The 16 knives that come with the Chicago Cutlery Insignia2 18-Piece Knife Block Set are eight 4.5-inch forged steak (non-serrated), 8-inch slicer, 8-inch chef’s, 7-inch Santoku, 7-inch serrated bread, 5.5-inch utility, 5-inch deboning, and 3.5-inch and 3-inch paring knives. The set also comes with shears, and the 18th piece, the knife block, features a knife sharpener.
The blades are made of high-carbon stainless steel. They are full tang, which means the blade extends the full length of the handle. The handles are triple-riveted with stainless steel for added stability. As with any knives, this set should be washed by hand. Chicago Cutlery stands behind the quality of this set with a lifetime limited warranty.
Cooking Detective appreciated several features of the Chicago Cutlery knife set, including the heavy forged blades and triple rivet design. PickMyKnife included this set in its review of the top options from Chicago Cutlery. The reviewers liked that the block made it easy to sharpen the knives and that the knives were clearly built to last. However, they would have liked a serrated steak knife in the mix.
Knife Sharpener Guy rated this set highly because of the durable design of the knives and the in-block sharpener, but he found the price was a bit much for what you get.
Around 75% of the buyers who reviewed the Insignia2 knife set on Amazon gave it a five-star rating. Buyers are impressed with how easily the knives cut through food. There were some concerns that the knives are made in China, but that does not appear to equate to poor quality. One verified purchaser mentioned that they did not receive all of the knives with their order, but Chicago Cutlery was quick to remedy the problem.
Pros: Durable, comes with built-in sharpener, lifetime warranty
Cons: Expensive, no serrated steak knife