chef using the single Calphalon knife to cut the onion

About the company

The Calphalon Company was started in 1963 and is currently based in Ohio, United States. The company manufactures top quality utensils for use in home kitchens and commercial restaurants. The types of utensils the company produces includes cookware, bake ware, cutlery, and kitchen appliances that are long lasting and easy to clean.

Calphalon Knives Reviewed

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Calphalon 12-Piece

Design and materials

The 12-piece set from Calphalon comprises six steak knives, an 8-inch chef's knife, a 6-inch serrated utility knife, a 5-inch santoku knife, shears, and a 4.5-inch parer knife. All the knives are stored in a storage block that has a wooden finish and features inbuilt sharpening ceramic blocks at the edges of the ports where some of the knives fit.

Usability

The large triple riveted handles on the knives give the cook a firm and comfortable hold on the knife when using the knives in the kitchen. The ceramic sharpening edge on the straight-edge knives sharpen the knives every time the cook removes and replaces a knife from the storage block, thereby ensuring that the knives are ready for use every time.

Users who have experience using these knives report having an easy time identifying each knife thanks to the labeled bottom edge on the handles that allows an easy identification of every knife.


PROS

  • The set includes a wide variety of knives for different uses in the kitchen
  • Inbuilt sharpening edges keep the straight edge knives sharp at all times
  • The handles are firm and thick for a firm grip
  • Covered by a lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Shards from sharpening the knives remain in the sharpening edge
  • The sharpening edges are only on slots for three knives

Calphalon 20-Piece Set

Design and materials

Calphalon 20-piece set has a wide collection of knives that cover all kitchen needs in a domestic or commercial setting. The set is sold with a storage block that features sharpening edges on the ports where the straight edge knives fit.

The handles on the knives are attached firmly to the blades using a rivet-less technique. The bottom part of the handles comes labeled for easy identification when selecting a knife from the block.

Usability

This wide collection of kitchen knives enables the cook to meet all his or her cutting needs in the kitchen from slicing, chopping, to paring. The included shears enable handling of delicate and hot materials without touching them by hand.

The blades, which are made from premium materials, are kept sharp by the ceramic edges on the straight edge ports on the storage block every time the knife is removed or replaced in the block.

Users who have bought this set give the sharp knives a thumb up. In fact, they advise anyone planning to buy this set to be extra careful with the ever sharp knives because they could easily cut the user if he or she handles them carelessly.


PROS

  • The set has a wide collection of knives
  • The sharpening ceramic block always keeps the straight edge knives sharp
  • The labels on the handles allow one to know which knife he or she is picking
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • The block has extra spaces that remain empty when all the knives are in storage
  • The blade on the paring knife is too long

Calphalon Self Sharpening 15-Piece Set

Design and materials

The Calphalon self-sharpening 15-piece set has 13 knives that have different uses in a kitchen, shears, and a brown storage block that has a wooden finish. The handles have a straight tang on the top part and the knives feature a bolster where the blade meets the handle. Blades on the knives have a satin finish and are made of high forged carbon for durability.

Usability

The self-sharpening knives are guaranteed to always remain sharp due to the ceramic sharpening edge that is inbuilt on the storage block ports that fit the straight-edge knives.

The triple riveted handles are shaped to offer a firm and tight grip while the labels on the bottom part of the handles ensure you select the right knife every time you are picking a knife from the storage block.

Users like the balanced knives because they make cutting easy and quick. The ever sharp knives have received praise from users who have had them for a long time who report never needing to sharpen the knives.


PROS

  • The set contains a wide variety of kitchen knives
  • Ceramic sharpening edges keep the straight edge knives sharp always
  • Blades on the knives are easy to clean
  • With proper care, the knives last for a long time
  • The knives are well balanced

Cons

  • The storage block does not sharpen all the knives
  • The pieces on this set cannot be purchased individually

Calphalon Bread Knife

Design and materials

The Calphalon bread knife is sold as a single piece that measures eight inches in length. The cutting edge on the knife is serrated, which makes it perfect for slicing bread. An ergonomic handle that is also wide offers a firm grip on the knife when in use. The handle is also labeled at the bottom edge to make identification of the knife easy.

Usability

We like the solid design of this knife because it combines a tang, bolster, and blade into one solid piece that hardly separates, thus making the knife durable. The blade is tapered from end to end to give the knife a long cutting edge that cuts different materials with minimal movement.

People who have previously used this knife claim that its use is efficient due to its lightweight and strong blade. The label at the bottom of the handle also enables the cook to pick the knife every time when selecting from among many knives in a storage block.


PROS

  • Labeled handle enables one to select the knife easily when removing it from storage
  • The long cutting edge enables cutting with minimal effort
  • The blade is durable and strong
  • The knife fits on the extra space on the other Calphalon set collections
  • The edge remains sharp for long

Cons

  • The bread knife is only sold individually with no other knives or accessories
  • The knife does not match the design of the other Calphalon knives

Calphalon 8-Piece Set

Design and materials

This 8-piece set from Calphalon comprises eight steak knives that measure 6.82 inches in length. Blades on the knives are slightly serrated, thus enabling precision cutting. The handles are thick and ergonomic for a firm and strong grip when using the knives. A solid body that comprises a tang, bolster, and blade ensure the knives remain solid and last for long.

Usability

We like the full tang design on these knives because it balances the knives perfectly. We also love the slightly serrated blade edge that cuts steaks precisely. Eight pieces of same sized knives enable easy replacement in case one knife becomes blunt or gets misplaced.

The poly resin handles offer a firm gripping space to the cook when using the lightweight knives. Users will find the bolster where the blade meets the handle solid and capable of holding the blade in place firmly.

Users who bought this set to replace pieces in other Calphalon sets loved its compatibility with different sets from the manufacturer. In fact, it fits perfectly in the storage block.


PROS

  • Thick and firm grip handles
  • Strong blades that remain sharp even after use
  • Slightly serrated blades make precise cuts
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Cannot be cleaned in the dishwasher
  • Individual knives are not available for purchase

Calphalon 17-Piece Set

Design and materials

Calphalon's 17-piece set comprises a set of steak knives, a parer knife, chef knife, bread knife, honing knife, shears, and a storage block that has maple wood finish. Included in the set is also a sharpening steel tool that sharpens the knives individually. Handles attach to the blade with a rivet-less technique and each is labeled at the bottom for easy identification.

Usability

The wide collection of knives covers all the needs of both a domestic kitchen and commercial requirements at a restaurant. We like the inclusion of shears and a sharpening tool that enables the cook to restore the sharpness of any knife that becomes blunt.

Users who have had this set in their kitchen applaud the labeled handles that make it easy to select the correct knife every time when picking a knife from the wide collection. Easy cleaning of the knives also features among the comments from impressed users. We recommend hand washing the knives on this set to enhance durability.


PROS

  • The set has a wide collection of knives that cover all kitchen requirements
  • Easy to clean blades
  • Sold with an accompanying storage block
  • Handles are labeled for easy identification
  • Solid and sturdy design

Cons

  • Cannot be cleaned in the dishwasher
  • The set piece are not available for purchase individually

Calphalon Katana Set

Design and materials

Calphalon Katana set has a wide collection of knives with different blades that include a chef's knife, steak knives, a serrated utility knife, kitchen shears, a slicer, and a storage block with ports that fit the individual knives. Ergonomic handles on the knives have a poly resin grip that fits firmly over the handles.

Usability

We like this set because of the sleek design of its handles. A bolster in between the handle and the blade allows a secure and firm grip on the blade, thus enabling smooth cuts when slicing, dicing, chopping, or cutting using the knives.

We also found user comments that praised the sharpening tool that is coated with mono crystalline diamonds on the outer edge to allow quick sharpening of the knives. They reveal that the knives are ready for use with just a few rubs on the sharpening tool at the optimal angel of 22 degrees.


PROS

  • Easy cleaning
  • The knives have a solid feel
  • The accompanying storage block saves space in the kitchen
  • Sharpening is quick and effective using the included sharpening tool

Cons

  • Cannot be cleaned in the dishwasher
  • Steak knives have serrations halfway on the blade

FAQ 

Is Calphalon a Good Knife Brand?

Calphalon branded knives are good for use in the kitchen because most of them come in sets that contain a wide variety of knives. The blades are also made of quality Japanese or German steel that is long lasting. The self-sharpening feature that set the Calphalon knives apart is popular among cooks because it ensures that the knives are always sharp and ready for use.

the chef using sharp Calphalon knife to cut the tomato

Where is Calphalon made?

Calphalon cutlery is made in the state of Ohio in US with some of the stainless steel parts imported from overseas.

How do you sharpen Calphalon knives?

Sharpening Calphalon knives depends majorly on the knife set you have. Most of the knives are sold with storage blocks that have inbuilt ceramic edges. Such knives require no extra sharpening. On the other hand, Calphalon knives that do not have the self-sharpening ports can be sharpened with a steel sharpening tool by placing the knife's edge against the steel sharpening tool at a 22 degree angle for optimal results.