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Victorinox SwissTool RS (53935) $90

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The Victorinox SwissTool RS is a beautifully crafted multitool that has been designed with maximum ergonomics and utility in mind. Individual tools can be opened from the outside of the handle without having to open the pliers, while individual springs hold the other tools in place. Opening one tool does not splay open the adjacent tools, and each and every tool positively locks into place when opened fully. To close, simply slide the release button to fold the tool away. The SwissTool RS is basically identical to the SwissTool X, but with a curved seatbelt cutter instead of the metal file/saw. Comes standard with a black cordura pouch.

Color: Stainless Steel
Weight: 10 oz.
Length: 4.5"

Multipurpose Plier
Wire Cutter (wire up to hardness 40 HRc)
Wire Bender
Wire Stripper
Wire Scraper
Wire Crimper
Slotted Screwdriver (2mm)
Slotted Screwdriver (3mm)
Slotted Screwdriver (5mm)
Slotted Screwdriver (7.5mm)
Phillips Screwdriver
Bottle Opener

Can Opener
Large Blade
Curved Seatbelt Cutter
Spring-Loaded Scissors
Wood Saw
Reamer
Punch
Chisel
Scraper
Lanyard Hole
Ruler (9 inches)
Ruler (230mm)

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit

Victorinox SwissTool Spirit (53800) $82

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The Victorinox SwissTool Spirit is a beautifully crafted multitool that has been designed with maximum ergonomics and utility in mind. The SwissTool Spirit is identical in concept to the original SwissTool, but slightly smaller in size and lighter in weight. Individual tools can be opened from the outside of the handle without having to open the pliers, while individual springs hold the other tools in place. Each and every tool positively locks into place when opened. To close, simply slide the release button to fold the tool away. Comes standard with a brown leather sheath.

Color: Stainless Steel
Weight: 7.3 oz.
Length: 4.3"

Multipurpose Plier
Wire Cutter (wire up to hardness 40 HRc)
Wire Stripper
Slotted Screwdriver (2mm)
Slotted Screwdriver (3mm)
Slotted Screwdriver (6mm)
Phillips Screwdriver
Bottle Opener
Can Opener
Serrated Knife
Spring-Loaded Scissors
Metal File

Metal Saw
Wood Saw
Reamer
Punch
Chisel
Scraper
Horizontal Cable Cutter
Circular Cable Cutter
Multi-Purpose Hook
Coupling For Corkscrew
Lanyard Hole

Victorinox Forged Professional 10" Chef's

Victorinox Forged Professional 10" Chef's (7.7403.25G) $125

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The Victorinox Forged Professional 10" Chef's is designed for people who prefer a larger chef's knife for greater leverage and slicing power and who prefer to switch to something smaller like a Santoku for the more delicate slicing jobs. The 10" Chef's is large enough and heavy enough, and the balance is blade-heavy enough to enable the 10" Chef's to perform most of the cuts and light chops required of a light cleaver. Like all Victorinox Forged Professional knives, the 10" Chef's features a high-carbon stainless steel blade, hot drop-forged construction, ice tempering, bolsterless edge, full-tang construction, and ergonomic handle design.

Victorinox Forged Professional 10" Granton Edge Slicer

Victorinox Forged Professional 10" Granton Edge Slicer (7.7223.26G) $115

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The Victorinox Forged Professional 10" Granton Edge Slicer is optimized for slicing cooled poultry, roasts, and hams. The grantons ground into the sides of the blade permit very thin and delicate slicing because they prevent meat slices from adhering to the sides of the blade. The 10" Granton Edge Slicer also features a very thin blade, enabling the blade to slice through whereas a thicker blade like that on a chef's knife would wedge. The balance of the 10" Granton Edge Slider is neutral for control while slicing large pieces of meat. Like all Victorinox Forged Professional knives, the 10" Granton Edge Slicer features a high-carbon stainless steel blade, hot drop-forged construction, ice tempering, bolsterless edge, full-tang construction, and ergonomic handle design.

Victorinox Forged Professional 9" Bread

Victorinox Forged Professional 9" Bread (7.7433.23G) $95

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The Victorinox Forged Professional 9" Bread is optimized for cutting breads and cakes. The 9" Bread's stiff blade and serrated edge will bite into and grip hard-crusted breads rather than skid across the hard crust like standard knives. The serrated edge will also saw through very soft breads and cakes without compressing and ruining them. The balance of the 9" Bread is neutral for control while cutting breads and cakes. Like all Victorinox Forged Professional knives, the 9" Bread features a high-carbon stainless steel blade, hot drop-forged construction, ice tempering, bolsterless edge, full-tang construction, and ergonomic handle design.

Victorinox Forged Professional 8" Chef's

Victorinox Forged Professional 8" Chef's (7.7403.20G) $115

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The 8" chef's knife is probably the most popular kitchen knife in the Western world because of the myriad of different cuts, slices, and light chops it can perform well. The Victorinox Forged Professional 8" Chef's follows the traditional chef's knife design, but with the ergonomic handle shape and the bolsterless edge. The balance of the 8" Chef's is slightly blade-heavy to facilitate heavier cuts. Like all Victorinox Forged Professional knives, the 8" Chef's features a high-carbon stainless steel blade, hot drop-forged construction, ice tempering, bolsterless edge, full-tang construction, and ergonomic handle design.

Victorinox Forged Professional 8" Slicer

Victorinox Forged Professional 8" Slicer (7.7203.20G) $95

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The Victorinox Forged Professional 8" Slicer is the same length as the 8" Chef's, but features a lighter weight blade with a thinner cross section to make this knife easier to use as a slicer but still usable as a general-purpose knife in the kitchen. The thinner blade makes the 8" Slicer much less likely to wedge on deeper cuts, and the blade has a much more general-purpose shape than specialized tools such as the 10" Granton Edge Slicer. The balance of the 8" Slicer is neutral for control while slicing. Like all Victorinox Forged Professional knives, the 8" Slicer features a high-carbon stainless steel blade, hot drop-forged construction, ice tempering, bolsterless edge, full-tang construction, and ergonomic handle design.

Victorinox Forged Professional 6" Wide Utility

Victorinox Forged Professional 6" Wide Utility (7.7403.15G) $90

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The common 6" sandwich knife lies between the typical the 8" chef's knife and 4" paring knife, both in terms of size and function. The typical sandwich knife features the same proportions, curves, and angles as the chef's and paring knives and thus switching from one of these knives to the other for different cuts becomes second nature. The Victorinox Forged Professional 6" Wide Utility is Victorinox's interpretation of the sandwich knife design. The handle on this knife is slightly larger than typically seen on sandwich knives, making this knife suitable for heavier tasks than is normally seen by sandwich knives. (You can always go down to the paring knife if you want something smaller.) The balance is decidedly handle-heavy for greater blade control while performing finer cuts. Like all Victorinox Forged Professional knives, the 6" Wide Utility features a high-carbon stainless steel blade, hot drop-forged construction, ice tempering, bolsterless edge, full-tang construction, and ergonomic handle design.

Victorinox Forged Professional 3.5" Parer

Victorinox Forged Professional 3" Parer (7.7203.09G) $54

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The paring knife is a must-have kitchen tool, and is optimized for smaller and more delicate cuts such as peeling apples, cutting fruit, butterflying shrimp, and seeding small chilies and peppers. The paring knife has a very small and thin blade that makes it easy to maneuver for delicate or complex cuts. While much smaller, the paring knife features the same proportions, curves, and angles as the chef's and sandwich knives and thus switching from one of these knives to the other for different cuts becomes second nature. The Victorinox Forged Professional 3" Parer follows the traditional lines of most paring knives, but is very slightly shorter in blade length. The balance is decidedly handle-heavy for greater blade control during finer cuts. Like all Victorinox Forged Professional knives, the 3" Parer features a high-carbon stainless steel blade, hot drop-forged construction, ice tempering, bolsterless edge, full-tang construction, and ergonomic handle design.

Victorinox Forged Professional 5" Serrated Steak

Victorinox Forged Professional 5" Serrated Steak (7.7203.12WG) $72

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The Victorinox Forged Professional 5" Serrated Steak follows the traditional lines of most steak knives, but is serrated along the entire blade length. The balance is decidedly handle-heavy for greater blade control during finer cuts. Like all Victorinox Forged Professional knives, the 5" Serrated Steak features a high-carbon stainless steel blade, hot drop-forged construction, ice tempering, bolsterless edge, full-tang construction, and ergonomic handle design.

Victorinox Forged Professional Chef's Set

Victorinox Forged Professional Chef's Set (7.7243.3) $225

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The Victorinox Forged Professional Chef's Set is composed of the 8" Chef's, the 8" Slicer, and the 3" Parer. The Forged Professional Chef's Set represents a substantial cost savings over purchasing the three pieces separately.

Victorinox Forged Professional Two-Piece Starter Set

Victorinox Forged Professional Two-Piece Starter Set (7.7253.2) $145

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The Victorinox Forged Professional Two-Piece Starter Set is composed of the 8" Chef's and the 3" Parer. The Forged Professional Two-Piece Starter Set represents a substantial cost savings over purchasing the two pieces separately.

Victorinox Utility Shear

Victorinox Utility Shear (87771) $16

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The Victorinox Utility Shear comes into play for kitchen tasks that are better performed with scissors than knives. The Utility Shear features one smooth blade, micro-serrations on the other blade, and a bottle opener integrated into the molded plastic handles. The Utility Shear fits into the square slot in the 17 Slot Bamboo Block.

Victorinox Forged Professional 17 Slot Bamboo Block

Victorinox Forged Professional 17 Slot Bamboo Block (41501G) $95

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The best way to store your Victorinox Forged Professional Cutlery is inside a block. The Victorinox Forged Professional 17 Slot Bamboo Block is constructed of premium-grade bamboo, which is stronger than the traditional maple and also more ecologically friendly. The nine slots in the top of the Bamboo Block house larger kitchen knives, a sharpening steel, and the Victorinox Utility Shear. The eight slots in the face of the Bamboo Block house paring knives and steak knives. All 17 slots go all the way through the block to let water and debris fall away from the block. The entire block sits above the counter surface for air circulation and to prevent the block from deteriorating from sitting on a wet countertop. (Shown for illustration purposes with Victorinox Forged Professional knives, which are sold separately.)

Forschner Edge-Mag Multi-Pack

Forschner Edge-Mag Multi-Pack (48344) $23

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The Forschner Edge-Mag is a revolution in safe knife transport. Each Edge-Mag is composed of two magnets (similar to refrigerator magnets in thickness and pliability) that hinge open and closed along a flexible hinge. The magnetic sheets firmly hold the knife in position and prevent the cutting edge and sharp tip from cutting or piercing surrounding objects. The Edge-Mags are very thin and take up very little space in your knife roll or field kitchen, and are very easily cleaned and dried. The Edge-Mags are constructed with multi-poled magnets that cannot magnetize your knives. If you like, you may cut/trim your Edge-Mags to fit your particular knives to maximize storage space in your knife roll or field kitchen. The Edge-Mag Multi-Pack contains four Edge-Mags in lengths of 7", 9", 10.5", and 12.5". (Shown for illustration purposes with Victorinox Forged Professional knives, which are sold separately.)

 

 

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool X Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool RS

The SwissTool X is shown on the left. On the right is the SwissTool RS.

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The difference between the SwissTool X and the SwissTool RS is that the SwissTool X features the metal file/saw and the SwissTool RS features the curved seatbelt cutter.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Pouch

Both the SwissTool X and SwissTool RS come standard with a black cordura pouch.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Pouch

The rear of the pouch features a belt loop for carry on the hip.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Pouch

Both the SwissTool X and SwissTool RS have the same dimensions and fit into the same pouch.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit

An alternative to the SwissTool X and SwissTool RS is the SwissTool Spirit. Like the SwissTool X and SwissTool RS, the SwissTool Spirit is a beautifully crafted multitool that has been designed with maximum ergonomics and utility in mind. The SwissTool Spirit is smaller and lighter than the SwissTool X and SwissTool RS, and features a more ergonomic shape to the handles when the pliers are opened. The ruler function on the SwissTool X and RS is lost however.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit

Individual tools can be opened from the outside of the handle without having to open the pliers.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit

When one tool is withdrawn, the other tools remain in place and do not splay outside as on competing designs from other makers.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit

The reason is because the tools are not held stationary with tension as on competing designs. The Spirit features small leaf springs on the handle that hold the other tools down and keep them stationary while you are opening one tool to use it. Note how opening one tool, in this case the bottle opener, does not affect the spring tension on the other tools.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit

Each and every tool positively locks into place when opened. Spring pressure holds the tools in both the open and closed positions. However, the open tools are positively locked open with a mechanical locking mechanism not unlike that of the Benchmade AXIS Lock.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit

To close a tool, simply slide the spring-loaded release button and fold the tool away. Again, the tool is spring-loaded and will snap shut.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit

Within the handle there is a small leaf spring that pushes the lock buttons into engagement.

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The largest tool on the Spirit is the plier. The Spirit is shaped so that the plier handles will be ergonomic in shape and comfortable to use. The edges of the handles are rounded and curved, and will not cause discomfort to the user, even when he must exert high amounts of gripping force during use.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit

The handles are spring-loaded against the plier jaws and remain stationary relative to the plier jaws during use. The handles snap open and snap closed relative to the plier jaws. This is in stark contrast to competing designs where the handles are held to the plier jaws with friction only, and the handles swing relative to the jaws. This is frustrating to say the lease.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit

The plier jaws are a multipurpose design and feature needlenose tips, flat gripping surfaces, concave gripping surfaces, and wire cutter/wire stripper jaws. As a general-purpose plier, this design is hard to beat.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit

The wire cutter will handle wires up to 40 HRc in hardness and will, of course, strip the insulation off wires.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit

The scissors on the Spirit differ from previous Victorinox designs.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit

The scissors are spring-loaded as with previous designs, but the leaf spring is not a machined part.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit

The scraper is also different from previous designs, and feature multiple cutting/scraping edges.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit

The scraper has V and concave scrapers.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit

The tip of the scraper has both forward and side scrapers.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit

The serrated blade is a sheepsfoot shape, presumably to prevent one from using it for stabbing.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit

The edge is serrated.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit

The metal file features teeth on three sides. The teeth on the thin edge function as a metal saw.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit

For cutting wood the Spirit comes with a wood saw.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit

The Spirit is equipped with a Phillips screwdriver,

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as well as several different slotted screwdrivers. The tips of both the can opener and bottle opener function as medium and large slotted screwdrivers.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit

The reamer/awl is useful for making holes in leather and fabric, as well as enlarging preexisting holes in soft materials.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit

The sides of the handles feature holes that function as both lanyard holes and a receptacle for a detachable corkscrew (sold separately).

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit

The Spirit comes standard with a brown leather sheath.

Victorinox Forged Professional Cutlery

Victorinox manufactures more than multitools. The Victorinox master cutlers have applied their unique ingenuity and techniques to design a kitchen cutlery line of very high quality. This cutlery is hot drop forged and ice tempered by master forgers in Solingen, Germany. Then the forgings are shipped to Victorinox in Ibach, Switzerland for application of their famous proprietary edge and rigid quality-control finishing. The result is beautifully balanced and perfectly weighted knives with full-tang construction, bolsterless edge, and ergonomic handle design.

Victorinox Forged Professional Cutlery

All of the Forged Professional blades are constructed from a high-carbon stainless steel (X50CrMo V15) alloy.

Victorinox Forged Professional Cutlery

The blade, bolster, and tang are hot-forged from a single piece of steel for increased elasticity and maximum strength. The hot forgings are ice-tempered to create a hardened blade that will hold its edge after prolonged use.

Victorinox Forged Professional Cutlery

A key feature of the Forged Professional Collection is that the knives feature a bolsterless edge. That is, they permit use of the entire edge from front to back. Compare the two knives above. The Henckels at the bottom has the traditional bolster. The very back of the edge is not usable. The Victorinox Forged Professional at the top has a bolster like all good forged knives. However, the bolster does not interfere with the use of the entire edge. The sharpened edge runs the entire length of the blade. The bolsterless edge is a decided advantage. If you think it is not, then it is probably because you are accustomed to using forged cutlery with bolsters and accustomed to working around the bolster's disadvantages. Once you use a bolsterless edge, you will find that the sharpened rear of the blade makes a tremendous difference in utility.

Victorinox Forged Professional Cutlery

One of the reasons the Santoku design has gained such popularity in recent years is because Santokus typically have a full-length cutting edge while equivalent chef's knives do not. All knives in the Victorinox Forged Professional Collection feature bolsterless edges.

Edge Pro Apex 3 Knife Sharpening System

The traditional bolster also interferes with sharpening. Knife-sharpening systems like the Edge Pro can work around the bolster, but most sharpeners cannot.

Victorinox Forged Professional Cutlery

A second key feature of the Forged Professional Collection is the ergonomic handle design.

Victorinox Forged Professional Cutlery

The handle material is Poly Oxy Methylene (POM), a soft black plastic that will hold its shape and will not crack or separate from the tang. The POM material feels closer to the pliable plastic used on Pelican Protector Cases instead of the traditional hard black plastic that tends to crack with use and age. The POM slabs are riveted to the tang and then finished flush with the tang.

Victorinox Forged Professional Cutlery

The Victorinox Forged Professional handles do not follow the traditional handle design. Above are shown Henckels and Victorinox Forged Professional sandwich knives. The Henckels features the traditional bird's head handle, with the spine of the handle being straight. The Forged Professional features the ergonomic shape with upswept spine.

Victorinox Forged Professional Cutlery

Here are two 8" slicers. On the left is a Henckels and on the right is the Forged Professional. Both handles feature almost identical amounts of "belly" in the handle and are very similar on the bottom of the handles. It is at the top where the handles differ greatly, as the Forged Professional features upsweep on the spine of the handle.

Victorinox Forged Professional Cutlery

This shot illustrates much better the amount of upsweep in the Forged Professional's spine.

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This is how the handles look from the rear.

Victorinox Forged Professional Cutlery

The belly and upsweep are designed to work in coordination.

Victorinox Forged Professional Cutlery

Note how the upsweep fills the hollow of the hand. Handles with a straight spine like the traditional Henckels or Wüsthof do not do this.

Victorinox Forged Professional Cutlery

The fingers close on the handle's belly and immediately to the rear of it.

Victorinox Forged Professional Cutlery

When the knife is held in this position, it is very secure and may be secured by a light and lively hold. Thus, the knife is less fatiguing to control and use. We really like this handle design and apparently so do the knife manufacturers. More and more, the manufacturers are abandoning the traditional bird's head design and going with similar designs to this one. Already, Henckels has its "Twin Cuisine" line with a similar handle shape. Wüsthof also has its "Grand Prix" and "Culinar" lines as well with very similar handles.

Victorinox Forged Professional Cutlery

We opine, however, that the Forged Professional handles are better designed and easier to use than the Twin Cuisine, Grand Prix, and Culinar handles. The reason is the Forged Professional handles have retained the flat sides on the handles. The flat sides of the handle are parallel with the cutting edge, and give the user instant and reliable index of how the cutting edge is oriented and will cut. The ovalized handles on the Twin Cuisine, Grand Prix, and Culinar provide much better blade indexing than the terribly designed round handles, but they do not match the blade indexing of the slab-sided designs.

Henckels Bird's Head Handle

One of the reasons the traditional bird's head handle has held for so long despite its incorrect shape is that it offers excellent blade indexing. When you hold this handle in your hand, you know exactly how the edge is oriented and how it is going to cut when you put the blade into action.

Victorinox Forged Professional Cutlery

The Forged Professional handle provides better ergonomics than the bird's head handle, and better blade indexing than the Culinar-style handles. This handle is our favorite of the currently available, production kitchen knives.

Victorinox Forged Professional Cutlery

All knives in the Forged Professional Collection are laser etched with the Victorinox logos and part number.

Victorinox Forged Professional Cutlery

No single knife can do it all, at least not well, and thus the Forged Professional Collection is made up of several different knives. Each knife is optimized for its particular task, from length, to weight, to handle size, to edge design, to blade surface, to balance, and so on.

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Blade shapes are optimized for their intended use. When required or beneficial, grantons or serrations are fitted so that a particular knife can perform its intended task better than a general-purpose piece.

Victorinox Forged Professional 10" Chef's

The most versatile knife in the western kitchen is the chef's knife. The chef's may be used for cutting, slicing, chopping, and mincing. The curved edge allows rocking back and forth for fine chopping and mincing. Chef's knives come in blade lengths from 6 to 12 inches. The longer the blade, the more leverage you have and the more slicing power you can generate. However, the longer the blade, the more difficult it will be to control on the finer cuts.

Victorinox Forged Professional 10" Chef's

The Forged Professional 10" Chef's is designed for people who prefer a larger chef's knife and for those who prefer to switch to something like a 7" Santoku for their finer cuts instead of using a single 8" Chef's for everything.

Victorinox Forged Professional 10" Chef's Cold Steel Laredo Bowie

The 10" Chef's is a large knife It's about equal in size (but not in weight) to a Cold steel Laredo Bowie, which has a 10.5" blade. The 10" Chef's is large enough and heavy enough and the balance blade-heavy enough to perform most of the cuts and light chops required of a light cleaver.

Victorinox Forged Professional 10" Granton Edge Slicer

The 10" Granton Edge Slicer is optimized for slicing cooked poultry, roasts, and hams.

Victorinox Forged Professional 10" Granton Edge Slicer

The 10" Granton Edge Slicer gets its name from the grantons ground into the sides of the blade. These grantons permit very thin and delicate slicing because they prevent meat slices from adhering to the sides of the blade.

Victorinox Forged Professional 10" Granton Edge Slicer

The 10" Granton Edge Slicer also features a very thin blade, enabling the blade to slice through whereas a thicker knife like a chef's knife would wedge. The balance of the 10" Granton Edge Slider is neutral for control while cutting large pieces of meat.

Victorinox Forged Professional 9" Bread

The 9" Bread is optimized for cutting breads and cakes.

Victorinox Forged Professional 9" Bread

Many breads have a hard crust that will prevent a slicer or chef's knife from biting into and gripping the bread when you start to cut instead of skidding across the hard crust like standard knives.

Victorinox Forged Professional 9" Bread

To bite into the hard crust, the 9" Bread's edge is serrated and the blade is stiff. The balance of the 9" Bread is neutral for control while cutting bread.

Victorinox Forged Professional 9" Bread

Not all breads feature a hard crust. Many breads and soft cakes have soft crusts. A chef's knife used on this soft crust will compress the bread or cake and ruin it. The 9" Bread's serrated edge permits the knife to saw through the soft breads and cakes without compressing them.

Victorinox Forged Professional 8" Chef's

The 8" chef's knife is probably the most popular kitchen knife in the Western world.

Victorinox Forged Professional 8" Chef's

The Forged Professional 8" Chef's follows the traditional chef's knife design, but with the ergonomic handle shape and the bolsterless edge. The balance of the 8" Chef's is slightly blade-heavy to facilitate heavier cuts.

Victorinox Forged Professional 8" Slicer

The 8" Slicer is the same length as the 8" Chef's, but features a lighter weight blade with a thinner cross section to optimize this knife for slicing. The thinner blade makes the 8" Slicer much less likely to wedge on deeper cuts, and the blade has a much more general-purpose shape than specialized tools such as the 10" Granton Edge Slicer.

Victorinox Forged Professional 6" Wide Utility

The 6" sandwich knife lies between the typical the 8" chef's knife and 4" paring knife, both in terms of size and function. The sandwich knife features the same proportions, curves, and angles as the chef's and paring knives and thus switching from one of these knives to the other for different cuts becomes second nature.

Victorinox Forged Professional 6" Wide Utility

The 6" Wide Utility is Victorinox's interpretation of the sandwich knife design. The handle on this knife is slightly larger than typically seen on sandwich knives, making this knife suitable for heavier tasks than is normally seen by sandwich knives. (You can always go down to the paring knife if you want something smaller.) The balance is decidedly handle-heavy for greater blade control while performing finer cuts.

Victorinox Forged Professional 6" Wide Utility

Of course the ergonomic handle shape is there.

Victorinox Forged Professional 6" Wide Utility

And like all of the knives in the Forged Professional Collection, the 6" Wide Utility knife features a bolsterless edge, with the cutting edge going back to the rearmost portion of the blade. The larger handle plus the bolsterless edge make the 6" Wide Utility seem larger than it is.

Victorinox Forged Professional 3.5" Parer

The paring knife is a must-have kitchen tool, and is optimized for smaller and more delicate cuts such as peeling apples, cutting fruit, butterflying shrimp, and seeding small chilies and peppers. The paring knife has a very small and thin blade that make it easy to maneuver for delicate or complex cuts.

Victorinox Forged Professional 3.5" Parer

While much smaller, the paring knife features the same proportions, curves, and angles as the chef's and sandwich knives and thus switching from one of these knives to the other for different cuts becomes second nature.

Victorinox Forged Professional 3.5" Parer

The Forged Professional 3" Parer follows the traditional lines of most paring knives, but features the ergonomic handle shape and bolsterless edge. The balance is decidedly handle-heavy for greater blade control during finer cuts.

Victorinox Forged Professional 5" Serrated Steak

The Forged Professional 5" Serrated Steak follows the traditional lines of most steak knives.

Victorinox Forged Professional 5" Serrated Steak

But unlike many steak knives, the Forged Professional 5" Steak is serrated along its entire length.

Victorinox Forged Professional 5" Serrated Steak

If you are tired of wimpy table knives that cannot cut meat or vegetables well, give the 5" Steak a try.

Victorinox Forged Professional 5" Serrated Steak

We prefer serrated for our steak knives because the serrations cut food very well, but the knife does not have to be razor-sharp to do so. Razor-sharp knives on the dining table can be dangerous. Serrated is the solution.

Victorinox Forged Professional 5" Serrated Steak

The balance is decidedly handle-heavy for greater blade control during finer cuts.

Victorinox Forged Professional 5" Serrated Steak

Like all Victorinox Forged Professional knives, the 5" Serrated Steak features a high-carbon stainless steel blade, hot drop-forged construction, ice tempering, bolsterless edge, full-tang construction, and ergonomic handle design.

Victorinox Utility Shear

The Victorinox Utility Shear is for tasks that are better performed with scissors instead of knives. The handles may be used to open twist-off caps on bottles. The Utility Shear fits into the square slot in the 17 Slot Bamboo Block.

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The Utility Shear features a smooth edge on one blade and a micro-serrated edge on the other. During cutting, the micro-serrated edge bites into the object to be cut.

Victorinox Forged Professional 17 Slot Bamboo Block

The best way to store knives is in a block. The 17 Slot Bamboo Block holds 17 different knives.

Victorinox Forged Professional 17 Slot Bamboo Block

The Bamboo Block is constructed of premium-grade bamboo that is free of artificial stains or dyes. Bamboo is stronger than maple and is more ecologically friendly. Bamboo grows much more quickly than maple is thus much more of a renewable resource than maple or other hardwoods.

Victorinox Forged Professional 17 Slot Bamboo Block

The Bamboo Block is sealed with a no-maintenance finish.

Victorinox Forged Professional 17 Slot Bamboo Block

The 17 different slots are sized different to house knives of different lengths and blade sizes.

Victorinox Forged Professional 17 Slot Bamboo Block

The slots run all the way through the Bamboo Block to let water and debris drain from the bottom of the Bamboo Block. Four feet are screwed into the bottom of the Bamboo Block for air circulation. The four feet raise the bottom of the Bamboo Block from the countertop and let air circulate under the Bamboo Block and through the slots. The feet also prevent the block from damage if the block is rested on a wet countertop inadvertently.

Victorinox Forged Professional 17 Slot Bamboo Block

A Victorinox escutcheon is inlaid into the front of the Bamboo Block.

Victorinox Forged Professional 17 Slot Bamboo Block

The 17 Slot Bamboo Block is designed specifically for use with the Victorinox Forged Professional line of kitchen cutlery. The eight slots in the front of the Bamboo Block are for steak knives.

Victorinox Forged Professional 17 Slot Bamboo Block

The forged bolsters of the Victorinox Forged Professional cutlery will rest against the Bamboo Block's slots. The knives are secured by gravity alone.

Victorinox Forged Professional 17 Slot Bamboo Block

The slots for the larger knives are oriented horizontally so that the knives do not rest on their cutting edges.

Forschner Edge-Mag

For transporting your knives for field use, the best device we have found is the Edge-Mag. The Edge-Mag is a revolutionary idea in knife protection and safety.

Forschner Edge-Mag

Basically, the Edge-Mag is two magnetic sheets that are held together along a flexible hinge. The magnets are similar to the common refrigerator magnets in thickness and pliability.

Forschner Edge-Mag

The Edge-Mag is very easy to use. Simply fold open the Edge-Mag and place the blade against one of the sides. Rest the cutting edge against the Edge-Mag's shoulder rather than against the flexible hinge.

Forschner Edge-Mag

The magnet holds the knife firmly in position.

Forschner Edge-Mag

Close the Edge-Mag to encapsulate the blade. The Edge-Mag prevents the knife's cutting edge from cutting anything, and also prevents the knife's tip from puncturing anything.

Forschner Edge-Mag

The Edge-Mags are very thin and take very little space within your knife roll or field kitchen.

Forschner Edge-Mag

When opened, the Edge-Mag can be washed and fully dried before you reinsert your knife.

Forschner Edge-Mag

Do not insert your knife into a wet holder or the blade will corrode. Even stainless steel corrodes. The flat surfaces of the Edge-Mag are very easy to clean and dry.

Forschner Edge-Mag

When several of the Edge-Mags are stacked near each other within a knife roll, the Edge-Mags will stick to one another and prevent the knives from shifting about. The Edge-Mags are manufactured with multi-poled magnets that will not and cannot magnetize your knife blades. The Edge-Mags utilize magnetic fields that alternate every 1/8" so that there is no permanent alignment of the magnetic poles in any magnetically receptive object.

Forschner Edge-Mag

The Edge-Mag Multi-Pack contains four Edge-Mags in lengths of 7", 9", 10.5", and 12.5".

Forschner Edge-Mag

The 7" Edge-Mag will house knives like the 6" Wide Utility or smaller. If you want, you may cut/trim the Edge-Mag so that it is sized perfectly to your particular knife.

Forschner Edge-Mag

The 9" Edge-Mag will house knives like the 8" Slicer.

Forschner Edge-Mag

The 10.5" Edge-Mag will house knives like the 9" Bread.

Forschner Edge-Mag

The 12.5" Edge-Mag will house long knives like the 10" Granton Edge Slicer. Again, you may cut the Edge-Mags to fit exactly your particular knife if you desire. The Edge-Mags are inexpensive, so don't be afraid to experiment a little.

Forschner Edge-Mag

Even in camp, you can secure your knife against accidents by fitting the Edge-Mag when the knife is not in use. The Edge-Mag is so easy to use, there's no reason not to secure your blades as soon as you start serving.

Forschner Edge-Mag

This not a safe way to transport your knives. If you are fortunate, your knife will cut only your knife roll or other utensils. If you are unfortunate, your knife will cut you or somebody else.

Forschner Edge-Mag

Once placed into Edge-Mags, your knives are made safe for transport.

Victorinox Forged Professional Cutlery

Fine cutlery like the Victorinox Forged Professional knives deserve to be kept sharp. Not only are sharp knives easier to use than dull knives, they are safer to use than dull knives. Dull knives require force to cut, making the likelihood of an accident much greater.

Edge Pro Knife Sharpening System

Our favorite tool for sharpening knives is the Edge Pro Knife Sharpening System. The Edge Pro gives your cutlery a precision edge that cannot be achieved using other sharpening methods.

Edge Pro Knife Sharpening System Edge Pro Knife Sharpening System

Bevel angles are adjustable from a steep 35° to a razor-thin 10°. The effort to resharpen an Edge Pro'd knife is considerably less than with any other sharpening system, and the amount of material removed to achieve a razor-sharp edge is dramatically reduced compared to conventional sharpening systems.

Edge Pro Knife Sharpening System

Edge Pro edges are even, exact, and free of burrs, consistently, quickly, and easily every time.

Victorinox Forged Professional Cutlery

The Edge Pro's patented knife guide system does not clamp the blade like inferior sharpening systems, so the Edge Pro will easily sharpen any blade length or blade shape at precisely the same angle every time. Knives like the Victorinox Forged Professional Knives are easily sharpened on the Edge Pro. The Edge Pro accommodates all blade heights, lengths, and shapes. Plain edges or granton edges do not matter on the Edge Pro.

Victorinox Forged Professional 7" Granton Edge Santoku

Here is what the 7" Granton Edge Santoku's edge looks like from the factory. This is a very good factory edge.

Victorinox Forged Professional 7" Granton Edge Santoku

Here is the identical knife after after the Edge Pro. Note how the edge is perfectly even and mirror polished. There is no comparison to the factory edge. The difference in slicing efficiency between the factory edge and Edge Pro edge is more dramatic than the visual difference.

Victorinox Forged Professional 8" Slicer

Knives with thin blades often present sharpening issues because their blades easily flex and the consistency of the edge angles can be affected. This is not a problem on the Edge Pro, because the portion of the blade being sharpened rests upon the blade table during sharpening and blade flex is eliminated. Even on very long and thin bread knives, the edge remains consistent from front to back and side to side. Sharpening this Forged Professional 8" Slicer is child's play on the Edge Pro.

Victorinox Forged Professional 8" Slicer

After an Edge Pro session, the edge looks like this. The edge is perfectly even and razor-sharp from tip to bolster.

Victorinox Forged Professional 6" Boning

This boning knife features a blade with recurve at the rear and a tip with a very small radius.

Victorinox Forged Professional 6" Boning

The Edge Pro can sharpen this odd blade shape easily. The Edge Pro edge is perfectly even and razor sharp from tip to bolster. No other sharpening method can produce such a result. While the factory edges on the Forged Professional knives are very good, they can be improved upon with the Edge Pro Sharpening System.