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Seriously sharp and seriously cool
on 6 December 2011
This set of black bladed ceramic knives by Kyocera comes with one 14cm Santoku (for general purpose) and one 7.5cm paring knife. If you've never used a ceramic knife before, they are extremely sharp and will cut you very easily, so great care is recommended when using. The blades are made form Zirconium Oxide, which is second only to diamond on the hardness scale making it an ideal material for a knife blade, and it will stay sharper for longer than a steel knife. However its brittle nature means it can snap and shatter, so it should only be used for particular jobs such as slicing boneless meat and fish, vegetables and fruit; and not for others such as carving, prying and boning. To wash simply rinse with warm water and liquid soap. The knives themselves are very handsome, particularly with the black blade, and would make an ideal gift for anyone who enjoys spending time in the kitchen. On first use I was amazed by how easily they cut through vegetables when compared to a standard steel knife. The weight of the knife alone is enough to cut through say, a pepper, with only a forward and backward motion of the blade. The handles are ergonomically designed and have a high quality feel. They are an absolute joy to use.
And now to price - they are expensive, but in my opinion, worth it. However, if you can wait a couple of weeks for delivery, I would recommend ordering from Amazon.com where they are roughly just over half the price than they are here on Amazon.co.uk. You will have to pay a little extra for P&P, but it still works out to be a lot cheaper.