Started in 1948 by the Swiss Karl Zysset, Zyliss began life as a garlic press and received extraordinary popularity. The company has flourished and designs and sells many kitchenware and homeware products with an interesting distinction from many other similar brands; Zyliss plays heavily on aesthetics, modernity and novelty design. While their products might not be to everyone’s tastes, they’ve certainly whittled out an important nook in such a vast industry. Zyliss’ products are, to a certain extent, quite fun.
The Zyliss 6-Piece Non-Stick Coloured Knife Block Set contains:
- 9cm Paring knife
- 10cm Serrated paring knife
- 14cm Utility knife
- 19cm Chef’s knife
- 20cm Carving knife
- 22cm Bread knife
Let’s not beat around the bush here – the main feature of these knives is that they are all brightly coloured in green, yellow, pink, blue, red and orange and it gives them an almost childlike quality. At least for a knife.
Not only are all the knives colourful, they also have soft handles which gives them the ability to be comfortable even for long periods of time. The combination of the soft handle and the bright colours makes dinner time feel kind of like play time and as far as I can tell, this is exactly the reason for the design. Zyliss want to make you smile as you work.
The blades themselves are sturdy, non-stick and made out of Japanese stainless steel. The blades are matching colours with the handles and although it looks like a novelty product, they are actually very good. They stay sharp and cut through tough things well while the paring knife is excellent with fine, accurate work.
The plastic base is easy to clean and weighted, making it nice and stable of the work surface and it certainly stands out with the knives in place. Another bonus to having coloured knives is that it’s very easy to tell them all apart which cannot be said for many other knife blocks.
Although these aren’t going to last you ten years, for the price, I would say they would suit an ambitious young chef or an everyday domestic cook very well for a few years and certainly brighten up the kitchen a bit on a rainy day.
- Eye-catching, happy design
- Soft touch handles for comfort
- Easy to tell knives apart
- Decent quality
- Won’t last you a decade
- Lack the sheer power and precision of professional quality knives
You won’t find these knives in a professional kitchen but if you’re not a professional, it doesn’t matter! The trainee chef might need something with a little more umph and resilience to it but for the everyday home cook, I don’t see why these won’t do the job well for a few years.
The blades are good quality and sturdy as well as being brightly coloured and the soft grip handles are actually really pleasant to hold. If this style suits you and you’re not looking to invest in professional level, lifelong collections, then I think you’ll do just fine with this set.>>> Click Here to see Pricing and Reviews on Amazon <<<