Cold Steel Kitchen Classics 12 Piece Knife Set Review

The updated CLassic Kitchen Knife Set from Cold Steel are an excellent option at the sub $150 price point.

Comfortable Handles, Sharp Blades and Impressive Durability Make This Recently Upgraded Cutlery Set A Great Option


  • Set Includes – 1 boning knife, 1 bread knife, 1 chefs knife, 1 paring knife, 1 slicer, 1 utility knife, 1 wood block and six steak knives
  • Weight – 4.5 lbs
  • Size – 10″ x 7.5″ x 6″


  • Comfortable, easy grip handles
  • Sharp blades right out of the box
  • Ice tempered, cryo-quenched stainless steel blades
  • Great Rust Resistance
  • Good edge retention for budget knives


  • Not as aesthetically pleasing as similarly priced cutlery sets. (subjective)
  • Doesn’t ship with a sharpening rod

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The Recent Update Improved Both The Handles and Blades

The Cold Steel Kitchen Classics 8 Inch Chef Knife slicing through a tomato on a wood cutting board in front of a black background.
The 8 inch chef knife included in this set is one of the best budget chef knives we have tested.

This popular kitchen cutlery set from Cold Steel  has recently been updated, and the new version is easily one of the best kitchen cutlery sets in the sub $150 price point. The blades are not high carbon steel, so they do not hold their edge quite as long as other knife sets at this price point, but the come close. The ice tempered, cryo-quenched 400 stainless steel blades are remarkably rust resistant, and they definitely hold their edge better than the previous version of the Kitchen Classic set.

New & Improved Handles

Close-up of the upgraded COld Steel Kitchen Classics handle. handle

The previous model of this knife set had very comfortable and easy-to-grip handles, but Cold Steel has taken it to another level with the recent upgrade. The new knives feature handles with stiff Zy-Ex cores and food-safe Kray-Ex exteriors. These handles are more comfortable than the previous models, and they are more durable and heat resistant. If you are looking for knives with handles that will allow you to slice, dice and cut for hours at a time without discomfort then the Cold Steel Classic 12 piece set may be a great option for you.

Overall the quality of this set is impressive, and many people report using Cold Steel Kitchen knife sets for ten years or more, which is rare for sets at the sub $150 price range.


Cold steel is known for its tactical knives, because they deliver great designs and excellent quality for the money. This tradition seems to have carried over into their kitchen knives. While they are certainly not on the same level as some of the Japanese knife sets from Shun and Kyocera or the expensive, high end kitchen cutlery sets, they are one of the best options at this price point and the Cold Steel kitchen knives are easier to grip.

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