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Ginsu Knives Review - The best kitchen knife set?

Updated on July 24, 2014

Ginsu Knives - Is it a scam?

I'm sure you've heard of the Ginsu Knife. Supposedly, they never have to be sharpened and won't rust. They're essentials to have in the kitchen. I'll review my experience with Ginsu Knives so you can decide if they're a scam or not.

I love to cook whether it's making roast meat and vegetables, curry (yummy!), or baking Yorkshire pudding, apple crumble, or trifle. I've been cooking ever since I was a young girl helping my mother cook for our family.

Ginsu knives have been around since before my childhood! My mother never used the Ginsu knife before and was always replacing the knives she bought because they became dull or started to rust. I've decided to buy the Ginsu knife set, the Essentials 5 piece series, and put them to the test.

What is the Ginsu Knife?

Sounds Japanese, but...

Believe it or not, Ginsu Knives are not made by anyone from Japan. They were originally called the Quickut knives made by a company founded in Fremont, Ohio in America. They didn't have the "pizazz" to make it believable. Seriously, who would buy a knife named Quickut? So, they invented the name Ginsu because it makes people think of Japanese samurais. I know I sure did.

Note: Ginsu has no meaning in any language.

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Remember that iconic signature line, "But wait, there's more!" Ginsu knives helped popularize it in the late 70's and early 80's. I can't imagine any infomercial today that doesn't have this catchphrase. When you think about it, I don't think anyone would buy a product on tv if this tagline (or a variation of it) wasn't said. Between two and three million Ginsu knife sets were sold between 1978 and 1984. Now, THAT"S what I call successful advertising!

What's great about Ginsu Knives?

1. It's comfortable to grip

The Ginsu knife is easy to grip. It's really something that you have to hold to experience. The grips makes it easy to cut meat, veggies, and bread.

2. It's SHARP

When I say sharp, I mean sharp. This knife will cut through your food like cutting through butter. You have to be careful, otherwise you may cut yourself. To see how the knife performs, check out the video below. Watch as the Santoku (my favorite!) knife cuts through salmon and cucumber.

3. It's durable

The Ginsu knives I've had for several years still cut as well as they did when I first bought them. You don't have to worry about buying another set again. Once you buy Ginsu, you don't look back.

4. They look great

Although this isn't a practical feature, don't these knives look like something a professional chef would use? Just having these knives in your kitchen gives a great impression of the chef. I've been complimented so many times by family friends because of it. Thank you, Ginsu!

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What's bad about Ginsu Knives?

1. It's not invincible

Ginsu knives do live up to its reputation of being a quality knife set. They will get dull eventually, but nothing a quick sharpen won't fix. I recommend that you sharpen your Gingsu knife periodically. That way you can prevent them from being dull. Also, I've never had a Ginsu knife rust. So, you don't have to worry about that!

2. You need to buy them from a trusted reseller

Some people have claimed that their Ginsu knife felt cheap and didn't work as advertised. This may have been because they accidentally bought an imitation of the Ginsu. Beware of cheap imitations. You can buy the Ginsu from a trusted source, Amazon, by clicking any one of the Ginsu knife sets below.

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Ginsu Knives, in action!

Ginsu Koden Series 14-Piece Stainless Steel Serrated Knife Set – Cutlery Set with Stainless Steel Kitchen Knives in a Black Block, 05202DS
Ginsu Koden Series 14-Piece Stainless Steel Serrated Knife Set – Cutlery Set with Stainless Steel Kitchen Knives in a Black Block, 05202DS

If you're a professional chef, not only will this give people a better impression of you, but you probably actually use all of these knives! More expensive than the other knives but definitely worth it!



Is the Ginsu Knife for you?

I've had the Ginsu knife for a few years now and it has become a staple in the kitchen. I can't imagine cooking food without it! It's sharp, durable, easy to clean, and has a great grip. The Essentials set has such a variety of knives that I don't even think about using anything else. The company claims that the Ginsu knife won't need to be sharpened. I'd say it's a bit exxagerated although it won't take much to sharpen it again. You can find other knives out there that work as well as the Ginsu, but they cost a lot more. That's why I recommend the Ginsu knives, because they are a bargain for the price.

Hope this helps,

Rose May

PS: Have fun cooking! ^_^

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      Sultrylady 2 years ago

      You must be joking! I received these knives as a gift and they are the dullest knives I have ever used. My old knives froom 30 years ago are still sharp.

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      ybas 2 years ago

      nice knives

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      Rose A May 3 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Glad to help. I'll try to add more lens similar to this! Thanks!

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      Rose A May 3 years ago

      @NellyWerff: I'll try to add some more lenses by the end of the week. Thanks a lot!

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      Nelly van der Werff 3 years ago from The Netherlands

      Nice that you are doing reviews on 'as seen on tv' products that you have experience with. I don't need a knife set, but if I did, I would definitely consider Ginsu.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Interesting review! I didn't know about the history of the Ginsu knife - now I know!