Aside from the cool alternative energy things that I found on Costco.com recently, I found a few other things of note, and one of them was Global knife sets. As you can probably tell from reading this blog, my husband and I really like to cook. What you might not be able to tell though, is we really like our kitchen gadgetry and quality tools. We found out about Global knives a few years ago from doing some research when we decided to buy better knives.
What makes these such wonderful knives is that they are made from one single piece of high-carbon stainless steel; they are seamless with no places for the knife to come apart or for unsavory things to lurk after cutting and cleaning. They are lightweight but have a perfect balance for a variety of hand sizes. They are made of a much harder steel alloy than knives such as Henkels or Wusthof. They have a thin blade (much thinner than other knives) that can maintain a very sharp edge, however, the blade is surprisingly durable. They have a very distinctive black dimpling on the handle that makes for a virtually slip-proof handle, no matter how wet the knife or your hand gets; these dimples act like little suction cups to keep your grip on the handle.
They have a couple of different sets of Global knives available on Costco.com: a 6-piece set with a knife block, 2-piece carving set, and a 4-piece steak knife set.
- 6-Piece Knife Set with Knife Block: This set contains 5 knives and the stainless steel knife block. You get the following knives: a 4″ paring knife, 5″ chef’s utility knife, 7″ santoku knife, 8.25″ carving knife, and an 8.75″ bread knife. And remarkably, this set is just $349.99, including shipping. This might seem like a lot of money if you haven’t been out buying good knives recently, but these are a serious bargain! This same set can be found for over $600 online but I did find the same set selling for a low of $463.50 at Chef Knives To Go. That’s the cheapest I found them, even Amazon is selling them for $495. But even at $463, that’s still over $100 more than getting them at Costco.com. I wish I didn’t have my knives already because I would snap this up; this is about how much we paid for the 3 Global knives that we have. That makes me sad.
- 2-Piece Carving Set: This set includes an 8″ carving knife and a 6.5″ straight fork. You can get this at Costco.com for $139.99, including shipping. The difference in pricing between Costco and other retailers isn’t quite as dramatic with this set, ranging from $145 to over $200. However, Costco’s price is still the lowest that I found. And you do always have the excellent Costco guarantee and returns policy if you buy them there, which might tip the decision.
- 4-Piece Steak Knife Set: This set is made up of 4 serrated 4.5″ steak knives. They’re made just like the other Global knives with the one piece design and the dimples on the perfectly balanced handle. At Costco.com the set sells for $119.99, including shipping. You can find them other places online for somewhere in the $150 – $175 range for the same 4 steak knives.
This is exactly the reason we all love Costco: high quality products for exceptional prices that can’t be beaten.