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Best Cutlery Brand

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About.com 2012 Readers' Choice Awards

Thank you for participating in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards for Cooking Equipment. With your help, we're showcasing some of the best cooking equipment brands, products and retailers.

Here are the finalists for the Best Cutlery Brand. To help you make a better decision, read up on the finalists below.

You can vote once daily between February 22 and March 21, 2012. The winners will be announced on March 30, 2012. And don't forget to vote in all of the other Cooking Equipment Categories:

The finalists for Best Cutlery Brand Are:

Chicago Cutlery

This affordable kitchen cutlery brand got its start in 1930 as a knife conditioning service for butchers, and quickly evolved into a manufacturer of commercial knives. In 1969, the company developed knives for chefs and home cooks. The company has several lines of knives available, including both forged and stamped versions and collections that have various handle types.

Learn more about Chicago Cutlery on its web site.


The winner of last year's Readers' Choice Award for Cutlery, Cutco has a loyal following thanks to its long-lasting blade sharpness, and the fact that owners can send their knives to be factory-sharpened for free, for the lifetime of their knives. Cutco knives are made of stamped high-carbon stainless steel, and a special process of heat treatment and blade grinding give the knives their signature sharp edge. Cutco knives can only be purchased through independent sales representatives as well as telephone and mail orders.

Learn more about Cutco by reading the Cutco profile from the 2011 Readers' Choice awards or by visiting its web site.

J. A. Henckels

German cutlery manufacturer J.A. Henckels has been around since 1731, and over the centuries has been a kitchen cutlery pioneer. It introduced the world's first multipurpose kitchen shears, patented an ice-hardening process for its blade construction, and has received numerous awards and recognitions for the quality of its knives. The company today offers a wide assortment of cutlery lines under the Zwilling and J.A. Henckels names. This is Henckels' second year as a finalist for Best Cutlery Brand.

Learn more about J.A. Henckels by reading the Henckels profile from the 2011 Readers' Choice Awards or by visiting its web site.

Rachael Ray by Furi

Another repeat finalist, Furi's Rachael Ray cutlery continues to attract a loyal following. With their signature bright-orange handles and neat features, like a storage sleeve that has a built-in honing surface and anti-microbial handles, these knives are thoughtfully designed and reasonably priced.

Learn more about Rachael Ray by Furi by reading the Rachael Ray by Furi profile from the 2011 Readers' Choice Awards or by visiting the Rachael Ray store site.


Wusthof is again a finalist in the kitchen cutlery category, recognized for its tradition of high quality that dates back to 1814. This brand is particularly favored by professional chefs for its durable and balanced design. In recent years, Wusthof has expanded its offerings to include a wider variety of designs and constructions, including some more entry-level options.

Learn more about Wusthof by reading the Wusthof profile from the 2011 Readers' Choice Awards or by visiting the company's web site.

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