A reader had asked a question about the numbers on the wooden handles of Chicago Cutlery’s knives (turns out they are model numbers me thinks). While researching I came across this Fusion 18-piece knife set. Normally we don’t review knives on this blog but this set looks to be a really good deal and I’m thinking about buying it. They are high carbon stainless with nice grip-able handles. The wood storage block comes with a peeler, parer, utility, steak knives, partoku, bread knife, santoku, chef knife, slicer, and sharpening steel. It’s a complete kitchen in one nice package.
Why don’t they call it a Cutlery Caddy? I think alliteration is clever, but I like puns as well so don’t mind me. I have always found cutlery caddies (I’m sticking with this term) and racks for flatware very handy when you have buffet style dining. This set is nice enough to be used at the dining table and useful for when someone drops a fork or decides they need a spoon for the dessert they declined twice. This set comes in a nice wooden tray with three ceramic containers for knife, fork and spoon. Please be careful as the ceramic containers don’t seem to be dishwasher safe and will break if dropped. Best guess on capacity is at least a serving set for eight diners.
If you check out our History & Trivia section you can see a diagram that shows the family tree of all utensils. The spork everyone seems to know, but the under appreciated knork is now an actual company that creates this combination of knife and fork. Both sides of the fork are sharpened to act as a knife. This is nice for both us left-handers and even more so for people with only one hand. There will be some issues where the food item you are trying to cut slides around the plate but you can’t solve all the worlds problems at once. Handy at picnics as well. They come in stainless steel with a nice black matte finish.
It was an outdoor picnic at work and we served potato salad, barbequed steak and chicken. A lovely sunshiny day where we all sat on the grass with cold drinks in hand and styrofoam plates full of good food. As I went to sit amongst my co-workers I noticed I had to pick my seat on the ground carefully as there were little burial mounds of broken dead plastic cutlery.
In case I haven’t already said it enough, I hate plastic cutlery. I’ve certainly already reviewed various types of portable carry cutlery (I think I just invented a new industry term). We’ve looked a sporks for yogurt at the office and camping utensils as well. But where these two different sets would come in the handiest is at the company picnic or even better…the dreaded food court (where all bad plastic cutlery lives).
Now I will admit to have been given a few strange looks when using my own cutlery at the food court but when they see them in action the look becomes admiration. A quick wash in the bathroom sink after use (and then brush your teeth young man!) and all good. We’ll review the wood versus metal chopstick situation at a later date.