We were thrilled to receive this Pioneer Woman Rustic Knife set with Rosewood Handles the other day. As soon as it arrived we opened it and hand washed all the knives and dried them so we could start trying them out.
First let me start out by saying once you see this set all together in person you will fall in love with the looks of the rich Rosewood handles and stained holding block to match.
The knives themselves are well balanced in your hand and gives you a very comfortable and sure grip on each. The wood handles are very solid and smooth to the touch. The blades on the knives are a very strong stainless steel, not the type that bends on you. We have had knife sets in the past with blades so thin they would bend sideways when trying to cut a roast. The handles are riveted to the blade so no chance of the blade coming loose from the handle
These come pre-sharpened and each knife has a tip guard on it when it arrives which is a nice feature, no need to start sharpening them first. Please refer to the item description above for the complete list of included knives, I won't waste your time posting them here.
Our first try was on a tomato, I used the 5" utility knife and it sliced through the tomato perfectly! I was able to get very thin slices if I tried as well as nice thick ones with no mess or "squishing" of the tomato. We had a pork roast that night so we where able to try out the 8" chef knife and oh how it cut with ease. Again I was able to cut almost paper thin slices if needed as well as thicker with no problems at all.
I think the thing that impressed us the most was the pair of shears included. They are not like so many other sets come with that look like scissors, these look and feel like pruning shears! We haven't tried but I can just about guarantee that you could cut through a chicken with no problems what so ever.
I would really have to recommend this set to anyone needing a set for the first time, a replacement set or to give as a gift. The only thing about this that would be a negative is it comes in a basic plain brown box with some printing on the sides, but your not buying it for the box.