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Last Edited by BostonGirl October 16, 2013 at 08:11 AM
Well, I personally have owned the previous incarnation of this set which actually came with less for a bit more money. It didn't have the steak knives as part of the deal nor the sharpener. These used to go for $299 with the occasional sale for $199 which is what I paid. To get the extras now for $149 with free shipping is absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!! I'm actually going to buy a new set and gift my old set to a family member Smilie

http://www.costco.com/Saber-Knive...63004.html

For those wondering these are literally the best bang for the buck kitchen knife set you can get. Drop forged, full tang, riveted, high carbon steel knives. These are not dishwasher safe and will rust if left for too long in water, but if wiped down right after using they will last forever. The edge stays sharp for months of use at a time. I just hone them once a week and I've only had to slightly sharpen the pairing knife once (wife left it in the sink and it got a bit of rust and dull edge from it).

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(wife left it in the sink and it got a bit of rust and dull edge from it).
Way to throw the wife under the bus lol

I need a knife set, but I won't even be cooking until after thanksgiving.. should I bite or wait and see if there's an bf sale on a decent set. If I wait for BF, that $150 will turn into $150.66 due to my cunning investments.
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My current set is Wusthof Gourmet with some Wusthof Classic mixed in the drawer. How does this set compare?
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My current set is Wusthof Gourmet with some Wusthof Classic mixed in the drawer. How does this set compare?
The best review for them I could find is here: http://www.cookingforengineers.co...hen-Knives

They look to be roughly comparable to the Wusthof knives, for a good deal cheaper.
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My current set is Wusthof Gourmet with some Wusthof Classic mixed in the drawer. How does this set compare?
In the knife snob world gourmet is junk and Classic is descent but not as hard and tends to be very wide. A Saber is harder and thinner. However, a lot of people who do comparisons never keep their current knives sharp, so watch out when folks do comparisions as often they never sharpen anything...A sharp dollar store knife could be better than a dull gourmet knife.

Regardless, Costco has an awesome return policy so it's worth trying them out.
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My current set is Wusthof Gourmet with some Wusthof Classic mixed in the drawer. How does this set compare?
The value of these knives come mostly from the price. The quality you get is pretty awesome for what you pay for. I honestly would not know how to compare to the Wusthofs, but I think the first question to ask yourself is: how often do you use all the knives in a set like this? If you are one of the many people who have a bunch of knives in a block and only use a small percentage of them, then you should invest on getting single non-set knives. Probably a chef-knife and utility/pairing knife would be enough for most people.

All this being said, I know a lot of people will have problems shelling out $150 for a single quality chef knife when they could get this whole set for the same price. You really cannot beat the value of these Saber knives, plus it is from Costo, meaning a lifetime guarantee more or less.
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Way to throw the wife under the bus lol

I need a knife set, but I won't even be cooking until after thanksgiving.. should I bite or wait and see if there's an bf sale on a decent set. If I wait for BF, that $150 will turn into $150.66 due to my cunning investments.

Smilie She's not the cook. So she doesn't use the knives as much as I do. Still, if left overnight nothing happens. I just didn't realize she left the knife in there once and it was in sink water for a few days before I noticed it. We were letting a pan soak and it sat longer before we got around to cleaning the pan. I noticed the knife was left inside the pan and had been there for a few days at least. So it had a few spots of rust starting. Was real easy to buff the rust off completely.

Generally speaking I don't usually see good knife deals even on BF. I will state, there are still "better" knives out there. But you definitely pay for those. However, the difference in price versus performance is not what I call significant enough to justify paying anything more than this set at this price point. For $150 I seriously doubt you'll find a comparable or better set of knives.
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If these things live up to the previous generations, I'm in, but I can't find any reviews for the F-16 set.
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Ordered a set...they will arrive tomorrow afternoon. Not bad shipping time; shipping from Santa Cruz.
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If you are one of the many people who have a bunch of knives in a block and only use a small percentage of them, then you should invest on getting single non-set knives. Probably a chef-knife and utility/pairing knife would be enough for most people.
That's exactly what I did. One of my previous roommates said if you aren't a chef or cook constantly then buying a block of knives is just wasting money when you could buy better knives individually and only buying the ones you would actually use. I jumped on some deals on Amazon for the Shun knives, a Santoku, Chef's knife, and a pairing knife. They were completely worth the price and my chef roommate actually really liked them too, even though he had his own Wustoff set. He liked the skinnier knives for slicing and dicing but still preferred his German set for heavy cutting, due to the weight of his knives.
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That's exactly what I did. One of my previous roommates said if you aren't a chef or cook constantly then buying a block of knives is just wasting money when you could buy better knives individually and only buying the ones you would actually use. I jumped on some deals on Amazon for the Shun knives, a Santoku, Chef's knife, and a pairing knife. They were completely worth the price and my chef roommate actually really liked them too, even though he had his own Wustoff set. He liked the skinnier knives for slicing and dicing but still preferred his German set for heavy cutting, due to the weight of his knives.
Chances are, if you have a knife block set you previously bought which isn't a good set, it's mostly junk and not worth owning.

You buy a decent set like this, and then buy singleton items if need be to either upgrade or fill in certain things you may need depending upon your cooking practices. For example if you find yourself doing a lot of meat processing, then a cleaver may be something you would want. That would be an individual separate purchase.

A set like this gets you basically everything you need with a darn near lifetime quality set of knives. Again I'm not claiming these are the best knives around. But they are a very decent set and probably best bang for the buck you are going to find at this price point. If you go into just about any retail store, like Bed Bath and Beyond, and comparatively shop for a set of knives in this price range you are going to find junk level Cuisinarts, Calaphons, and the like. Lucky to get 440A steel and it will be most certainly stamped or cast knives. At least they won't be serrated junk though.

These knives are X50CrMoV15 steel knives (last time I was check into this brand). Which means a good carbon content for stainless steel knives (which is why they are a little less rust resistant than your cheap 440A cutlery). They are stainless steel so they do have some rust/corrosion protection with the 15% chromium and Moly Vandium blend. There are certainly better knife steels out there for specific knife applications, but for a single general steel, it is a darn decent knife steel.

Then you add in the build quality with the good steel and you have a fantastic set of knives for the price. The heat treatment on these knives with the drop forge build is just great. With the vanadium content it just holds a nice sharp edge for a long long time. True it is not the fun stuff like VG-10, but this isn't $80 per knife price range that VG-10 knives tend to go for. Let alone other harder to work with steels.

Here is a steel info chart.

http://zknives.com/knives/steels/...ov15.shtml

For brand comparison, many of the mid to higher end tiers of Henckel and Wustoffs are made from the same steel. The 4 star Henckels twin series for example are made of the same steel. Sets of the 4 star go for far more than $150 for less knives.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb...4+star+set

There is the amazon link for reference. I own many knives and this saber set is really my go to set. I have a few shuns and globals (globals I think are a bit overpriced for what they are usually), as well as an assortment of some specialty crafted knives I have picked up (more for collecting than for use due to their price).

Most people I know that don't fancy themselves as the chef of their home (they just cook food) typically have crap set of knives. Usually some $30-$100 set they picked up from some retail store like Walmart, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, or some QVC show. Those are horrible knives for the most part and really aren't worth a dime in my opinion unless you just need a slight sharp jagged piece of metal to cut twine or boot leather. Anyone reading this thread and is interested in actually making a decent knife set purchase, this is the best bang for the buck to start out with. I wouldn't go any lower on quality for actual cooking purposes. Unless of course you can only afford a $10-$30 set of knives. Hell I've been there and couldn't afford anything more than that but still needed knives to work with. I used cheap crap but knew I was using crap because I couldn't do any better at the time. Soon as I could dump those junk knives off in the recycle bin I did so.
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Just a FYI, the picture shows a 10" chef knife but it is NOT included in the set.
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I know nothing about knives but I wanted to get something for the wife. Thanks for all the comments, they have helped a lot! That's the primary value of SD to me.
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Quote from kalel33 View Post :
That's exactly what I did. One of my previous roommates said if you aren't a chef or cook constantly then buying a block of knives is just wasting money when you could buy better knives individually and only buying the ones you would actually use. I jumped on some deals on Amazon for the Shun knives, a Santoku, Chef's knife, and a pairing knife. They were completely worth the price and my chef roommate actually really liked them too, even though he had his own Wustoff set. He liked the skinnier knives for slicing and dicing but still preferred his German set for heavy cutting, due to the weight of his knives.
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If these things live up to the previous generations, I'm in, but I can't find any reviews for the F-16 set.
In case you are wondering, these should be the same knives in previous sets. The F-16 refers to the number of pieces in the set. This set has 16 pieces. The F-13 has 13 pieces. The F-20 has 20 pieces.
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The value of these knives come mostly from the price. The quality you get is pretty awesome for what you pay for. I honestly would not know how to compare to the Wusthofs, but I think the first question to ask yourself is: how often do you use all the knives in a set like this? If you are one of the many people who have a bunch of knives in a block and only use a small percentage of them, then you should invest on getting single non-set knives. Probably a chef-knife and utility/pairing knife would be enough for most people.

All this being said, I know a lot of people will have problems shelling out $150 for a single quality chef knife when they could get this whole set for the same price. You really cannot beat the value of these Saber knives, plus it is from Costo, meaning a lifetime guarantee more or less.
Agreed. I got what I think (?) is a great deal on an 8 piece Wusthof Classic set a few years back. Bread knife, 3" paring, 4" vegetable, 6" utility and 8" chef's knife (plus shears, toning, etc). $200. Love the knives, but outside of cutting bread, I only use 3 knives at most. Strongly encourage buying 2-3 knives you'll be happy with instead of 10-13 you'll never use. Just my $.02 as well.
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