through paper like that before. These knives look awesome. I really fancy a set now.

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      MariePalmer LM 6 years ago

      Yes, my favorite knife in the kitchen is my ceramic knife. They are better than stainless steel knives.

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      yayas 6 years ago

      I haven't used Kyocera ceramic knives before. I am certainly looking at them with a different eye after reading this page though. I had no idea there was anything so impressive available. Thank you for sharing this information.

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      Debi Jones 6 years ago from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

      I haven't ever used one but would like to.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have one ceramic knife and I love it.

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      Clairissa 6 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Very interesting. I will have to try a ceramic knife.

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      Ilona E 6 years ago from Ohio

      What I wonder is whether my hard tile floor would break a ceramic knife that accidentally dropped. My floor shatters everything glass and ceramic, it seems.

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      texasmaiden 6 years ago

      My daughter bought me a set of ceramic knives last year and I love them. I would have never thought that they would work better than metal blades but they are great. I have a habit of forgetting how extremely sharp they are so be careful. Great lens!

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      I've never used a ceramic knife but your lens and some of the readers' comments have gotten me very interested in trying one. Thanks for the great info.

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      June Parker 6 years ago from New York

      I was given one for my birthday last year and I was surprised to find that I love it. After almost a year it is still sharp and still slices tomatoes beautifully.

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      Markstuffnmore 6 years ago

      I have always been curious about ceramic knives, thank you for the information.

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      GypsyPirate LM 6 years ago

      I don't currently use them. And, it may take a while to be able to get one...but after reading your lens, I just have to have one (or two)!

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      Renee Jaco Whitfield 6 years ago from Bogalusa, Louisiana , United States of America

      Sweet lens on Ceramic Knives! Thanks for sharing = ] and yes I do use Ceramic Knives = ]

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      unqedomain 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing information about ceramic knives I really love to have one.

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      Jereme Causing 6 years ago from Philippines

      I like the description of your products. :)

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      SteveKaye 6 years ago

      This is good info. All of our knives are metal, and buying another knife would involve buying something that we already have.

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      NC Shepherd 6 years ago

      I'd never heard of such a thing. I'd like to try one before I made the decision to buy.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We have a wonderful ceramic frying style pan and it doesn't stick, it's great for eggs. Havn't tried ceramic knives yet, thanks for the info :)

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      ProHomeTips4U LM 6 years ago

      I've been thinking of it. Just bought some old-fashioned steel knives though so it will be a gradual process.

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      KireinaJeweller1 6 years ago

      Cool lens!

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      MBradley McCauley 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great info. I now know what to look for when I can buy a really good knife.

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      biminibahamas 6 years ago

      Not yet, but they sound like a great deal!

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      ottnepal 6 years ago

      Nepal is famous for Gurkhali khukuri and knives. For more info visit my lenses

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      A RovingReporter 6 years ago

      No, but maybe I should give it a try.

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      JenaleeMortensen 6 years ago

      Never heard of a ceramic knife. Thank you for this enlightening lens. I am curious to try one now.

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      Nancy Johnson 6 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      I use a metal blade. I have never tried a ceramic knife but would be open to trying one. I love a good, sharp knife when cooking.

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      getmoreinfo 6 years ago

      Interesting, I like to use small cutting knives when I am cooking, the big butcher knives scare me to much. LOL

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I've never even heard of them before. Guess I should watch more TV.

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      stormlyt lm 6 years ago

      Ive seen them on tv and always thought those knives are great.

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      stormlyt lm 6 years ago

      Ive seen them on tv and always thought those knives are great.

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      Stacy Birch 6 years ago

      thanks for the tips.

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      Andrew Scott 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Didn't know they existed. I've just got my first ever chef's and santoku knives (metal) and I love them, but now I'm starting to feel a bit fickle. These look great. Good instruction lens too.

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      susansweaters 6 years ago

      Skimming through this as a how to write an interesting sales pitch - sorry it was sooo boring. Tiny black and white pictures just don't do it

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      I have never tried them, but now you've got me interested! Blessed!

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Great lens, well explained, if I didn't have so many knives, I would certainly buy one, as you have done a great job with this lens. Thanks for sharing. Blessed

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      LynetteBell 6 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I've never seen a ceramic knife...you'd imagine them chipping! Look good though

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      Network Guru 6 years ago

      i want to buy a knife now

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      Steve Dizmon 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      As stated above quality Ceramic knives can be very, very sharp. Excellent tools but should be used with awareness.

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      sherridan 6 years ago

      I have never actually seen a cermaic knife, so I guess I need to reserve judgement

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      Kathleen Hiler 6 years ago from Mountain Home

      I have wanted to get one..just haven't yet..I will soon.

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      falling lakes 6 years ago

      Really nice presentation!

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      Country Sunshine 6 years ago from Texas

      I've never heard of ceramic knives, but I see they are worth looking in to!

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      Marc 6 years ago from Edinburgh

      Forgive my ignorance, but this is ceramic? As in, a mug is ceramic? Are they not super fragile and chipable? Weird! Let me know, if you buy one :)

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      DailyRogue 6 years ago

      I have one ceramic knife. I like it and use it a lot. Wish I would have bought it through one of your links--I paid too much!

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      we have lots of metal knives at home from cleaver to paring knives. ceramic knives are good investments but for now, i will use our metal ones.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Not yet but it is something worth looking into.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      i never thought that kyocera is also into knives and the like. all i know is that the company is into copiers and scanners. ceramic knives don't get dull at all. you can put them in the dishwasher and still they will still work. angelblessings for a very good tip on easy way to prepare foods and ways to write the amazon product description.

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      WahyuDrajad 6 years ago

      I can not found ceramic knive in local market

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      Dianne Loomos 6 years ago

      I've never tried ceramic knives. I do know that kitchen prep work is so much easier with sharp knives.

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      EllipticalTrainersGuide 6 years ago

      great job in sharing information about knives

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      sherioz 6 years ago

      Yes, I have one - got it after watching Master Chef. I really like it.

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      Thrinsdream 6 years ago

      My partner swears by them as we are raw and they are THE best knife as it stops the oxidisation, on the bad side I have a very clumsy daughter who cooks a lot . . . I think you understand this one very beautiful daughter, one superb knife, one stone floor . . only daughter left! I will be acquiring a set once I have taught my daughter to be more gentle with the world! Teenagers for you! With thanks and appreciation. Cathi x PS I am so glad the squid team pointed me your way, this has also taught me a lot about presentation too! All round brilliant. xx

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      Arc4life 6 years ago

      No, but i might get one ceramic knife just to test it out while i am cooking and prepping food.

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      B_Gollihue 6 years ago

      I thought I knew how to make great product lenses... then I came here. Outstanding job! This should be a "must read" for all new squids.

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      HeartBroken62 6 years ago

      Actually no...I do have some really nice Kershaw knives and a Miracle Blade that serve me quite nicely. Great lens though with a lot of really good information. May have to think about giving them a try my next knife purchase.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Must add some of these to my cooking knife collection! They look fantastic. Thanks for the info on how they are created. :)

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've also never used ceramic knives before, though I've heard of them. It was interesting to learn how they are made!

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