How to buy Calphalon Knives

Calphalon Knives


Calphalon Knives come in five different lines plus a limited offering of those knives with self-sharpening knife blocks or non-stick coatings. Just like with Calphalon Cookware, the company has a Calphalon knife set for everyone from budget shoppers to aspiring chefs looking for professional quality knives.

Lower on the page is a guide to selecting your Calphalon knives. Scroll down. This includes knife design, materials and construction. We also let you know what you need to know about the non-stick and self sharpening Calphalon knives.

Calphalon Precision

Calphalon Precision knives are excellent choices for people who take cooking seriously. They are all high carbon, no-stain German steel. They have fully forged, bolster and full-tang blades. The steak knives included with these Calphalon knives are from stamped, Asian steel. This is true of most of the more then 20 Calphalon knife set options that we reviewed. The handles are bar-riveted and labeled for easy identification. They come with a full Lifetime Warranty

Calphalon Precision SharpIN Nonstick 13 Piece Set

Calphalon Precision Calphalon Knives Reviews

This Calphalon Precision Self Sharpening, nonstick knife block set is our top choice.

  • 8″ Chef’s knife with ridge
  • 7” slicer knife with ridge
  • 7” Santoku knife
  • 8” bread knife
  • 3. 5” Paring knife
  • 6 steak knives
  • Kitchen shears
  • Self-sharpening knife block

This Calphalon Precision Nonstick set is an excellent choice. It is a very fast set to use. The longitudinal ridge and nonstick coating means that food will not stick. It is model number. 2078923.

Calphalon Precision Space Saving Knife Set

Calphalon Precision space saving knife set review

This Calphalon knife set comes with 10 pieces and a space saving block. It has a few less pieces but has all the basics for great home cooking

  • 8″ Chef’s Knife
  • 6″ Santoku Knife
  • 4.5″ Paring Knife
  • 6″ Serrated Utility Knife
  • 4 Steak Knives
  • Kitchen Shears
  • Space-saving Knife-sharpening Block

The maple block on this Calphalon Precision knife set is very nicely crafted. But, don’t buy space saving unless you need it because the price premium is high.

Calphalon Katana Knives

Our Calphalon Katana knives review rated these second highest of teh Calphalon knife lines. They have yayered, Damascus-style blades with excellent and durable VG-1 Japanese steel cores.

Calphalon Katana knives are very sharp, retain their blades very well and are rigid and strong. They are made of 33 Stainless-Steel layers, have integrated bolster and are full tang. The blades are good. Calphalon Katana blades are made of a polyresin, and are guaranteed not to peel, chip and crack. However, all Calphalon Katana knives must be hand washed.

Calphalon Katana 18-Piece Set

Calphalon Knives Katana Cutlery 18-Piece Knife Set
  • 4.5″ Paring Knife
  • 3.5″ Paring Knife
  • 5″ Nakiri (vegetable) Knife
  • 5-1/2″ Honesuki (boning) Knife
  • 7″ Santoku Knife
  • 7″ Slicer
  • 9″ Bread Knife
  • Eight Steak Knives
  • 9″ Diamond Sharpening Steel
  • Kitchen shears
  • Bamboo Knife Block

Katana 14 Piece Set

14 piece Calphalon Katana Knife Set With Block
  • 3.5″ Paring Knife
  • 5.5″ Serrated Utility Knife
  • 7″ Santoku
  • 7″ Slicer
  • 8″ Chef’s Knife
  • 6 Steak Knives
  • Kitchen Shears
  • 9″ Diamond Steel
  • Bamboo Knife Block

Either Calphalon knife set is excellent. If you buy the larger set then you will never need another knife.

Calphalon Classic

The Calphalon Classics are stainless steel knives with full tang. They are lower priced than the Precision and Katana models and won’t retain their blades as long but represent a good value. Some blocks come with the built in ceramic sharpeners which is good for a set like this if you don’t want to or don’t like sharpening your Calphalon knives. These automatically sharpen Calphalon knives with every use. The Classic Calphalon knife set usually come with forged, high-carbon, stamped, no stain steel steak knives. The handles are labeled for easy identification. Calphalon Classic knives come with a full lifetime warranty.

Calphalon Classic Self-Sharpening 15-pc

Calphalon classic self-sharpening 15-pc cutlery knife block set

A top seller, the Calphalon Classic self-sharpening 15-pc. cutlery knife block set is perhaps the most well known Calphalon knife set available.

  • 8″ Chef’s Knife
  • 8″ Bread Knife
  • 6″ Utility Knife
  • 7″ Santoku Knife
  • 3.5″ Paring Knife
  • 8 Steak Knives
  • Kitchen Shears
  • Knife Sharpening Wood Block

Calphalon Classic Starter Knife Set

Calphalon Classic Knives 6 Piece Starter Set

Available with free shipping for just over $100, this Calphalon Classic kitchen knife set is perfect for single people and people moving out for the first time. It probably isn’t most people’s last knife set but it is a classic wedding or graduation present.

  • 8” Chef’s Knife
  • 6” Utility Knife
  • 5” Santoku Knife
  • 3.5” Paring Knife
  • Kitchen Shears
  • Blonde Rubberwood Knife Block

Calphalon Contemporary Knives

The next Calphalon knives line on our list are the Calphalon Contemporary knives. The Calphalon Contemporary blades are high-carbon, no-stain German steel. They are full tang with an Polynesian style handle. Like every other Calphalon knife set, the steak knives are made from Asian steel.

This is a good compromise line of Calphalon knives. They are good knives but not as cheap as Classic for a starter set. If you are a casual home cook these are a good choice but the serious, home chef looking to buy their ultimate dream set we recommend paying for the Katana or Precision knives.

Contemporary 21 Piece Set

Calphalon Knives Calphalon Contemporary knife set
  • 3-1/2″ Paring Knife
  • 5″ Boning Knife
  • 5″ Santoku
  • 5-1/2″ Tomato/Bagel Knife
  • 6″ Fork
  • 6″ Utility Knife
  • 7″ Santoku
  • 8″ Slicer
  • 8″ Chef’s Knife
  • 8″ Bread Knife
  • 10″ Sharpening Steel
  • Kitchen Shears
  • 8 Steak Knives
  • Stained Maple-Wood Block

Calphalon Contemporary 12-Piece Set

Calphalon Knives Contemporary 12 piece set with block

This is where we recommend the smaller set. We think the ultimate set you buy for a lifetime should be a Katana or Precision set.

  • 8″ Chef’s Knife
  • 5″ Santoku Knife
  • 4.5″ Paring Knife
  • 8″ Bread Knife
  • 6 Steak Knives
  • Kitchen Shears
  • Space-saving Knife-sharpening Block

Select by Calphalon Knives

Calphalon Select reviews

Select by Calphalon is a semi-professional grade knife. It is made from no-stain steel. No-stain steel won’t lose its luster because of the added chromium in it. This is an intermediate between stainless and high carbon steels and is an excellent choice for serious minded home chefs. So Calphalon Select knives holds a better edge than stainless steel Calphalon knives. They are more rust resistant than a carbon steel knife but less resistant than stainless. Each Select by Calphalon knife set comes with a full 10 year warranty

Choosing a Calphalon Knife Set

For home chefs the main things to consider are the metal, the variety of knife designs and uses and the shape and construction. Unless you are buying a knife for a very specific purpose (e.g. a sushi chef) then we will focus on the Calphalon knife set that match your day to day needs.

The metal in your knife should reflect the priorities of your cooking. People often think they want a carbon steel blade because of its hardness it will hold a sharper blade longer. However, carbon steel will rust and requires additional care. Over time, even with care they will get a dull “patina” that won’t hurt how they function, just their appearance. Ceramic blades are popular as well but also require special care.

For most homes, a high-carbon stainless steel makes sense. High-carbon stainless steel retains its sharpness very well and it is tough and easy to maintain. They should never rust and are less brittle against hard materials.

Calphalon Knife Set Blocks

One big question is should you buy a Calphalon Knife Block Set or just buy individual knives. Calphalon Knife Blocks are an attractive, convenient way to store your knives. Also, a block set essentially curates a collection of Calphalon knives for you, so you are buying a good mix of types.

However, once you buy a block set you can’t expand it. Also, if you buy an unusual or new style there is no guarantee you will be able to buy additional knives of that exact style and finish indefinitely.

So our general suggestion to young people is to buy a solid, medium sized but inexpensive Calphalon knife set, like a Calphalon Classic 6 piece set, to start. This will cover the basics while you learn about cooking and earn more money. Then, depending upon the types and amount of cooking you do, replace it with a nicer set of Calphalon knives. Preferable a large, Precision or Katana knife set that covers all the bases. These are quality tools that should last a lifetime.

Calphalon Knives Design: Bolster and Tang

One thing we do like is a full tang blade in our Calphalon knives. This is when the metal extends all the way through the handle, which is usually sandwiched between wood, plastic or another material to make the handle. Half tang knives extend halfway into the handle. A full tang allows for increased force and leverage and is less likely to flex, bend or break.

When a Calphalon knives blade has ‘bolster,’ this refers to the knife blade with a very thick section at the base. This thick area provides some added weight and, especially strength to the blade. For a good, lifetime purchase, we recommend always buying Calphalon knives with bolster blades.

Calphalon Knives Review

In you liked this Calphalon knives review then consider looking at the rest of our Calphalon Buyers Guide for 2020. It covers a range of appliances and products. We like Calphalon knives and they compare favorably to Cuisinart knives we also reviewed this year. They have something for a broad range of household uses and price ranges. There are some innovative things including their non-stick options. The quality, price and designs of each Calphalon knife set varies a lot and we hope this has helped you select the best for you.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *