I am absolutely in love! They handle so well. I’ve received many compliments on the knives themselves and the custom G I got on mine. I think the customization of the knives was priced fairly as well. Only thing I would have wished for would be to have sheaths for my knives. I assumed they would come with sheaths but they only came with plastic ones for packaging purposes. I would’ve even payed extra for sheaths if given the option.
What i like about the Meridian Chefs knife is how it feel in your hands. The knife is very comfortable, the handle is great, you can get a good grip on the knife. The look is also very beautiful, the knife is very unique. The only complain is that the knife is not very sharp out of the box ! The knife is dull in the middle of the blade. I needed to give it a small pass thru a sharpening stone just to get it sharp enough to cut thru a tomato without squishing the tomato. Dont know if it was just the knife i got, but the company needs to look into the quality control before it is ship to the customer! But, i will definitely recommend this knife to anybody looking for an awesome knife. In my opinion, is the best german knife out of the “Big three” of the german knife makers.
Love the chef knife, paring not so much. Paring k ife was not particularly sharp out of the box.
The knife is very sharp with a well-made handle. Although it's quite heavy, the weight-balance is so good that you do not feel that much. Great!
these are top quality and very functional in food prep
These knives are really outstanding and the price is very competitive with other sites.
Pairing knife is great. I had a major issue with cheap packaging causing damage to the product during shipping. The knives are very good but the chef knife was not as sharp as I expected. Slicing tomatoes was not as easy and as clean as one would expect from a $100+ knife.
As good as the Wustofs I used to use. More comfortable handle/bolster than Le Cordon Bleu series.
When I received the knives, the box it came with seemed like it wasn't new. Also, though the blades did not show any signs of prior use, the handles had scratches which indicate either they weren't brand new or it was stored poorly out of the box before (or may have been returned??)..
Very sharp, wife loves them. Finally we have good sharp knoves.
Robert S. Metz
Great, sharpe knives.
Beautiful set, but honestly the Chef's knife is the real star here. The balance and heft are incredible and sharp as a razor. If you can handle the 9" version, I think that would be even better, but if you're a novice and doing a lot of chopping, I think the 8" would be less fatiguing. The Chef knife has some major heft compared to many German forged steel knives, weighing in at almost .85 lbs. Most German forged steels are about .6 lbs., but the extra weight doesn't seem fatiguing, possibly due to its balance. If you want a lighter Messermeister Elite Chef's knife, try the Stealth model. It's closer in weight to the Wusthoff Classic line. Messermeister handles are also a lot more comfortable and feel more secure in the hand than many other brands - way better than Wusthof or Henkels by long shot IMO. Be sure to get a decent sharpening steel if you're purchasing this knife and it will keep its edge for a very long time between sharpenings. I don't think you can go wrong with this German, forged steel knife set.
Darn nice knives. Super sharp and great quality. You won't go wrong with these if you want high end kitchenware.
had to order a replacement, dropped my 4 year old Chef's knife and it landed on the tip ;(Bought this after taking a knife skills class with company owner's daughter. I use this knife everyday to chop 4-6 pounds of vegatables (for our horse) as well as my other cooking chores. Never had it sharpened yet (was thinking about having done recently), USE A STEEL...Also great at cleanly slicing the tip of my finger off, but that's another story....
Apparently, my dad has kept crappy kitchen knives for years because my brother and I gave them to him when we were kids. We remedied that with these for Christmas and he was delighted. We have to remind him to use the steel like you do with good knives. What a good deal for two knives, too!
These things are sooooo nice. Perfect stability in design and sharp. Look 'em up. They rate highly. A little on the pricey side, but I suspect they'll last.
I love these knives. I've owned them for over 12 years and they are still as great today as they were when I first bought them. I love the curve of the blade, it's perfect for a easy rock to be able to chop quickly. I've used my friends' and family's Wusthoff and Henckels knives and they don't rock as well and make it so hard to chop or cut precisely and quickly. You do need to remember to use the steel regularly otherwise the knives will dull (same as any other brand) but even if that happens Messermeister has an AWESOME knife sharpening program where you can ship your knives to them and they will sharpen it for free, you just have to pay shipping back to you ($10 for first knife and $1 each addnl) and your knife is as sharp as the day you bought it.
Obviously, knives are like stereo equipment; the only limit to what you can spend is what you have to spend. If you want to blow hundreds or even thousands on knives, be my guest. I am not a professional, and Messermeister is so underrated that they are still a steal.They are German steel with a Japanese angle...lighter than many other big German names (and less expensive) but heavier and not hardened to 60+ rockwell so you have less of a brittle edge and something that is a tad more forgiving in the event that you are unlucky enough to hit a bone/pit/stone/whatever and ding the blade. You don't even have to use a specialized rod (like you may with other brands...shun, I look at you) to hone them. They have only a partial bolster, which means they are far less of a pain to sharpen. I had a slimmer paring knife that I kind of miss...that's not in any way a knock on this, though, since I was recently at a knife store, and every paring knife there had almost precisely the same profile...It's just an oddball I had that I miss, apparently.I have only cut onions, carrots, and softer things, but my knives came sharp and are still sharp. Not razor sharp, but easily eclipsing the fairly decent knife I was using.I haven't gotten them dull enough to sharpen, but learning to sharpen your own knives is stupidly easy; one youtube video away. In the event that you don't want to do that, there is almost always someone with a setup at a sporting/gun show or in a kitchen store near you.
Meridian Elite is a terrific brand of kitchen knives. I was happy to find them on Amazon for such a reasonable price.
I love this knife set! Both knives are very sharp from the package. The craftsmanship on these knives is superb! The big chef's knife is very comfortable to use, it's dicing and slicing without strain. I also have very good japaneese santoku knife but this chef's knife replaced it for me in 75% percent of my kitchen tasks.