Jamie Oliver teamed up with Swiss company Deithelm Keller Brands. They worked closely to produce “Jamie Oliver’s Kitchen Kit” range; a collection of innovative and stylish kitchen products, including the Jamie Oliver knife set.
Jamie Oliver’s Professional Quality Knife Block Set includes five knives:
- 11cm (4”) Paring knife
- 15cm (6”) Utility knife
- 19cm (7.5”) Chef’s knife
- 22cm (8.5”) Bread knife
- 20cm (8”) Carving knife
The woodblock is a very handsomely shaped solid piece of gorgeous beech wood. It is quite narrow so fits very nicely on the kitchen worktop but it is also quite tall which, combined with the vertical draw of the knives, can be unpractical under low kitchen units. One criticism of the knife block is that there are no protective edges around the knife slots. After a few months of use I can see the perimeter of the knife slots having small nicks in the wood from where, post-washing-up, the knives have not quite gone back in to the block with the care that they should have. There is also no space in the block for the matching Jamie Oliver Sharpening Steel which is sold separately. This is not a major issue at all but it is always nice to keep the knife equipment together. But why make space for something that doesn’t get used very often?
The knives themselves are very solid and strikingly designed. Holding the chef’s knife in my hand I can feel it is very beautifully balanced; they feel quite large and masculine as you would expect from Jamie Oliver. You can tell a lot of thought has gone in to the ergonomics; the handle shape is superb and the grips are super comfortable.
The knives are full-tang which means the stainless steel of the blade runs all the way through the handle, although that should certainly be expected at this price. They are made of Japanese MoV stainless steel, Japan being a country renowned for making good quality kitchen knives. Sword-making is of course steeped deeply into Japanese culture. They also come with a 25 year guarantee, something that will not surprise you on seeing the quality of these knives.
There is a pretty much a perfect mix of knives in this set. The carver is rather classy and the chef’s knife is a monster! If I was limited to just five knives, these are the five I would choose as you can do pretty much all your food preparation tasks with them. There is nothing silly. A particularly nice feature that isn’t often seen is that each knife has its name engraved onto the end of the handles so that you won’t waste anytime picking up the wrong knife.
The knives from the Jamie Oliver knife set make that lovely sword-like shimmering sound as you pull them out of the block. Very cinematic, but how do they cut? Well when I tried them for the first time they were fantastic. Slicing through squashes was just like going through butter with a hot knife. A freshly baked loaf of bread? No problem. Neither was cutting through a tomato to get crisp cleanly cut slices. Lovely jubbly.
Using these knives is a pleasure. They are perfect for every day home cooking without breaking the bank, although professional chefs will undoubtedly want to look for a more complete range.
- Fantastic value for money.
- Visually appealing and stylish design
- Knives labelled so you know what they do
- Dishwasher safe
- No sharpening steel
- Block design not suitable for positioning under low kitchen units
The Jamie Oliver knife set offers fantastic value for money. Granted, they are not cheap, but they are extremely good quality. They are much closer to the high end than budget. Jamie Oliver’s kitchen knives are top performers; durable and well designed. It’s easy to see why the Jamie Oliver knife set has such favourable reviews.