I was recently asked to review these "Knuckle Sandwich" knives for Guy Fieri. It was a tough decision for me, because on the one hand, I am not the biggest Guy Fieri fan, and my blog isn't usually filled with product placement and equipment reviews. As my friend George Costanza once said, "This is the Blog, and we're NOT going to change it!" ...or something like that. But on the other hand, I make almost no money off this website, buy a lot of expensive ingredients, and spend a ton of time writing up my posts. My Mom desperately needed new knives, and I have been abusing her kitchen a lot lately, so I figured why not? One last question I asked of the people sending the knives, "Can I trash them in the review? Does the review have to be favorable?" I had seen the commercial for the knives and they looked atrocious. Who is the target market on these things? (If there is one thing I want in a knife, it is goofy flame cartoons.) Nope, she said. You can write whatever you want!
What an exciting time it must be for Guy. A few years ago he was just a dude with a couple restaurants out in California, now he hosts like 6 shows, has a line of knives and sunglasses(what?), an endorsement deal with TGI Fridays, and come next week, he will be the host of NBC's new show "Minute to Win It." NBC! I give Guy crap from time to time on the site, as do most other Internet food people, but you have to admit he has done well for himself. My dirty secret that I didn't even want to admit here is that I sometimes watch Triple D. Guy acts like a normal person on that show (unlike how he acts on his other shows), and he pretty much has the best job ever.
So what about the knives? Well, I wanted to bash them, I really did, but other than the look (and the name), these knives are great. Let me reiterate, I really HATE the way they look. But yea, other than that, they work perfectly. I will tell you about some features as I show the pictures.
Above is my Henckels knife, which I love. Below is the "Knuckle Sandwich Guy Fieri knife." Note the unappealing graphics. But more importantly, note the curvature differences of these knives.
Guy's knives are nice and heavy and feel nice in your hand. I grip most knives the way I am gripping the above knife, with the "pinch" method. The curvature and angles of the handle of Guy's knife allow you to hold it in a better way but still have control.
A sharp point allows cuts like this.
This is my favorite feature. I thought it was a gimmick at first, but I found myself using it a bunch! I smashed some garlic and ginger into a paste with it.
But more importantly, I Ripped through these cardamom pods with the greatest of ease.
I also got this knife which I have nothing to say about. I don't think I would ever use a knife shaped like this for any reason whatsoever. What would you guys use this knife for?
So what's the verdict? I don't know really. I DO know I will be sticking with the knives I have had for awhile, and my mom will be keeping these "knuckle sandwich" knives. I really did enjoy cutting with them, but like mine slightly better, and don't like these graphics at all. But the graphics are a subjective thing, and GET THIS: my mom actually LIKES the way they look! She says: "All knives look the same and are so boring, these have some style."